Palestinians celebrate UN victory


The news of the UN General Assembly’s decision to upgrade the Palestinians status was the cue for wild celebrations across the West Bank and Gaza.

In Ramallah, thousands hit the streets for a frenzy of flag-waving and fireworks.

Many in the crowd expressed their delight at the UN’s decision and their pride in President Mahmoud Abbas following his speech to the UN.

“I’m so proud, like a Palestinian, I’m so proud, this President represents me, he reflected our dreams in such a tremendous way,” one woman said.

Adnan Al-damiri, a major general in the Palestinian security service said, “There is a struggle between the Palestinians and the Israeli government. And today we have won a point in this struggle. We will continue to win the points until we get independence.”

In the city of Bethlehem, the bells of the Church of the Nativity rang out in honour of the vote.

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Over a million speak out against Uganda’s anti-gay bill


More than a million people have registered their opposition to Uganda’s  Anti-Homosexuality Bill, which the speaker of the Ugandan parliament has promised will be passed before Christmas.

Here is a listing of some of the many appeals to Ugandan government officials to block passage of the bill, which earned the nickname “Kill the Gays Bill” because it provided the death penalty for repeat offenders. That provision may or may not have been removed from the bill, which is awaiting action by the Ugandan parliament.

  • In a meeting last weekend with Ugandan leaders, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson expressed “strong opposition” to the bill to Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, as well as “to the parliament and to key decision makers in Uganda,” according to a State Department spokeswoman.

  • The Ugandan activist group Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) called the bill “draconian” and highlighted these provisions:
    • “Any person…

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Last night’s coldest temperatures

Official blog of the Met Office news team

As the recent cold spell continues, last night saw some cold temperatures across the UK with widespread frost across parts of the country, with the coldest place being Shap, Cumbria where it fell to -7.0 °C.

The table below shows the top twenty coldest places recorded by the Met Office last night.

RavensworthNORTH YORKSHIRE-5.8
Redesdale CampNORTHUMBERLAND-5.8
Newton RiggCUMBRIA-5.4
Chillingham BarnsNORTHUMBERLAND-4.7

The tables below show a breakdown of the coldest three places for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.



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ITALY: Strong tornado struck Taranto area in Puglia province, 20 hurt, 1 missing – 281112 2105z

A strong tornado hit Taranto area in southern Italian Puglia province today around 10:30 CET.

A powerful tornado on Wednesday struck a giant steel plant in southern Italy at the centre of a major labour dispute, leaving 20 workers slightly injured and one missing, as storms lashed much of the country.

Another video (much more closer):

The missing worker at the ILVA plant in Taranto is believed to have been operating a crane at the port which was swept out to sea by the wind.

“Divers are searching for him,” Lino Ursi, a spokesman for Taranto’s mayor said.

A chimneystack was partly destroyed by the strong winds and explosions could be heard inside the closed facility, officials said.

A regional emergency official, Fabiano Amati, said the storm had also struck a nearby school and six children had been lightly injured.

The ILVA plant, which is the biggest steel mill in western Europe, has been shut since Monday because of a long-running dispute over pollution levels. The company said there had been “heavy structural damage” on the facility.

Wednesday, 28 November, 2012 at 15:15 (03:15 PM) UTC RSOE

Photos showing some of the damage can be found here:


PART 2 (source: La Rebubblica) :

PART 3 (source: La Rebubblica):


If a powerful tornado was not enough…

From dangerously high winds in the south, to snow and freezing temperatures in the north with high water and flooding in Venice, all of Italy was in the grip of miserable weather Wednesday.

Snows clogged the Colle della Maddalena and Colle del Tenda passes in the mountains between Italy and France and, with no openings likely until later this week, truckers and travellers were forced to detour.

The bad weather, which comes after a similar wave of storms wreaked havoc earlier this month, also slowed searchers seeking three climbers who disappeared last weekend somewhere on Italy’s highest alpines slopes.

It is hoped that the trio, all experienced mountain climbers, have found some shelter from the inclement weather. Weather alerts were Wednesday issued for seven Italian regions.

