UN Conference failed to reach agreement on a treaty that would regulate the global trade in arms – Red Cross (ICRC) disappointed – Published 29 July 2012 1825 GMT/UTC

Geneva/New York (ICRC) – The United Nations Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty, which ended on 27 July in New York, failed to reach agreement on a treaty that would regulate the global trade in arms. The conference did, however, demonstrate that an overwhelming majority of States support a norm requiring States not to transfer conventional weapons to those who are likely to use them to commit war crimes or serious violations of international human rights law

“The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is disappointed that States were unable to adopt an Arms Trade Treaty as hoped,” said Peter Herby, the head of the Arms Unit at the ICRC. “In our view, the text of the final draft treaty presented by the President of the Diplomatic Conference, Ambassador Roberto García Moritán was a strong response to the humanitarian problem and a reasonable compromise.”

That text would have required States Parties to assess the risk that the conventional arms and ammunition they transfer would be used to commit serious violations of humanitarian law and human rights law – and to deny a transfer if an overriding risk exists. This assessment criterion is one of the main provisions that the ICRC has been advocating.

“An effective Arms Trade Treaty that protects civilians from the devastating consequences of inadequately regulated arms transfers remains as urgently needed as ever,” Mr Herby stressed. “Indeed, it remains a humanitarian imperative. The ICRC is committed to continuing to work with States, National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, as well as with the United Nations and other organizations, to ensure that a robust Arms Trade Treaty is adopted in the near future.”

As long as arms transfers remain insufficiently regulated, people will continue to suffer the consequences, which are incalculable. The ICRC calls on all States to implement, on a national and regional basis, the strict measures they were prepared to adopt in New York and to conclude negotiations on an Arms Trade Treaty as a matter of urgency.

The ICRC has been calling for strict controls on international arms transfers since 1999, following a study requested by States party to the 1949 Geneva Conventions. The study, which was based on the ICRC’s field experience, demonstrated that unregulated availability of weapons could exacerbate existing tensions, facilitate the indiscriminate use of weapons and increase civilian casualties. The absence of strict controls also makes it easier to commit violations of humanitarian law and threatens the provision of humanitarian assistance.

UN: Mali’s humanitarian crisis rapidly worsening, south neglected whilst world focus is on the north – Published 26 July 2012 1900 GMT/UTC

Copied from Alert Net to give this story a wider audience

Mali’s humanitarian crisis caused by hunger, displacement and violence, is rapidly worsening and the south, where needs are greatest, is being neglected as the world focuses on conflict in the north, a top U.N. official said.

(Photo: trust.org/alertnet)
A Malian family displaced by war gather at a makeshift camp in Sevare, about 600 kms (400 miles) northeast of the capital Bamako, July 11, 2012. REUTERS/Emmanuel Braun

Mali, which once enjoyed a reputation for being a stable nation in an often turbulent region, has been plagued by insecurity since a coup in March hastened a rebel advance across the north of the largely desert Sahel state.

A mix of local and foreign Islamists have outmanoeuvred separatist Tuareg rebels and now control the three northern regions, imposing strict Islamic law and stoking fears the zone has become a terrorist safe haven.

As a result of fighting, more than

420,000 people have been uprooted from their homes

within Mali or have fled to neighbouring countries such as Niger, Mauritania and Burkina Faso.

At the same time, Mali is suffering a food crisis that has swept across West Africa’s Sahel region putting 18 million lives at risk. In Mali alone,

4.6 million people face severe hunger and 175,000 children are at risk of severe acute malnutrition

according to the U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

“The humanitarian situation is deteriorating rapidly because of the inadequacy of the response. The situation in Mali is desperate, but not hopeless,” said John Ging, director of operations at the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), ending a three-day visit to the country.

He said a lack of funds was hampering a scale-up of relief operations.

Only 42 percent of the $214 million needed for the humanitarian response in Mali, has been received so far, with health, education, water and sanitation the most critically underfunded sectors, according to OCHA.

The U.N. refugee agency says in some camps, refugees are still coping with below “emergency standard” daily water supplies.

Ging said there was a misconception that, without a solution to the security and political crisis in the north of Mali, little could be done to scale up the humanitarian response.

“In fact, 80 percent of the country’s humanitarian needs are in the south where there is relative stability,” he said in a statement.

He also highlighted the humanitarian response under way in the north despite limited access due to the violence there.

“Remarkable work is being done by national and international NGOs in the north,” Ging said. “They have been creative in overcoming many obstacles to access the people in need, and their humanitarian interventions are stemming further mass displacement.”

Ging’s comments came a week after Washington called on Mali’s authorities to accept offers by African states to send a military force to stabilise Mali and help retake control of its north.

By Katie Nguyen – Alert Net

Would-be boat theives spark search in Falmouth area, waste resources

Falmouth Coastguard Rescue Team - "Semper Paratus"

21/07/12 @ 20:54 Falmouth team paged to search for a missing hire boat with 4 persons on board believed to be in the Falmouth area. CRT deployed a search team at Falmouth dinghy hard to search to Greenbank. While deploying info came in that the boat was in the Penryn area. Team proceeded along with Falmouth ILB and they located the boat behind Ocean BMW. It seems on this occasion that the boat had been deliberately not returned and dumped possibly for later collection. Fal CRT, Fal ILB and ALB and R193 also tasked to assist.


View original post

Tropical Storm VICENTE (FERDIE): Southern China particularly Guangxi Province should closely monitor the progress of this storm – Updated 24 July 2012 1440 GMT/UTC

VICENTE (FERDIE) rapidly dissipating over Guangxi Province in China…downgraded to a Tropical Storm.

(Image: wundergound.com)
Typhoon Vicente Tracking Map
(Click image for source)

(Image: usno.navy.mil/JTWC)
Multispectral Satellite Imagery
(Click image for source)

VICENTE will continue to enhance the Southwest Monsoon (aka. Habagat) across Northern and Central Luzon particularly the western sections. Breezy conditions & mostly cloudy conditions w/ occasional to sometimes continuous rains, thunderstorms & squalls will be expected along the abovementioned areas today.

Residents and visitors along Southern China particularly Guangxi Province should closely monitor the progress of Vicente (Ferdie).

Do not use this for life or death decision. This advisory is intended for additional information purposes only. Kindly refer to your country’s official weather agency for local warnings, advisories & bulletins.

维森特 (FERDIE) 迅速消退 … … 在中国广西省降至一个热带风暴。

维森特将继续加强西南季风 (aka。Habagat) 跨北部和中部的吕宋岛特别是西方的部分。习习的条件和偶尔有时连续暴雨、 雷暴和狂风骤雨条件将今天预期沿上述领域。
居民和游客沿南中国特别是广西省应密切监察维森特 (Ferdie) 的进展情况。
请不要使用此生或死的决定。这个咨询是额外的信息仅用于目的。请参阅本地警告、 通报、 公告贵国的官方天气机构。
24 July 2012 1512 GMT/UTC:
Weather Channel: Typhoon #Vicente rapidly developed before slamming into China.
天气频道: 台风维森特迅速发展砰进入中国之前。
Photos/recap: http://wxch.nl/PDTWIY
Weather Underground’s Dr. Masters says, “Category 4 #Typhoon #Vicente hits China”
天气地下博士硕士说,”类别 4 台风维森特打中国”
24 July 2012 1550 GMT/UTC: @JournoDannyAsia: HK Observatory has put a Strong Monsoon signal out
24 July 2012 1720 GMT/UTC:

T2K TrackMap (for Public): 5 PM PhT Tue Jul 24

External Links for TS VICENTE (FERDIE)
View NOAA-CIRA’s: Latest Full Wind Analysis
JTWC Latest Tracking Chart: wp0912.gif
Multi-Agency Forecast TrackMap: Near Real-Time
TSR Wind Probabilities: Current to 1 Day Ahead
JAXA TRMM Page: Latest Rainrate (in mm/hr)
NASA TRMM Page: Vicente’s Rainrate Archives (in mm/hr)
Zoomed Satellite Pic: NOAA’s Near Real-Time
Wunderground Animation: 6-12 hr. GIF Loop


NDRRMC Severe Weather Bulletins for Tropical Depression “FERDIE”

NDRRMC (SitRep 3): 13 incidents occurred due to TD #FERDIE; 2 dead, 6 missing http://fb.me/MnhdGT9a

Flooded roads in Metro Manila, traffic update & more from TV5 (Quezon City, Philippines)

China: 10 dead after record rain pounds Beijing, more rain to come

Awesome view of typhoon Vicente over Hong Kong (@Dom_Lau) http://pic.twitter.com/ZFavC8WM

Hong Kong ‘Storm of the decade’ – thenanfang.com

BE READY FOR BAD WEATHER and other emergencies – Advice and resources

(Image: usno.navy.mil/JTWC)
TC Warning Graphic
(Click image for source)

WTPN31 PGTW 240300
   240000Z --- NEAR 22.3N 112.2E
   REPEAT POSIT: 22.3N 112.2E
   12 HRS, VALID AT:
   241200Z --- 23.0N 109.6E
   24 HRS, VALID AT:
   250000Z --- 23.0N 107.3E
   36 HRS, VALID AT:
   251200Z --- 22.9N 105.1E
240300Z POSITION NEAR 22.5N 111.6E.
WTPN31 PGTW 240300
联合/MSGID 进行/GENADMIN 台风 WRNCEN 珍珠港喜 / /
琉璃/热带气旋最后警告 / /
1.台风 09W (维森特) 警告 NR 014
240000Z—近 22.3N 112.2E
过去的六个小时-12 KTS 300 度运动
位置精确到内 040 NM
最大持续的风速-100 KT、 阵风 125 KT
重复存款: 22.3N 112.2E
12 小时,在有效:
241200Z—23.0N 109.6E
最大持续的风速-060 KT、 阵风 075 KT
向量到 24 小时存款: 270 摄氏度 / 11 KTS
24 小时,在有效:
250000Z—23.0N 107.3E
最大持续的风速-035 KT、 阵风 045 KT
向量到 36 小时存款: 270 摄氏度 / 10 KTS
36 小时,在有效:
251200Z—22.9N 105.1E
最大持续的风速-020 KT、 阵风 030 KT
240300Z 位置附近 22.5N 111.6E。
台风 09W (维森特),位于约 110 香港西部 NM
香港,一直跟踪西西北地区在过去的六 12 海里/小时
小时。在大约 232000Z,作为登陆 TY 09W
自从杂乱无章的更多。模型是很好的协议中,TY 09W
中国和消失的 36 头在越南北部。这就是
此系统由联合台风 WRNCEN 珠江上最后警告

#NorthKorea #flooding from #Khanun leaves 88 dead, 134 injured – Published 28 July 2012 1743 GMT/UTC

(Image: wunderground.com)
TD 08W now TS Khanun
(Click image for source)

BE READY FOR BAD WEATHER and other emergencies – Advice and resources

Tropical Depression 08W is now Tropical Storm Khanun, continues to intensify while moving WNW across the NW Pacific Ocean.

Residents and visitors along Ryukyu & Okinawa Islands and Kyushu, Japan should closely monitor the progress of this storm.

Do not use this for life or death decision. This advisory is intended for additional information purposes only. Kindly refer to your country’s official weather agency for local warnings, advisories & bulletins.

TD 08W [Now Tropical Storm Khanun] – Update #002 thenhbushmantyphoon.blogspot.co.uk 2 July 2012

Tropical Depression 08W is now Tropical Storm Khanun (08W) – westernpacificweather.com

Update 28 July 2012:

North Korea flooding from Khanun leaves 88 dead, 134 injured

(Image: NOAA)
(Click image for source)

wtpn31 pgtw 160900
msgid/genadmin/joint typhoon wrncen Pearl Harbor hi//
subj/tropical cyclone warning//
1. Tropical depression 08w (eight) warning nr 004
   01 active tropical cyclone in northwestpac
   Max sustained winds based on one-minute average
   wind radii valid over open water only
   warning position:
   160600z --- near 24.2n 136.1e
     movement past six hours - 305 degrees at 16 kts
     position accurate to within 040 nm
     position based on center located by satellite
   present wind distribution:
   Max sustained winds - 030 kt, gusts 040 kt
   wind radii valid over open water only
   repeat posit: 24.2n 136.1e
   12 hrs, valid at:
   161800z --- 25.7n 132.9e
   Max sustained winds - 035 kt, gusts 045 kt
   wind radii valid over open water only
   vector to 24 hr posit: 310 deg/ 16 kts
   24 hrs, valid at:
   170600z --- 27.6n 130.1e
   Max sustained winds - 040 kt, gusts 050 kt
   wind radii valid over open water only
   radius of 034 kt winds - 060 nm northeast quadrant
                            055 nm southeast quadrant
                            055 nm southwest quadrant
                            060 nm northwest quadrant
   vector to 36 hr posit: 330 deg/ 17 kts
   36 hrs, valid at:
   171800z --- 30.4n 128.1e
   Max sustained winds - 040 kt, gusts 050 kt
   wind radii valid over open water only
   radius of 034 kt winds - 060 nm northeast quadrant
                            055 nm southeast quadrant
                            055 nm southwest quadrant
                            060 nm northwest quadrant
   vector to 48 hr posit: 350 deg/ 17 kts
   extended outlook:
   48 hrs, valid at:
   180600z --- 33.8n 127.3e
   Max sustained winds - 035 kt, gusts 045 kt
   wind radii valid over open water only
   vector to 72 hr posit: 010 deg/ 18 kts
   72 hrs, valid at:
   190600z --- 40.8n 128.9e
   Max sustained winds - 020 kt, gusts 030 kt
   wind radii valid over open water only
   dissipated as a significant tropical cyclone over land
160900z position near 24.6n 135.3e. Tropical depression 08w, located approximately 475 nm east- southeast of Kadena AB, Okinawa, has tracked northwestward at 16 knots over the past six hours. Maximum significant wave height at 160600z is 10 feet. Next warnings at 161500z, 162100z, 170300z and 170900z.// 

Red Cross: Syria is now in civil war, Humanitarian Law applies – Published 15 July 2012 1300 GMT/UTC

The International Committee of the Red Cross said on Sunday it now considers the conflict in Syria a civil war, meaning international humanitarian law applies throughout the country.

The Geneva-based group’s assessment is an important reference that helps parties in a conflict determine how much and what type of force they can or cannot use.

ICRC spokesman Hicham Hassan said Sunday that the humanitarian law now applies wherever hostilities are taking place in Syria, where fighting has spread beyond the hotspots of Idlib, Homs and Hama.

International humanitarian law grants parties to a conflict the right to use appropriate force to achieve their aims. But attacks on civilians and abuse or killing of detainees can constitute war crimes.

The declaration came as Syria denied U.N. claims that government forces used heavy weapons during a military operation that has brought widespread international condemnation against President Bashar Assad’s regime. – MSNBC

Basic rules of International Humanitarian Law

  1. Persons hors de combat (outside of combat) and those not taking part in hostilities shall be protected and treated humanely.
  2. It is forbidden to kill or injure an enemy who surrenders or who is hors de combat.
  3. The wounded and sick shall be cared for and protected by the party to the conflict which has them in its power. The emblem of the “Red Cross,” or of the “Red Crescent,” shall be required to be respected as the sign of protection.
  4. Captured combatants and civilians must be protected against acts of violence and reprisals. They shall have the right to correspond with their families and to receive relief.
  5. No one shall be subjected to torture, corporal punishment or cruel or degrading treatment.
  6. Parties to a conflict and members of their armed forces do not have an unlimited choice of methods and means of warfare.
  7. Parties to a conflict shall at all times distinguish between the civilian population and combatants. Attacks shall be directed solely against military objectives.