Strong winds were also a major problem in Italy’s southern province of Campania, where civil defence authorities warned of heavy rains. Authorities in Tuscany were issuing similar heavy rainfall warnings as downpours brought by storm system Medusa raised fears of still more flooding.

Rainfall forced a temporary closure Tuesday of the rail line between the cities of Pisa and Genoa, and the Aurelia highway near Carrara. As many as 28 people were forced from their homes by floods in the city of Carrara, reminding people of severe flooding earlier this month in many parts of Tuscany.

More should be done to protect the region, Carrara Mayor Angelo Zubbani told Mediaset television. “Fifteen days after the previous flood we have this storm hit us, we’re a fragile area with open wounds,” he said.

In Venice authorities were cautiously hopeful that the high water, which had reached 103 centimetres, will be lower than earlier forecast. Waters were flooding about 10% of the historic city’s centre, lifted higher still by the force of sirocco winds.

Wednesday, 28 November, 2012 at 15:34 (03:34 PM) UTC RSOE



Venice 70% flooded after bad weather strikes northern Italy, set to hit Rome Updated 1311121310z


Un tornado ha colpito forte zona di Taranto, nel sud della Puglia provincia italiana di oggi intorno alle 10:30 CET.

Un potente tornado ha colpito il Mercoledì una pianta gigante d’acciaio in Italia meridionale al centro di una controversia di lavoro importante, lasciando 20 lavoratori lievemente feriti e uno mancanti, come tempeste sferzato gran parte del paese.

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Un altro video (molto più vicino):

Il lavoratore mancante dello stabilimento ILVA di Taranto si ritiene sia opera di una gru al porto che è stato spazzato in mare dal vento.

“Divers sono alla ricerca di lui,” Lino Ursi, un portavoce per il sindaco di Taranto ha detto.

Una ciminiera è stata in parte distrutta dai forti venti e le esplosioni potrebbero essere sentiti all’interno della struttura chiusa, hanno detto i funzionari.

Un funzionario di emergenza regionale, Fabiano Amati, ha detto che la tempesta aveva colpito anche una scuola vicina e sei bambini sono stati leggermente feriti.

Lo stabilimento ILVA, che è il più grande mulino di acciaio in Europa occidentale, è stato chiuso da Lunedi a causa di una lunga disputa sui livelli di inquinamento. La società ha detto che ci era stato “gravi danni strutturali” per l’impianto.

Mercoledì 28 novembre, 2012 alle 15:15 (15:15) UTC RSOE

Foto che mostrano alcuni dei danni può essere trovato qui:


PARTE 2 (fonte: La Rebubblica):

PARTE 3 (fonte: La Rebubblica):


Se un potente tornado non era abbastanza …

Da pericolosamente forti venti nel sud, a temperature di neve e gelo nel nord con acqua alta e inondazioni a Venezia, tutta l’Italia era in preda a tempo inclemente Mercoledì.

Nevi intasato il Colle della Maddalena e il Colle del Tenda passa nelle montagne tra Italia e Francia e, privo di aperture che possono fino a fine settimana, camionisti e viaggiatori sono stati costretti a deviazione.

Il maltempo, che viene dopo una simile ondata di temporali ha raso al suolo all’inizio di questo mese, anche rallentato ricercatori in cerca di tre alpinisti scomparsi lo scorso fine settimana da qualche parte d’Italia più alti pendii alpini.

Si spera che il trio, tutti alpinisti esperti, hanno trovato un riparo dalle intemperie. Meteo Mercoledì avvisi sono stati emessi per sette regioni italiane.

Venti forti erano anche un grave problema in provincia meridionale d’Italia della Campania, dove le autorità civili della difesa ha avvertito di forti piogge. Autorità in Toscana sono stati rilascio simili avvertimenti pesanti piogge, come acquazzoni portati dalla tempesta sistema Medusa sollevato timori di inondazioni ancora di più.

Pioggia forzato una chiusura temporanea Martedì della linea ferroviaria tra le città di Pisa e Genova, e dalla statale Aurelia nei pressi di Carrara. Ben 28 persone sono state costrette ad abbandonare le loro case dalle inondazioni nella città di Carrara, ricordare alla gente di gravi inondazioni all’inizio di questo mese in molte parti della Toscana.

Occorre fare di più per proteggere la regione, il sindaco di Carrara Angelo Zubbani ha detto alla tv Mediaset. “Quindici giorni dopo l’alluvione precedente abbiamo questa tempesta ci ha colpito, siamo una zona fragile, con ferite aperte”, ha detto.

A Venezia le autorità erano cautamente fiducioso che l’acqua alta, che aveva raggiunto 103 centimetri, sarà inferiore alle previsioni precedenti. Le acque sono state inondando circa il 10% del centro storico della città, la sollevò ancora più in alto dalla forza dei venti di scirocco.

Mercoledì 28 novembre, 2012 alle 15:34 (03:34) UTC RSOE

Twelve men to be mutilated and executed by Libyan militia for allegedly being gay – 261112 2130z

Twelve men to be executed by Libyan militia for allegedly being gay

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“An extremist Salafist militia in Libya captured twelve men promising to mutilate and kill them for allegedly being gay
25 November 2012 | By Dan Littauer

Twelve men to be mutilated and executed by Libyan militia for allegedly being gay

Twelve men face mutilation and execution for allegedly being gay after being captured by an extremist Libyan Islamist militia.

The twelve men were, apparently, having a private party in Ain Zara, a suburb of Tripoli, the country’s capital, when the militia captured them, late on Thursday night (22 November).

The group boasted by posting the pictures of the men on Facebook, describing them as the ‘third sex’ (a term used in the Arab Gulf area to denote ‘queers’) including one of the men who had a henna ‘tattoo’ on his back.

One of the pictures was accompanied by the Quranic call ‘there is no power but the power of Allah!’

At the time of writing, the picture of the men received 121 likes, 118 shares, and mainly violent comments such as ‘flog them hard!’, ‘let them see bullets!’, ‘free Libya! [ie from gays]’, ‘ride them like camels’ and so on.

Human Rights Watch Libya left a comment saying the organization hopes the men will not be treated inhumanely and called upon the militia to hand the men to the civil authorities (the comment received no likes).

The militia Facebook page entitled as the ‘special deterrence unit’ boasted that the men were captured doing the ‘practices of the people of Lot’ (ie gay sex) and that they are to be mutilated and executed.

The militia also claim they have now become a legal part of the Libyan Ministry of Interior.

The group states its mission is to remove ‘corruption’, ‘vice’, alcoholic drinks and now gays from the streets of Libya.

Human Rights Watch Libya identified the group as the Al-Nawasi militia, who are considered to be extreme Salafists

The militia has been previously been reported as being responsible for attacks against Sufi (moderate form of Islam) shrines and followers.

Gay Star News has, so far, not been able to independently verify the reports.

Speaking with Gay Star News, a Libyan LGBT activist nicknamed Khaleed stated: ‘We never had any gay nightclubs in Libya, so it is not uncommon for Libyans – straight, bisexual and gay men to party in a private space, drink, dance, have fun and sometimes even have sex.

‘That fact that they were captured by this extreme Salafist militia is very worrying.

‘The situation for LGBT people after the revolution generally improved, people can meet each other more easily than under the Qadaffi [Gadaffi] regime, although, of course we still have to be very discreet and careful.

‘Many of us fear that some of the militias [there are over 250 of them in the country], which are extreme Islamists who are very well armed and financed, will focus on the LGBT community and hunt us down.

‘The police is largely absent or powerless so Libyan civil society has a real problem; the militias often take the law onto their own hands.

‘That the Al Nawasi militia claims they are now part of the Ministry of Interior is very worrying; this move should be unacceptable to the public and to civil society groups.’ ”


اثني عشر رجلا ليتم تنفيذها من قبل الميليشيات الليبية لكونه مثلي الجنس يزعم
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“القبض على ميليشيا السلفية المتطرفة في ليبيا اثني عشر رجلا واعدة للتشويه والقتل منهم لكونه مثلي الجنس يزعم
25 نوفمبر 2012 | بقلم دان Littauer

اثني عشر رجلا وجدت مشوهة والتي تنفذها الميليشيات الليبية لكونه مثلي الجنس يزعم

يواجه اثني عشر رجلا تشويه والتنفيذ لكونه مثلي الجنس يزعم بعد اعتقاله من قبل ميليشيا اسلامية متطرفة الليبية.