ICRC: What is international humanitarian law? PDF format (33kb)

Syria: ICRC urges full respect for international humanitarian law July 31, 2012

  • As the armed conflict in Syria escalates and takes a heavy toll on civilians, the ICRC is appealing to all parties to the conflict to fully respect the rules and principles of international humanitarian law, which is commonly known as the laws of war.


Geneva Conventions

Hague Conventions

Dramatic rescue: 25 crew abandon container ship after explosion and fire mid Atlantic – Updated 15 July 2012 1040 GMT/UTC

Crew on board a container vessel were forced to abandon their ship after an explosion and subsequent fire in a cargo hold mid Atlantic.

(Image: odin.tc)
MSC Flaminia last known position at 13.07.2012 17:48 was in 47 52N 30 44W. Vessel was en route from Charleston US East Coast to Antwerpen Belgium, ETA July 17
(Click image for source)

Crew on board a container vessel were forced to abandon their ship after an explosion and subsequent fire in a cargo hold mid Atlantic.

At 10:07 yesterday (Saturday), Falmouth Coastguard received the relayed mayday broadcast from the German registered MSC Flaminia reporting that the crew on board had abandoned the vessel.

Falmouth Coastguard broadcast an alert to all vessels in the area and the nearest vessel which could provide assistance was the oil tanker DS Crown which immediately changed course to intercept the MSC Flaminia.

Six other merchant vessels also proceeded to the location to help with the search and rescue operation but were more than six hours from the location.

Rescue helicopters do not have the endurance required to attend an incident of this nature because the vessel is approximately 1,000 miles from land mid way between the UK and Canada.

DS Crown arrived on scene to confirm that the MSC Flaminia was still burning and recovered 24 people from a lifeboat and a liferaft.

Four crew had suffered injuries. The injured crew have been transferred to the vessel MSC Stella which will take them to the Azores.

One crew member is missing.

The MSC Flaminia is a large container vessel of 75,590 gross tonnage and had 25 people on board.

Crew of the MSC Flaminia include German, Polish and Filipino nationals.

Weather conditions on scene were winds force 3-4 with a one metre swell. – MCA

Update 15 July 2012 1139BST:

One man dies and three injured in Atlantic ship fire

Falmouth coastguards are co-ordinating the rescue of a crew from a German container ship after an explosion in one of its holds in the North Atlantic.

One man died from burns and three were injured as members of the crew tried to tackle the fire on Saturday.

Three people from the vessel were taken to the Azores for treatment and the remaining crew will be brought to Falmouth on a ship in the area. – BBC News

Japan: 22 killed, 240,000 evacuated in ongoing Kyushu storms – Published 14 July 2012 1752 GMT/UTC

“Some 240,000 people from about 85,000 households in Kyushu were told to evacuate as storms that have already killed 22 people continued to dump more rain on the region Saturday, local authorities said.

The orders were issued in four of Kyushu’s seven prefectures — Fukuoka, Saga, Kumamoto and Oita. The police, meanwhile, have launched searches for seven missing people in Oita and Kumamoto.

In Fukuoka Prefecture alone, around 190,000 people from 65,000 households were ordered to evacuate, including from the cities of Yanagawa and Miyama. At one point, all residents in Yanagawa were instructed to evacuate, although the order was later lifted in some areas.

In the city of Yame, three people were hit by landslides early Saturday. Two were rescued but an 83-year-old woman was missing, police said.

“I’ve been living here for 60 years, but I’ve never experienced this before,” Yame resident Tsuneo Otsu, 63, said as he tried to push muddy water out of his house.

In Hita, Oita Prefecture, Gov. Katsusada Hirose requested help from the Ground Self-Defense Force as police attempted to verify a report that a vehicle had been swept away.

Meanwhile, the Yamakunigawa River in the city of Nakatsu and the Kagetsugawa River in Hita both overran their banks.

The Meteorological Agency issued warnings for landslides and flooding rivers, saying the heavy downpours could hit parts of northern Kyushu as well.

According to radar data, the town of Soeda in Fukuoka Prefecture was inundated by 90 mm of rain in just an hour through around 5:30 a.m., while Hita received 85 mm of precipitation between roughly 6:15 and 7:15 a.m.

Yame, Ukiha and Chikugo in Fukuoka Prefecture all set new local records with hourly precipitation of 110 mm that ended at about 6:30 a.m.

In Aso, Kumamoto Prefecture, more than 730 mm of rain has fallen since Wednesday, surpassing the city’s average of 570 mm for July.

In the three days through 11:20 a.m. Saturday, cumulative rainfall totaled some 780 mm in Aso, 650 mm in Yame and 600 mm in Hita, with as much as 150 mm more forecast to fall in a 24-hour period ending noon Sunday.

A powerful seasonal rain front hovering over wide areas of Japan is also causing sporadic torrential rain in eastern and central regions.” – japantimes.co.jp

“The Japan Meteorological Agency warned of more landslides and floods on the main southern island of Kyushu as rainfall of up to 11 centimetres per hour was recorded early on Saturday.

The agency warned that rainfall of up to 80 millimetres per hour could hit parts of northern Kyushu later in the day.

Evacuation orders had been issued to about 240,000 people in the north of Kyushu where more rivers burst their banks, public broadcaster NHK and Jiji Press news agency reported, compiling figures from various authorities.” – Al Jazeera


福岡、佐賀、熊本、大分 – 注文は九州7県の4人に発行された。警察は、一方、大分と熊本の7行方不明者の検索を開始した。


八女市で、三人は、早期土曜日土砂崩れに襲われた。 2つは救助されましたが、83歳の女性が行方不明になったと、警察は言いました。

彼は家から濁った水を押し出すしようとした “私は60年間ここに住んでていましたが、私は前にこれを経験したことがありません、”八女市居住恒夫大津、63、と述べた。








日本の広い領域にわたってホバリング強力な梅雨前線はまた、東部および中部地域で散発的な豪雨を引き起こしている ” – 。japantimes.co.jp



Australia: Young surfer, 24, bitten in half by great white shark – Published 14 July 2012 1640 GMT/UTC

A 24-year-old surfer was killed today after a violent encounter with a great white shark of the coast of Australia. Witnesses detailed the gruesome scene, saying that ”half a torso” was all that remained of the victim. – inquisitr.com

(Photo: inquisitr.com)
(Click image for source)

Police have revealed the victim is a 24-year-old Perth man but have not yet released his name.

He is the fifth person to die from a shark attack in Western Australia since September last year.

Water Police and the Department of Fisheries are now searching for the man’s body.

The attack happened about 4 km south of Wedge Island about 9am.

Tony Cappelluti from the Fisheries Department said the victim was with a friend when attacked by what was believed to be a great white shark.

“The two people were in the water surfing or waiting for a wave when the victim was attacked by a shark,” he said.

It is believed that the two men were about 40 or 50 metres off the beach at the time of attack.

Mr Cappelluti said two other surfers, one on a jet ski and the other being towed came over to help when they saw a commotion in the water.

He said the man’s friend and the others surfers were not in a position to help and went back to shore and contacted the police.

“No body has been recovered but from eyewitness accounts we presume he has been killed.”

A man who said he had been the person on the jet ski nearby told ABC that he tried to retrieve the man who had been attacked from the water.

“I was towing my mate on the back of the jet ski and in front of us I just saw a guy get attacked by a shark and I just took mymate straight to the shore and went straight out and there was just blood everywhere and a massive, massive white shark circling the body,” he said.