وكان الرجال الاثني عشر، على ما يبدو، وجود حفلة خاصة في عين زارة، إحدى ضواحي طرابلس، عاصمة البلاد، عندما استولت عليها الميليشيات، في وقت متأخر مساء الخميس (22 نوفمبر).

تفاخر المجموعة عن طريق نشر الصور من الرجال في الفيسبوك، واصفا إياها ب “الجنس الثالث” (وهو مصطلح يستخدم في منطقة الخليج العربي للدلالة على ‘الشواذ’) بما في ذلك واحد من الرجال الذين لديهم ‘الوشم’ من الحناء على بلده العودة.

ورافق واحدة من الصور عن طريق الدعوة القرآنية ‘هناك ولا قوة الا قوة الله!’

في وقت كتابة هذا التقرير، تلقى صورة للرجال 121 من الأشخاص، سهم 118، وتعليقات عنيفة بشكل رئيسي مثل “جلد لهم الثابت! ‘،’ السماح لهم برؤية الرصاص! ‘،’ تحرير ليبيا! [أي من مثليون جنسيا] ‘،’ مطية لهم مثل ‘الجمال وهلم جرا.

حقوق الإنسان ترك ووتش ليبيا تعليقا قائلا ان المنظمة تأمل لن يعامل الرجال لا إنسانية، ودعا الميليشيات لتسليم الرجال إلى السلطات المدنية (التعليق تتلق أي يحب).

تفاخر صفحة الفيسبوك بعنوان ميليشيا باسم “وحدة الردع الخاصة” أن الرجال تم القبض العمل “ممارسات قوم لوط” و(أي الجنس مثلي الجنس) والتي أريد لها أن تكون مشوهة وتنفيذها.

ميليشيا تدعي أيضا أنها أصبحت الآن جزءا القانونية في وزارة الداخلية الليبية.

مجموعة الدول مهمتها هي إزالة ‘الفساد’، ‘نائب’، المشروبات الكحولية ومثليون جنسيا الآن من شوارع ليبيا.

حقوق الإنسان المحددة ووتش ليبيا للمجموعة كما في ميليشيا آل النواصي، الذين يعتبرون أن تكون السلفيين المتطرفة

وقد سبق للميليشيا أفادت بأنها مسؤولة عن الهجمات ضد الصوفية (نموذج معتدل للإسلام) الأضرحة وأتباعه.

مثلي الجنس ستار نيوز وحتى الآن، لم تتمكن من التحقق بشكل مستقل من هذه التقارير.

تحدث مع ستار نيوز جنسيا، وهو ناشط ليبي الملقب LGBT Khaleed قائلا: “لم تكن لدينا أي مثلي الجنس النوادي الليلية في ليبيا، لذلك ليس من غير المألوف لليبيين – الرجال على التوالي، والمخنثين ومثلي الجنس لحزب في مساحة خاصة والشراب والرقص ويكون متعة وأحيانا حتى ممارسة الجنس.

“هذه الحقيقة التي تم القبض عليهم من قبل هذه الميليشيات السلفية المتطرفة هو مقلق للغاية.

‘الحالة للأشخاص المثليين بعد الثورة تحسنت عموما، يمكن للناس قاء بعضهم البعض بسهولة أكثر من نظام القذافي تحت [القذافي]، على الرغم من وبطبيعة الحال ما زال علينا أن يكون حذرا جدا ودقيق.

“الكثير منا يخشى أن بعض الميليشيات [هناك أكثر من 250 منهم في البلاد]، والتي هي الإسلاميين المتطرفين الذين هم بشكل جيد للغاية المسلحة وتمويلها، وسوف تركز على المجتمع LGBT ومطاردة لنا باستمرار.

“الشرطة غائبة إلى حد كبير أو عاجزة حتى المجتمع المدني الليبي لديه مشكلة حقيقية، وغالبا ما تأخذ الميليشيات على القانون بأيديهم.

“أن الميليشيا النواصي شركة تدعي أنها هي الآن جزء من وزارة الداخلية مثير للقلق للغاية، وهذا التحرك ينبغي أن تكون غير مقبولة للجمهور ومنظمات المجتمع المدني”.

Fire kills 14 in workshop for people with disabilities in SW Germany – 261112 2000z

Firefighters say a fire at a workshop for people with disabilities in southwestern Germany has killed 14 and injured at least six others.

Fire Kills 14 in Workshop for people with disabilities
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Markus Straub, a spokesman for local firefighters, said there was no immediate information on why the building in Titisee-Neustadt, near the city of Freiburg, caught fire Monday.

The center employs some 120 people with either mental of physical disabilities in a variety of jobs including metalwork, woodwork and electrical installation, according to the facility’s website.

The center in the Black Forest region is run by the Catholic Church’s Caritas organization. Straub said some 100 firefighters were battling the flames.

Monday, 26 November, 2012 at 17:36 (05:36 PM) UTC RSOE

“At least 14 people were killed after a fire broke out at a workshop employing people with disabilities in southwestern Germany. The blaze broke out at 2 p.m. local time and raged for two hours before fire fighters were able to extinguish it.

The exact cause of the fire is unknown. Investigators say it started in the storeroom of the workshop, where people with disabilities work with metal and wood and assemble electrical products. An explosion was heard coming from a room where chemicals are believed to have been stored, police said.” –

Offshore workers evacuated from North Sea oil rig following gas leak – 261112 1910z

An investigation is under way after more than 90 workers were evacuated from a North Sea oil platform following a gas leak.

North Cormorant platform
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They were taken to nearby installations after the alarm was raised on the North Cormorant platform at about 05:00 on Sunday.

Operators Taqa Bratani said the platform was shut down as a precaution.

No-one was injured.

The company said the exact cause of the incident was not yet known.

Taqa said 92 non-essential crew were transferred, from a total of 202 personnel.

The neighbouring feeder Tern and Eider installations were also shut down.

The North Cormorant platform is about 109 miles off Lerwick, Shetland.

Monday, 26 November, 2012 at 10:53 (10:53 AM) UTC RSOE

“A spokeswoman for Taqa said: “[We] can confirm that, as a precautionary measure, 92 non-essential crew were transferred from its North Cormorant platform following an incident on the installation.

“A total of 202 personnel were on board at the time and all are safe and well. 110 workers remain on the platform.

“As a result of an indication of gas, the platform was shut down and depressurised. The platform’s well operations have been made safe and the situation is under control.

“As a further precautionary measure, the 92 non-essential personnel were taken by helicopter to nearby TAQA installations. Thirty-eight of those transferred workers, who could not be accommodated offshore overnight, have returned onshore.

“Our number one priority is the safety and welfare of our people on board the facility as well as the surrounding environment. An investigation will be undertaken to establish the cause of the incident.”” –

Huge fire and explosion in gin distillery burns man, closes roads and railway. Residents evacuated – 261112 1625z

Roads have been closed in Oldbury and Langley this morning due to a huge fire.

Distillery fire, Hall Street, Oldbury

A spokesman for West Midlands Police said: “We were called just after 10am this morning to a reports of a fire in Sandwell.

“Officers are currently in attendance at Alcohols Ltd on Crosswell Road in Langley.

The following roads have been closed whilst emergency services try to contain the fire.”

The spokesman added: “Crosswells Road, Tat Banks road and Western Road and Vicarage Road junction with Dog Kennel Lane. Closures are also in place at Thompson Road and New Henry Street. Residents within the vicinity of the fire are currently being evacuated.”

Train services have also been affected due to the Stourbridge to Birmingham line being so close to the giant fire.

Monday, 26 November, 2012 at 15:42 (03:42 PM) UTC RSOE

Distillery fire, Hall Street, Oldbury

At 09.58 this morning WMFS’ Fire Control team received several calls reporting a severe fire and explosion at a commercial premises in Hall Street, Oldbury.

Five fire appliances from around Birmingham and the Black Country were initially sent to scene.