“I reached to grab the body and the shark came at me on the jet ski and tried to knock me off and I did another loop and when I came to get back to the body the shark took it.”

Mr Cappelluti said the attack had taken place near a very remote section of the beach and he was not sure if anyone was on the beach at the time.

He said the victim’s friend was believed to be “very distressed.”

Shire of Dandaragan president Shane Love said the thoughts of the community were with the victim’s family and friends.

“I think anytime this sort of thing happens it’s a shock t coastal communities who love to go in the water and enjoy it, it’s very sad,” he said.

Mr Love said while there were not many people who lived in the shacks at Wedge Island, which is about 160km north of Perth, the wider community of people who visited regularly was much larger.

Police from Jurien Bay are attending the incident and the beach where the incident took place is currently closed.

Lancelin local, Michael Balcombe who has been fishing in the area for about 45 years said he often saw big sharks in thearea including tiger sharks and bronze whalers.

“You always see sharks if you’re fishing around here,” he said.

Mr Balcombe said considering the attack took place 4 km south of Wedge Island, it may have been at a popular surfing area called Didi Bay.

Today’s attack is the second fatal shark attack in Western Australia this year.

Saturday, 14 July, 2012 at 13:50 (01:50 PM) UTC RSOE

The Australian reports that officials are now hunting for the shark.

Shark Response Unit spokesman Tony Cappelluti said:

“When last seen the shark was heading offshore, but we have placed baited lines in the water near the attack site, in anattempt to catch the shark should it return to the location or pose a threat in the area.”

Video: The hunt is on for WA killer shark – The Australian

Indian Ocean: At least 7 (inc 4 children) killed, 6 missing, 11 rescued after boat capsizes off Mayotte – Published 14 July 2012 1522 GMT/UTC

At least seven people died and six people were missing after a ship carrying illegal immigrants capsized off the Indian Ocean French overseas territory of Mayotte, officials said yesterday (Friday).

(Image: wikipedia.org)
Mayotte (French)
(Click image for source)

The boat was travelling from Anjouan in the Comoros with 24 people on board when it capsized during the night.

Those who died were four children and three women.

Another 11 people have been rescued, authorities said.

The accident is the second in the area in less than two months, after another boat flipped over on reefs around Mayotte in May, leaving five people dead, 15 missing and 19 survivors.

Mayotte is part of the Indian Ocean archipelago of the Comoros. While the three other islands chose independence from France in 1975, it opted to remain under French rule.

Many Comorans hoping to find work or medical care board rickety fishing boats to attempt the risky voyage, often foundering on coral reefs.

Most of them try to travel over from the poorest Comoran island, Anjouan, some 100 kilometres (60 miles) from Mayotte. Some two-fifths of Mayotte’s 200,000 inhabitants are thought to be illegal immigrants.

Friday, 13 July, 2012 at 16:49 (04:49 PM) UTC RSOE

Da Vinci Code protest nun wants illuminated cross – Published 13 July 2012 2330 GMT/UTC

A woman who protested against the Da Vinci Code wants to put a 7m (24ft) -high illuminated cross in her back garden.

(Photo: BBC News)
Sister Mary Michael wants people to pray in her garden when the cross is erected
(Click photo for source)

Sister Mary Michael said God wants her to have the “Cross of Love” at her home in North Hykeham, Lincolnshire.

Some neighbours have objected to a planning application for the cross, saying it will be an eyesore and add to light pollution.

Sister Mary attracted wide attention when she held a prayer vigil at the Da Vinci Code premiere in Cannes.

She also protested at Lincoln Cathedral when the Da Vinci Code was being filmed there.

The 68-year-old now wants people to come to her garden to pray.

“I believe in the power of prayer,” she said.

“These crosses are built so that people are to come to them and you don’t have to advertise it really.
Sister Mary Michael’s bungalow The cross would be higher than Sister Mary’s bungalow

“So basically they are really to bring people back to loving God and loving their neighbour.”

“….Sister Mary’s planning application, number 666, has received objection and support.” – BBC News

Full story from BBC News


Well done, Autumn!

The Daily Golden

Autumn, an 8 year old Golden Retriever with no search and rescue experience, was among several volunteers who turned up “in the hundreds” in Prescott Wisconsin after 5 year old Scott Meyer had wandered away from his yard about 20 hours earlier.

Scott is a 5 year old autistic boy who does not communicate with words.  Not only was the extreme heat a factor in the urgency of finding Scott, but there is a river and train tracks in the area as well.

Jason Moser, and his wife Melissa, who have two children of their own, almost didn’t bring Autumn on the search due to the extreme heat, but because she loves children and looked ready to go, they decided to bring her along on the 20 minute drive from Ellsworth to help with the search.

At about 8 am on Wed July 4rth, Autumn led Jason to an area…

View original post 95 more words

Mental Health & Debt Advice – Published 13 July 2012 1622 GMT/UTC

Copied from the respected advice site moneysavingexpert.com

Free Mental Health & Debt 2012 booklet – you’re not alone
Mental health and debt are a marriage made in hell | Info & tips to help you and your family

Mental health issues can cause severe debt, and severe debt’s a catalyst for mental health problems. When we first launched our booklet, many told us of their relief realising they weren’t alone. Annually, one in four have mental health issues and Mind reports 75% say it makes their debt worse. So we believe it needs treating as a mainstream money issue.

  • mental healthNew free Mental Health & Debt booklet – updated for 2012. Download the 44-page
    Mental Health & Debt Help 2012 PDF booklet (thanks to charities Mind, Rethink, CAPUK & others for help). It’s crammed with info on handling debts when unwell, working with banks, where to get help, whether to declare a condition to your bank & more.
  • Who’s it for? Individuals, families, carers, caseworkers of those with anxiety, depression, bipolar and more.
  • Struggling with debts but not mental health? Then you’ll find lots of useful info and free non-profit help in the Debt Problems Help Guide.

India: Hope runs out for Meghalaya’s trapped coal miners – Published 13 July 2012 1003 GMT/UIC

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team on Friday called off the operation to rescue 15 miners trapped in a flooded coal pit in Meghalaya since July 6, an official said.

The miners got trapped in a mine in South Garo Hills district last week on Thursday after they accidentally punctured the wall of an abandoned mine, filling their mine with gallons of water.

“The NDRF has called off their operation expressing their inability to rescue the miners as the team members could endanger themselves inside the flooded mine, which is on the verge of collapse,” Davies R. Marak, the district police chief of South Garo Hills, said.

(Photo: zoclips.blogspot.co.uk)
Meghalaya Coal Mine
(Click photo for source)

The special team, which began its rescue operation on Thursday morning, had brought all necessary equipment to pull out the men from what are called “rat-hole” mines, but to no avail.

“Scuba divers did make their attempt to enter inside the coal pit but the formation of toxic gas in the pit has forced them to come out,” Marak said.

However, district authorities would continue to pump out the water and make all efforts to rescue the trapped miners, Marak said. “I don’t think there will be any survivor and if anyone of them comes alive from the pit it will be only a miracle.”

The NDRF is a unit created by the government for specialised response to natural and manmade disasters.

Ten water pumps have been deployed to pump out the water from the mine.

Three people have been arrested by Meghalaya Police on charges of negligence – mine owner Kudon A. Sangma, Punjab-based mine operator Gurdeep Singh and the head of the labourers identified as “captain”.

Meghalaya has a total coal reserve of 640 million tonnes. The coal is high in sulphur content and is mostly of sub-bituminous type.

Most of this coal reserve is mined unscientifically by individuals and local communities. Due to unscientific coal mining, the water sources of many rivers, especially in Jaintia Hills district, have turned acidic.

Mining activities in Meghalaya are controlled by the indigenous people of the state who own the land.