On arrival, firefighters were confronted by a huge blaze in a three storey gin distillery measuring approximately 20 metres by 60 metres, occupying some 12,000 square feet, and involving 4,000 litres of heptane fluid.

A further ten appliances including a hydraulic platform were requested to attend.

Crews have been on the scene throughout the morning tackling the blaze. A 100 metre safety cordon is in place.

A number of people were evacuated from premises nearby as a precaution, and one man believed to have sustained flash burns, was taken to hospital by ambulance.

Surrounding roads have been closed and rail services in the area were stopped

At 14:50 there are more than 100 firefighters on the scene tackling the blaze and the 100 metre exclusion cordon remains in place, with residents in homes nearby advised to keep windows and doors closed.

Crews are also working with the environment agency to prevent water run-off to the river Tame and rail services are still suspended.

This is a protracted incident and fire crews will be on the scene throughout the night. Anyone considering returning to their property will need to report to police officers at the outer cordon in the first instance.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Phil Loach said: “This is an extremely challenging incident and we are working hard with our emergency services colleagues and other supporting agencies to bring the incident to a safe conclusion”

Crash on M42 involving a coach and seven cars – 261112 0155z

The M42 was closed yesterday afternoon following a crash involving a coach and seven cars.

(Photo: WMAS)
M42 crash involving a coach and seven cars


The incident occurred on the M42 Northbound, junction 6,  Hampton in Arden at around 4.25pm.  Two ambulances, a rapid response vehicle, a paramedic officer and the Trusts CARE Team with a doctor, attended the scene.


A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a coach and seven cars that are believed to have been in a collision.



“The 24 people on the coach, included the driver, were found to be shook up but uninjured.


“One man travelling in a car was also uninjured.


“Twelve other people suffered minor injuries and were treated at the scene.  All twelve were discharged at the scene by paramedics and the Doctor.


“One man, the driver of a car, and believed to be in his 60’s, suffered neck and back injuries.  He received emergency treatment at the scene and was extricated with the help of the fire service.  This took around 40 minutes.


“The man was transferred by land ambulance to Heartlands Hospital for further treatment.


“Due to the number of vehicles involved and number of people who were out of vehicles on the motorway, it was closed for a short time for everyone’s safety.”

24 – 25 November rainfall update

Official blog of the Met Office news team

Overnight rainfall recorded at Met Office observing stations from 6pm Saturday 24 November to 8am Sunday 25 November:

Station    Amount
Fylingdales, North Yorkshire36.6 mm
Pershore, Hereford & Worcester32.6 mm
Sheffield, South Yorkshire32.6 mm
Gingley-on-the-Hill31.8 mm
Leek, Staffordshire31.6 mm
High Mowthorpe, North Yorkshire31.4 mm
Exeter Airport, Devon31.2 mm
Dunkeswell, Devon30.8 mm
Scarborough, North Yorkshire30.6 mm
Normanby Hall, Humberside30 mm

Below are the highest rainfall totals recorded at Met Office observing stations between midnight on Saturday and 8am this morning:

Station    Amount
St Mary’s Airport, Isles of Scilly58.2 mm
Plymouth, Devon56.8 mm
Cardinham, Cornwall49.2 mm
Exeter Airport, Devon48 mm
Dunkeswell, Devon47.8 mm
Camborne, Cornwall44.6 mm
Culdrose, Cornwall41 mm
Pershore, Hereford & Worcester40.6 mm
Astwood Bank, Hereford & Worcester39.6 mm
Liscombe, Somerset38.4 mm


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Official blog of the Met Office news team

As forecast, unsettled weather continues across the UK, with more heavy rain and strong winds expected to affect many areas at times through the weekend and into next week.

The Met Office and the Environment Agency are warning the public to be prepared for possible travel disruption and flooding as some areas see up to 60 mm on top of the rain that has already fallen over this week.

Eddy Carroll, Met Office Chief Forecaster, said: “The current very unsettled run of weather is set to continue with further spells of wet and windy weather expected across the country over the next few days.

“The southwest of England and parts of southeast Wales are expected to see the heaviest rain on Saturday with between 30 to 40 mm of rain in many parts and up to 60 mm of rain in some areas. Further rain moving in from the west on…

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UK: Historic change at the General Medical Council (GMC) – 231112 1315z

The General Medical Council (GMC) (See*1) has today confirmed the make-up of its new smaller Council (See*2) in an historic move for the 154-year old organisation.

The appointments are part of a series of reforms to the GMC’s Council which was 104-strong just over 10 years ago and marks a major milestone in reforming medical regulation in the UK.

In 2003, the Council was reduced from 104 to 35 members and was reduced again to 24 members in 2009.

The current Council of 24 established the principles of independent appointment and having an equal number of medical and non-medical (lay) members.

From January 2013, the Council will be reduced in size to 12 members and will be led by its Chair Professor Sir Peter Rubin, who himself became the GMC’s first appointed Chair since the regulator was established in 1858.

The new appointments were made after a robust selection process led by Sir Peter and three other experienced assessors, independent of both the GMC and government.

The GMC is the independent regulator of the UK’s 250,000 doctors.

The GMC controls entry to the Medical Register; regulates all stages of medical education; sets standards of practice and takes firm but fair action where those high standards have not been met. The role of the Council is to set high level strategy and hold the executive to account for delivering that strategy.

Professor Sir Peter Rubin said: ‘The move to a smaller Council is an historic change and will play a critical role in setting out a clear vision and direction for the GMC at a time of great change for doctors and patients.’

‘The current Council has delivered a range of major initiatives to protect patients and improve the quality of healthcare, including major reforms to our fitness to practice work, the establishment of the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service and perhaps most significantly, the introduction of revalidation, which starts in December.’

‘I am really looking forward to working with my new colleagues as we continue to make our contribution to improving medical education and practice across the UK.’

The GMC’s Council appointments have been confirmed by the Privy Council:

The Privy Council has approved the following appointments, recommended by the selection panel chaired by Professor Sir Peter Rubin:

  • Dr Shree Datta
  • Lady Christine Eames
  • Professor Michael Farthing
  • Baroness Helene Hayman
  • Lord Ajay Kakkar
  • Professor Jim McKillop
  • Professor Deirdre Kelly
  • Dame Suzi Leather
  • Dame Denise Platt
  • Mrs Enid Rowlands
  • Dr Hamish Wilson

The new Council will start its term of office on 1 January 2013.


*1. The General Medical Council registers and licenses doctors to practise medicine in the UK. The law gives us four main functions:

  • Keeping up-to-date registers of qualified doctors
  • Fostering good medical practice
  • Promoting high standards of medical education and training
  • Dealing firmly and fairly with doctors whose fitness to practise is in doubt

*2. The Council is the governing body of the GMC. It is responsible for the overall control of the organisation. It ensures that the GMC is properly managed and that the organisation fulfils its statutory and charitable purposes to protect and promote the health and safety of the public by ensuring proper standards in the practice of medicine. It has an equal number of medical and non-medical (lay) members and includes at least one person who lives or works wholly or mainly in each of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.


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Uganda: Ebola virus outbreak kills 5, 2 other cases confirmed, 18 suspected, contacts 40 – 231112 1100z

1976 photograph of two nurses standing in front of Mayinga N., a patient with Ebola virus disease; she died only a few days later due to severe internal bleeding and hemorrhaging.

One person succumbed to the Ebola virus Sunday, bringing the death toll in the latest outbreak of the dreaded Ebola haemorrhagic fever in Uganda to five.

The victim, a 29-year-old woman, died at Bombo Hospital, some 30 kilometres north of the capital Kampala, where she was admitted on Tuesday last week.

Halima Nakimbugwe is said to have contracted the disease while nursing her husband, a boda boda rider, who was the first person to die in the latest epidemic in Luweero District.

Ministry of Health spokesperson Rukia Nakamatte, said Nakimbugwe died yesterday afternoon at Bombo Hospital, where results of the tests carried out confirmed that she had contracted Ebola.

Two other people confirmed to have been infected with the virus have been admitted to Mulago Hospital.