The coal is extracted by primitive surface mining method called “rat-hole” mining that entails clearing ground vegetation and digging pits ranging from five to 100 sq.m. to reach the coal seams.

Workers and children go deep into these holes and extract the coal using traditional tools. Makeshift bamboo ladders take miners down into the pits to chip away through two-feet-high tunnels.

Once the coal has been extracted these mines are abandoned and left exposed in several instances in the state. In Cherrapunjee, once famous for its heaviest rainfall, environmental abuse has almost reduced the region to a barren landscape.

The region is now pockmarked by abandoned “rat hole” coal mines and barren hills. Similar is the case in other districts of Meghalaya.

The high-sulphur, sub-bituminous coal is used primarily for power generation and as a source fuel in cement plants in India and Bangladesh – The Times of India

A recent study reveals that coal mines in Jaintia Hills of Meghalaya employed 70,000 child miners who were abducted from Nepal and Bangladesh and sold to Meghalaya’s mining mafia. These children are forced to work into deep pits exposing them to fatal health hazards.

(Photo: southasia.oneworld.net)
CHILD Worker at Meghalaya
(Click photo for source)


Children brought from Nepal and Bangladesh form part of the workforce in unscientific, ecology-threatening coal mines of Meghalaya, a study by a Shillong-based NGO revealed on Thursday.

The study was conducted across 10 coal mines of Jaintia Hills district in August last year. Impulse, the NGO, had collaborated with the global Aide et Action in interviewing 200 labourers aged below 18 years and documenting their experience. – southasia.oneworld.net

It’s not known how many of the fifteen trapped miners are minors…..

India: School Bus Plunges 60ft Into Gorge, 3 killed, 44 injured – Published 12 July 2012 1305 GMT/UTC

(Photo: EPA, vosizneias.com)
People watch the mangled school bus at Nambal Nard-Tangmarg in Baramulla district, around 50 Kilometers northwest of capital of Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir, 11, July, 2012. At least three people were killed and 33 others mostly students were injured after a school bus carrying them to a picnic spot skidded of the road and fell into a 55 feet deep gorge, police said.
(Click photo for source)

A 14 year old student, a teacher and a driver were killed, while 44 others injured after a bus carrying students on excursion met with and accident at Nambal Nard on Baramulla-Baba Reshi road in district Baramulla of north Kashmir Wednesday.

(Photo: greaterkashmir.com)
3 killed,44 injured as bus rolls into gorge
(Click photo for source)

While the pall of gloom descended on Kalaroos and its adjoining villages, the news of accident created panic in most parts north Kashmir as scores of schools were on excursion from the area.

The Education Department has cancelled the registration of the school and withdrew its affiliation.

Police said the bus bearing registration number JK14-6144 was carrying 69 students of Iqra Educational Institute (Middle School) Kalaroos in Kupwara district.

The bus police said was on way to Baba Reshi shrine and while crossing a curve at Nambal Nard near Tangmarg, the driver lost control over the vehicle and it fell into a 60 feet deep gorge.

“The accident took place at 11.43 am. So far three persons are dead and 44 injured,” Station House Officer Tangmarg Zahoor Ahmad told Greater Kashmir over telephone.

“We have registered a case vide FIR number 84 under section 279 and 304 in Police Station Tangmarg and have started investigations.”

Police identified the deceased as 14 year old Owais Manzoor Wani, Jehangir Ahmad Dar (25) teacher and bus driver Akhter Hussain Ganie (32).

The body of the driver was trapped under the wreckage of the bus, and was retrieved after 3 hours of rescue operation carried jointly by local residents, police and the Army.

Soon after the news of mishap spread, the locals in hundreds from Nambal Nard and its adjoining villages rushed to the spot to rescue the victims. They were later joined by police and the Army contingents in rescue operation.

Soon after the news about the accident spread in the area, sources said people made announcements on loudspeakers of the mosques, appealing the people to come out and join the rescue operations.

The women were seen carrying potable water and offering it to the injured. The students, sources added were crying for help. “The scene at accident site was frustrating. But we kept our nerves and managed to get the injured out of the bus,” Abdul Rashid of Nambal Nard told Greater Kashmir.

The students, who were being rescued, were shifted to different hospitals of Srinagar. Around 24 were admitted in SMHS, 9 in SKIMS and 11 in JVC.

The injured were ferried in ambulances, police and Army vehicles first to Primary Health Center (PHC) Tangmarg and later to hospitals in Srinagar.

In SMHS hospital, the spleen of class 4th student was removed. “We got 24 injured children, spleen of one student was removed and four were shifted to SKIMS,” Medical Superintendent SMHS hospital Dr Nazir Ahmad Chowdhary told Greater Kashmir adding nobody died in his hospital. “Every student is monitored by teams of doctors and hopeful they will recover.”

The officials at SKIMS told Greater Kashmir that nine injured students were brought to institute. “One among them is in Intensive Care Unit,” they said adding that condition of injured is being monitored closely.

Thursday, 12 July, 2012 at 03:16 (03:16 AM) UTC RSOE

greaterkashmir.com has more details

JK CM,Ministers,Others shocked over school excursion bus accident

Avalanche kills 9, injures 12 mountain climbers in the French Alps – Updated 15 July 2012 1203 GMT/UTC

The massive slide of snow happened around 5am this morning as early morning climbers made their way up Mount Maudit, which translates as “cursed peak”, in the Mont Blanc range.

(Photo: wikipedia.org)
Mont Maudit seen from the north
(Click photo for source)

Most of them were roped together on what is considered to be one of the most dangerous ascents in Europe.

Rescuers from the Alpine PGHM (high mountain gendarme platoon) said the initial estimated death toll was “at least six”.

“There are around eight others injured and at least two people missing,” added a spokesman, who said that the avalanche had been caused by snow collapsing in July heat. “We were initially alerted just after dawn by one of the survivors who called us on a mobile phone.”

Thursday, 12 July, 2012 at 09:11 (09:11 AM) UTC RSOE

“There are reportedly people missing,” police said, adding that the avalanche had hit two roped groups

of climbers. – AFP

Mont Maudit (4,465 m) is a mountain in the Mont Blanc massif in France and Italy.

More from France24

Telegraph: Mont Blanc avalanche kills at least six in France

Update 13 July 2012:

Nine climbers have been killed in an avalanche near the French Alpine ski resort of Chamonix.

Three of those killed were from the UK, three from Germany, two from Spain and one from Switzerland. Twelve other climbers were reported injured. – BBC News (Click for more)

Tributes have been paid to three Britons, including one of the UK’s most respected climbers, who were killed in an avalanche near a French ski resort.

The British Mountaineering Council said climbers were “shocked and saddened” to hear that its former general secretary, Roger Payne, was among those who died near the Alpine resort of Chamonix.

Foreign Secretary William Hague called their deaths a “terrible tragedy”.

Nine died, with the others reported to be from Spain, Germany and Switzerland.

The three Britons’ next of kin have been informed.

They were part of a 28-person group attempting to reach the summit of Mont Blanc by traversing the slopes of Mont Maudit, where the avalanche struck. –  BBC News (Click for more)

Mont Blanc avalanche victims identified – Washington Post

15 July 2012: Rescue crews in Italy and France say two more climbers have died on Mont Blanc in the Alps following the deaths of nine people last week in a massive avalanche – AP

RAF Typhoons move to Northolt for Olympics

Wales Air Forum

Royal Air Force Typhoon aircraft have arrived at RAF Northolt ahead of their role providing air security throughout the Olympic Games.

RAF Typhoon aircraft landing at RAF NortholtAn RAF Typhoon aircraft landing at RAF Northolt in West London
[Picture: Senior Aircraftman Gareth Little, Crown Copyright/MOD 2012]

The advanced multi-role fighter jets, which saw active service over Libya, are part of a multi-layered air security plan to protect the London Games, and arrived at RAF Northolt yesterday, Monday 9 July 2012.

The additional security measures build on the RAF’s existing air security arrangements, with RAF Typhoon fighter jets available 24/7 to be scrambled from their bases in Lincolnshire and Scotland to intercept unidentified aircraft.

Personnel and aircrew from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire and RAF Leuchars in Scotland have been preparing for their Olympics role for many months, and have already taken part in a series of demanding training missions; working alongside RAF helicopters, ground-based radar controllers and…

View original post 305 more words

Hitler’s vintage Mercedes car discovered – Published 10 July 2012 1205 GMT/UTC

(Photo: wikipedia.org)
Hitler in 1937
(Click photo for source)

A New Jersey auto dealer was shocked to find that the vintage car he bought while searching on an on-line shopping store was built for the Hitler camp in 1942.

Zenop Tuncer, an auto dealer called up Mercedes to order parts for a vintage car he was repairing, and when he revealed the vehicle’s serial number to the company, the reply was: “That’s Hitler’s car.”

Mercedes confirmed that the car was genuine, and was one of just eight specially made cars for Nazi officials.

The 1942 Mercedes 320 Cabriolet D was part of a fleet built for senior officers of the Third Reich during the World War II. – IBN

More from IBN here

(Photo from benzinsider.com)
1942 Mercedes 320 Cabriolet D
(Click photo for source)

Pakistan: Two Buses Crash, 5 killed and 80 injured – Some Victims Named – Published 9 July 2012 2135 GMT/UTC

Six people were killed and more than 80 suffered injuries in a collision between two buses on Bhakkar-Jhang Road on Saturday night.

Four people, including a conductor and a security guard, died on the spot and two later passed away at a hospital.

Three of the deceased were identified as Muhammad Ejaz, Abdul Hameed and Ali Hasnain.

Of the injured, 59 were taken to Jhang district headquarters (DHQ) hospital where they were given first aid.

The rest with serious injuries were referred to the Allied Hospital in Faisalabad.

The injured included Muhammad Arif, Usama Ahmed, Muhammad Mukhtar, Farzana Bibi, Uzma Bibi, Abdul Ghafoor, Saima, Shahid, Ejaz, Abdur Rehman, Gul Khan, Ahmad Sher, Saeed Akhtar, Irfan Ali, Muhammad Aslam, Ali Ameen, Iftikhar and Saqib.

Muhammad Aslam, a witness who participated in the rescue operation, said the bodies were taken out by Rescue 1122 officials and passersby by cutting the body of the two buses.

One of the buses was headed towards Dera Ismael Khan. It collided with another bus taking a turn on the Jhang-Bhakkar Road. The accident took place near Jhang bypass.

Monday, 09 July, 2012 at 03:19 (03:19 AM) UTC RSOE

Russia: Putin orders probe into flash floods that killed at least 171 – Россия: Путин заказов расследование наводнения, что погибли по меньшей мере 171 – 9 July 2012 2050 GMT/UTC

Investigators have launched a probe into possible negligence after devastating flash floods in southern Russia killed at least 171 people and President Vladimir Putin demanded officials explain the disaster.

As emergency workers pulled more bodies from the flood waters around Krymsk, the worst-hit district in the southern Krasnodar region, angry survivors insisted they had not received any warning from the authorities.

Putin demanded that officials explain the massive death toll and personally inspected the worst-hit areas on Saturday evening.

The Russian strongman compared the force of the water – which trapped people in their homes at night, ripped up pavements and traffic lights and flooded rail tracks – to a ‘tsunami’ and said the top investigator would probe ‘who acted how’.

He also quickly moved to address concerns that the deluge might have been caused by an emergency opening of sluice gates at a local reservoir, with the Kremlin issuing a statement that Putin had been told it was not the cause of the flooding.

Flash floods frequently batter towns along the picturesque Black Sea coast during seasonal rains in the Caucasus mountains, but authorities say the current disaster is unprecedented.

Officials have been unable to explain the massive death toll, saying only the floods were caused by torrential rains over the past few days.

The force of the water was so ferocious that many residents said they suspected the floods were caused by a release of water at a local reservoir on the Neberdzhai River.

Investigators have acknowledged that repeated releases of water did happen but it remained unclear whether it might have contributed to the disaster.

‘Over the course of 13 hours portioned releases of water were repeatedly conducted in an automated mode,’ spokesman for regional investigators Sengerov said in televised remarks.

‘But there were not some large-scale water releases. We have yet to establish how much they could have affected the development of events.’

Investigators also opened a criminal investigation into possible negligence but did not provide further details.

Some residents bluntly accused authorities of a cover-up. ‘It always rains here but we’ve never had this before. A seven-metre tall wave crushed everything,’

Irina Morgunova told AFP in Krymsk. ‘That is not rain. But no one will ever say it out loud.’

Monday, 09 July, 2012 at 10:14 UTC RSOE

Следователи начали расследование возможной халатности после разрушительного наводнения на юге России погибли по меньшей мере 171 человек и президент России Владимир Путин потребовал чиновники объясняют катастрофу.

Как спасатели вытащили тела из более паводковых вод вокруг Крымск, наиболее пострадавших район в южной части Краснодарского края, гнев выживших настаивали, что они не получили никакого предупреждения со стороны властей.

Путин потребовал, чтобы чиновники объясняют массовый погибших и лично осмотрел наиболее пострадавших областей в субботу вечером.

Русская сильной по сравнению сила воды – что захваченных людей в свои дома в ночное время, разорвал тротуары и светофоры и затопили железнодорожные пути – к “цунами” и заявил, что топ следователь будет исследовать “, которые действовали как”.

Кроме того, он быстро перешел к решению проблем, что потоп мог быть вызван чрезвычайный открытие шлюзов в местном водохранилище, с Кремлем, опубликовав заявление, что Путин был сказали, что это не является причиной наводнения.

Внезапные наводнения часто бить городах, расположенных вдоль живописного побережья Черного моря во время сезонных дождей в горах Кавказа, но власти говорят, что нынешний катастрофа является беспрецедентной.

Чиновники не смогли объяснить массовый погибших, отметив лишь, наводнения были вызваны проливными дождями на протяжении последних нескольких дней.

Сила воды была настолько свирепой, что многие жители сказали, что они подозреваются наводнения были вызваны сброса воды на местном водохранилище на реке Neberdzhai.

Исследователи признают, что повторяющиеся выбросы из воды произошло, но остается неясным, может ли оно способствовало катастрофе.

“В течение 13 часов распределены попусков воды неоднократно проводились в автоматическом режиме”, пресс-секретарь регионального следователи Sengerov заявил в телевизионном выступлении.

Но не было несколько крупных релизов воды. Нам еще предстоит установить, сколько они могли бы повлиять на развитие событий.

Следователи также возбудила уголовное дело в возможной небрежности, но не предоставил подробностей.

Некоторые жители прямо обвинил власти в сокрытии. “Это всегда дожди здесь, но мы никогда не было этого раньше. Семи метровая волна измельченных все ”

Ирина Моргунова сообщил AFP в Крымск. “Это не дождь. Но никто не скажет этого вслух.

Понедельника, 9 июля 2012 в 10:14 UTC RSOE

India: 116+ humans killed, 538+ animals in devastating Assam floods/landslip so far – Published 8 July 2012 1050 GMT/UTC

Altogether 538 animals, including 13 rhinos, of the Kaziranga National Park have been killed in the devastating Assam floods and the death toll is mounting with the KNP authorities of this World Heritage Site recovering more floating carcasses everyday.

(Image: wikipedia.org)
Kaziranga National Park 26°40′00″N 93°21′00″E
(Click image for source)

The floods have also damaged roads and other infrastructure in the park, which is famous for the one-horned rhino. Even amidst the floods, two rhinos were killed by poachers.

The floods have claimed 100 human lives, while 16 others died due to landslip in the State. Of these, 56 are children. Of the 31 lives lost in Barpeta district, 21 were children.

KNP Director Sanjib Kumar Bora told The Hindu that till Thursday afternoon carcasses of 463 hog deer, 13 rhinos, 16 Sambar, 10 swamp deer, 28 wild boars, 5 porcupines, one wild buffalo and two hog badgers had been recovered.

He said the death toll was likely to increase as more carcasses were recovered with the water level receding. About 20 of these hog deer were fatally hit by vehicles as the animals crossed National Highway 37, which passes through the park, to reach higher ground on the southern part.

So far, 126 hog deer have been rescued and 94 of these released in the wild after treatment at the Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation (CWRC), located in the park.

Two rhino calves and two elephant caves rescued from floodwaters are being treated at the centre.

(Photo: wikipedia.org)
Great Indian One-Horned Rhinoceros
(Click photo for source)

CWRC volunteers rescued four barking deer, three of which have been released in the wild after treatment.

The park director said locals and NGOs also helped in the rescuing the marooned animals and taking them to the CWRC. Mr. Bora said floodwaters disrupted motorable communication, what with damage to roads, bridges and approaches to bridges.

“The tourism season this time might be delayed as huge funds and time would be required to reconstruct and repair the infrastructure.”

Frontline staff manning 16 of the total 152 anti-poaching camps had to be shifted due to flooding, while four old camps had been fully damaged.

“The actual damage is still being assessed,” he said.

The flood waters entered the park area on June 26 and by midnight on June 28, the flow peaked submerging 80 per cent of its area, and only the natural and artificial highlands inside were spared.

The migration of herds of hog deer and elephants and some rhinos had been noticed by the park authorities since June 22.


Consequently, prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Cr.PC were promulgated along NH 37 and time cards introduced restricting speed limit to 40 km/hour to protect the migrating animals. Now “the water level has receded in most parts but some areas are still submerged,” said Mr. Bora.

Friday, 06 July, 2012 at 02:45 UTC RSOE

Taiwan: Tour bus overturns killing driver and injuring 39 others – Published 8 July 2012 1010 GMT/UTC

A tour bus carrying 38 mainlanders, a Taiwan guide and a local driver overturned at noon on Saturday in northern Taiwan’s Hsinchu city, killing the driver and injuring 39 others, four of them seriously.

(Image: wikipedia.org)
Hsinchu City · 新竹市
(Click image for source)

All the injured were sent to hospitals in Hsinchu and adjacent Miaoli county for treatment.

Among the four severely injured, all women, one lost four fingers from her right hand, one injured her cervical vertebra, one fractured a bone in her hand, and another got face lacerations.

They are being treated and their wounds are not life threatening, according to rescuers and doctors. Most of the injured sustained only slight injuries, mainly abrasions.

“The bus swung to the left, and then the right, and again, then overturned,” an injured mainlander surnamed Tang said, lying on a hospital bed. He and his girlfriend both suffered minor abrasions on their foreheads, but he said the wound was not a big problem. He added that the tour group members were from Harbin of Heilongjiang province in the mainland’s northeast.

The tour bus was on its way from Taipei to Taichung where sightseeing at scenic spots including the Sun and Moon Lake was scheduled, when it overturned, the result — it is thought — of a burst rear-left tire.

The driver was crushed to death under the bus. Local police said the cause of the crash is still being investigated. The bus was bought within the last three years and had recently passed a vehicle inspection.

According to Taiwan’s tourism department, the bus was carrying 37 tourists and one tour guide from the mainland, plus the driver and another tour guide from Taiwan. The tourist group was received by a local tourist company and was scheduled to stay in Taiwan from July 6 to July 13

Saturday, 07 July, 2012 at 18:55 (06:55 PM) UTC RSOE

Flash flooding in Derbyshire – Published 6 July 2012 1515 GMT/UTC

Parts of Derbyshire have been hit by flash flooding after heavy rainfall overnight. Breadsall, Beeley and Glutton Bridge are all affected as well as Ockbrook where a primary school was evacuated.

(Photo: BBC News)
Breadsall is one of several villages affected by flooding
(Click photo for source)

The Environment Agency has issued a warning for people to be prepared as more heavy rainfall is expected over the next 24 hours. Markeaton Lane in Derby is blocked after being flooded and there are problems on the A38 near Little Eaton.

Jackie Evans, chair of Beeley Parish Council, said: “I’ve never seen the speed of it – that was the frightening thing. “The road was just a complete river. “The house opposite has some pots in front and they were just floating down the drive.”

Markeaton Lane in Derby is blocked in both directions between the Kedleston Road junction and the A52 Ashbourne Road junction. Moor Lane in Breadsall is also flooded near its junction with Church Lane and there are reports of considerable surface water at the A515 near Sudbury and the A52 near Brailsford.

Derby’s Gay Pride event, planned for Saturday, and a T20 cricket match between Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, due to take place later, have been postponed.

The average monthly rainfall for the Midlands in July is about 60mm and between 20 and 60mm is predicted to fall within a few hours.

Friday, 06 July, 2012 at 12:28 (12:28 PM) UTC RSOE


UK Severe Weather Warnings 6 July 2012 – Goaty’s News

UK weather: flood warnings as torrential rain hits – The Guadian live blog

Cern scientists discover a subatomic particle that could be the ‘Higgs boson’ – Published 5 July 2012 0333 GMT/UTC

Scientists at the CERN research centre near Geneva, Switzerland, on Wednesday unveiled their latest findings in their search for the Higgs boson, a subatomic particle key to the formation of stars, planets and eventually life after the Big Bang 13.7 billion years ago.

What is the Higgs boson?

(Image: BBC News)
The Higgs boson

The Higgs is the last missing piece of the Standard Model, the theory that describes the basic building blocks of the universe. The other 11 particles predicted by the model have been found and finding the Higgs would validate the model. Ruling it out or finding something more exotic would force a rethink on how the universe is put together.

Scientists believe that in the first billionth of a second after the Big Bang, the universe was a gigantic soup of particles racing around at the speed of light without any mass to speak of. It was through their interaction with the Higgs field that they gained mass and eventually formed the universe.

The Higgs field is a theoretical and invisible energy field that pervades the whole cosmos. Some particles, like the photons that make up light, are not affected by it and therefore have no mass. Others find it drags on them as porridge drags on a spoon. – interaksyon.com

Scientists at Cern (European Organization for Nuclear Research) are confident that they have discovered a new sub-atomic particle, and a boson (those which carry forces) at that. But the question of whether it is the Higgs boson or not, never mind the simplest version vs an exotic form of the particle, remains unconfirmed.

But many think that will be more of a formality.

“We are very careful in not stating that it is the Higgs boson. It could be the Higgs boson, but I am pretty convinced it is a Higgs boson,” Rolf Heuer, director-general of Cern, which operates the LHC, told  BBC News

Professor Brian Cox

(Photo: BBC News)
Prof. Brian Cox



reacted with delight to the news that physicists at Cern have discovered a new particle consistent with the Higgs boson.

Professor Cox told the BBC the discovery was a significant moment in the history of science and a vindication of the work carried out with the Large Hadron Collider.

(Photo: sciencedaily.com, CERN)

The discovery has already had an important scientific side effect. Supersymmetry is one of the proposed schemes for extending physics beyond the Standard Model and predicts that each Standard Model particle is accompanied by a heavier partner known as a “sparticle”.

Scientists Predict the Next Big Thing in Particle Physics: Supersymmetry


The guardian has excellent coverage

Large Hadron Collider – Wikipedia



Thailand: 10 killed, 17 injured in tour bus crash – Victims named. Published 3 July 2012 2050 GMT/UTC

Ten people were killed and 17 others injured when a Bangkok to Koh Phangan tour bus skidded off the Surat Thani-Nakhon Si Thammarat highway and rammed a power post in tambon Takhian Thong of Kanchanadit district in Surat Thani province early Tuesday morning, police said.

Police said the bus left Bangkok at 7.30pm on Monday with 24 passengers and three crew members, bound for Koh Phangan island off Surat Thani. As it approached a village in tambon Takhian Thong about 5.30am, the bus skidded off the road into a pit on the left, in front of a petrol station, and then ploughed into a large power post. The broken post fell over the bus. Ten people died on the spot — the driver, a male foreign tourist, five female Thai passengers and three Thai female passengers. Seventeen other people, Thais and foreigners, were injured, most of them seriously.

Police were investigating the cause of the accident. MCOT online news reported that the initial investigation concluded the front right tyre burst, causing the driver to lose control and the bus hit the electric pole at full speed.

Tuesday, 03 July, 2012 at 08:24 (08:24 AM) UTC RSOE

Police said the bus left Bangkok at 7.30pm on Monday with 24 passengers and three crew members, bound for Koh Phangan island off Surat Thani. As it approached a village in tambon Takhian Thong about 5.30am the bus suddenly careered off the road into a pit on the left, in front of a petrol station, and then ploughed into a large power post. The broken post fell on top of the Transport Co bus.

Update: Ten people died on the spot — the male driver, a male Indian tourist, five female Thai passengers and three Thai male passengers.

Seventeen other people, Thais and foreigners, were injured, eight of them seriously.

Police said the accident occurred when the front right tyre burst, causing the driver to lose control. The bus hit a tree and then the electric pole at full speed.

One of the woman Thai passengers said the first driver was replaced by another driver when the bus stopped at a public rest area in Prachuap Khiri Khan’s Thap Sakae district.

“Since 3am, many passengers could not sleep because the bus was speeding so fast and the entire bus was also shaking.

“When I saw the bus going out of control I ducked down in my seat. I then heard a loud crash and cries for help everywhere,” she said.

Surat Thani governor Cherdsak Chusri went to the crash scene. He said provincial authorities had contacted the embassies of the countries of the injured foreigners.

Edited from BANGKOK POST

2 July 2012 05:03 PM(Thai Time)  The names six of the dead passengers were given as:

1) bus driver Ang Srinual, 58,

2) Indian tourist Ahmed Jain, 38,

3) Wanchai Boonnukul,

4) Pimphan Saedan,

5) Saharat Chummano, 39, and

6) Kamnung Somjaimai, 58.

Details of the other four fatalities could not be confirmed.

Names of the injured foreign passengers and their nationalities are as follows;

1) Ms Roverta Norton, British (Roberta Norton?)

2) Mr Jonathan Bennet, British

3) Mrs Pinry Jain (Ahmed’s mother), Indian

4) Mr Pushpinder Kuma, Indian

5) Mrs Aashima Jain, Indian

6) Ms Jasmine Maglige, Luxembourger

7) Mr Figueredo Matias Michael, Luxembourger, and

8) Mr Kapl Gaya, Zimbabwean.

July 3, 2012 2:48 pm
Those injured are being/were treated at Surat Thani Hospital (Tel 66 77) 272 231 and (66 77) 284 23; and Kanjanadit Hospital (66 77) 244518-9


Khun Don, Paknam Web Online Staff
News Editor at “Thailand Scribe”

Two rescued, two missing, after two RAF Tornados crash in Moray Firth, Scotland – Published 3 July 2012 1942 GMT/UTC

(Image: RAF)
Tornado GR4
(Click for more on GR4)

“Two people have been picked up by helicopter after two RAF Tornado jets crashed in the Moray Firth.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said the Tornado GR4s, which each have a crew of two, were from RAF Lossiemouth, on the Moray coast.

The RNLI said Wick, Invergordon and Buckie lifeboats were searching for two missing crew south of Wick.

The MoD said one of the aircraft had been seen in the water and the other was classed as “missing”.

Aberdeen Coastguard was alerted to the incident at about 13:50.

An RAF helicopter picked up two people and flew them to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness.” – BBC

More from BBC News

3 July 2012 2250 GMT/UTC:

Search for missing RAF aircrew suspended

Germany: 4 killed, at least 100 injured in storms – Published 2 July 2012 1810 GMT/UTC

(Image: Fir0002/Flagstaffotos)
Lightning strike
(Click image for source)

Weekend electrical storms killed four people, injured at least 100 others, caused power outages and disrupted train service across Germany, officials said.

Officials said a woman was killed in Bavaria Saturday when a tree fell on her car while three women golfers were killed by a lightning strike Friday in Hessen.

Many of the people who were wounded sustained their injuries while outdoors, reported on Sunday.

At least 51 festival-goers were hurt, nine seriously, when lightning struck a mast at the “With Full Force” heavy metal outdoor festival in Saxony.

A festival in Baden-Wurttemberg was cut short Sunday after wind tossed tents and debris, injuring at least 10 attendees.

Eighteen others were injured at a Volksfest in Bavaria when wind-blown tree branches were hurled into the crowd, officials said.

The German weather service said 8,135 lightning strikes were recorded in the Berlin area alone.

Monday, 02 July, 2012 at 14:32 (02:32 PM) UTC RSOE


Wochenend-Gewitter vier Menschen getötet, verletzt mindestens 100 andere, verursacht Stromausfälle und gestört Zugverkehr in ganz Deutschland, sagten Beamte.

Beamte, sagte eine Frau in Bayern Samstag wurde getötet, als ein Baum auf ihr Auto während drei Frauen Golfer durch einen Blitzschlag getötet wurden Freitag in Hessen.

Viele der Menschen, die verwundet wurden ihre Verletzungen erlitten, während draußen, am Sonntag berichtete.

Mindestens 51 Festivalbesucher wurden verletzt, neun ernst, als ein Blitz in einen Mast auf dem “With Full Force” Heavy Metal Open Air Festival in Sachsen.

Ein Festival in Baden-Württemberg war kurz geschnitten Sonntag nach Wind und Schmutz geworfen Zelte und verletzte mindestens 10 Teilnehmern.

Achtzehn andere an einem Volksfest in Bayern wurden verletzt, als verwehte Äste in die Menge geworfen wurden, sagten Beamte.

Der Deutsche Wetterdienst sagte 8135 Blitzeinschläge im Raum Berlin allein wurden aufgezeichnet.

Montag 2 Juli, 2012 um 14:32 Uhr (02.32 Uhr) UTC RSOE
Die wirklichen Gefahren des Blitzes .pdf

Japan: Radioactive cesium & potassium found in infants & young children living in Fukushima Prefecture – Published 2 July 2012 1720 GMT/UTC

A small amount of radioactive cesium was found in the urine samples from 141 infants and young children living in Fukushima Prefecture, where the crippled nuclear power plant is located, among 2,022 of those surveyed, a Japanese research group has said.

Three urine samples contained more than 10 becquerels of cesium per kilogram, including a case with 17.5 becquerels. Ten becquerels or less of cesium was found in the samples of the other 138, the Yokohama-based Isotope Research Institute said yesterday.

The urine samples also contained about an average 64 becquerels of radioactive potassium. “The level of cesium is lower than that of potassium, and it definitely has no effect on the human body,” said Hideaki Karaki, honorary professor of food safety at the University of Tokyo. “But we still need to know how cesium was taken into those infants’ bodies.”

The research institute said those children with over 10 becquerels of cesium were eating home-grown vegetables. The survey, conducted from last November to January, covered infants and children up to age 7.

According to Fukushima Prefecture, the cesium testing covered the largest number of citizens since the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant was hit by a massive earthquake and tsunami in March 2011 – RSOE