Another 12 suspected to have been infected with the virus are also admitted to Mulago, while another six are at Bombo Hospital.

“The number of confirmed Ebola patients remains the two admitted to Mulago Hospital, while the number of contacts has risen from 34 to 40. These are being monitored both in Kampala and Bombo,” Ms Nakamatte said.

Another person, this time from Mbarara in the western region of the country, was also admitted to Mulago yesterday after he presented signs of the Ebola fever.

His blood samples have been taken for tests and results are expected soon.

In Luweero, a burial team set up by the District Ebola Task Force to ensure that bodies of those confirmed or suspected to have Ebola are handled and buried by a special team, yesterday narrowly escaped lynching by mourners who snatched a body from the Nakatonya Muslim Cemetery in Bombo Town Council.

According the Luweero District disease surveillance officer, Mr Richard Kawenyera, the mourners armed with clubs, sticks and stones accused the special burial team of violating Muslim burial rites by wrapping the dead body in a bag.

They insisted on washing the body before burial as part of the Islamic rites.

“We are worried because we do not know what happened afterwards. The blood sample was taken to the Uganda Virus Research Institute and the results had not been received to confirm whether or not he died of Ebola. If a positive result turns up, these people will have touched the body of an Ebola victim,” Mr Kawenyera said on Saturday.

The Luweero District Health Officer, Dr Joseph Okware, said the man’s body had been taken to the Nyimbwa Health Centre IV by relatives, after he was found dead in a store at Ndejje University on Friday.

“They wanted us to ascertain the cause of death since he is a resident of Kakute Village in Nyimbwa Sub-county, where there has been an Ebola outbreak. We handled the case carefully until we got information that the mourners had grabbed the body from our team.”

A special isolation centre for both the suspected and confirmed cases is being set up with the support from the Medecines Sans Frotiers, at Nyimbwa Health Centre IV, where patients are expected to be transferred to from Bombo Military Hospital on Monday (today).

In Nakasongola District, traditional healers have been banned from admitting patients whom they do not know following the Ebola outbreak which has claimed two lives in the neighbouring Luweero District.

This follows reports that an Ebola patient from Luweero may have been rushed to one of the traditional medicine men’s shrines in Nakasongola before she died. This has sparked off panic among local residents.

Tuesday, 20 November, 2012 at 04:00 UTC RSOE


Canadian scientists have shown that the deadliest form of the Ebola virus could be transmitted by air between species

In experiments, they demonstrated that the virus was transmitted from pigs to monkeys without any direct contact between them.

 Growing concerns over ‘in the air’ transmission of Ebola (link)

Eating the same fruit as contaminated bats could possibly spread #ebola, scientist Travis Warren tells BBC Newsday


This deserves a wider audience!

LBFRS - News

A firefighter has been taken to hospital after he was assaulted responding to a fire call in Edinburgh this afternoon (22 November).

Crews were called to a report of a fire at the high-rise flats in Linksview House,Tolbooth Wynd in Leith at 3.35pm.

On arrival, they discovered a fire in the kitchen of a flat and smoke coming out of the property. As one of the firefighters went to help evacuate a man from the premises, he was kicked in the face suffering a cut to his chin.

Police were called and the man was taken into custody.

Four firefighters in breathing apparatus extinguished the fire, vented the property and checked for fire spread.

Three pumps and a height appliance attended at the incident.

Local Senior Officer for the City of Edinburgh, John Dickie, said:

“No firefighter ever expects to be assaulted in the course of responding to an emergency…

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US: Justin Bieber Will Not Be Charged in Alleged Photog Battery – Updated 22 Nov 2012 1645z

28 May 2012: CALABASAS, California (AP) – Justin Bieber is wanted for questioning by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s investigators after a photographer complained of being roughed up by the pop star at a shopping centre.

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Justin Bieber is wanted for questioning after a paparazzo claimed Bieber assaulted him on Sunday, reports.

The photographer claims a physical altercation ensued after he tried to take Bieber’s photo in Calabasas, Calif. When cops arrived, Bieber and his girlfriend Selena Gomez had already left the scene. After complaining of pain in his upper torso, the photog was transported to the hospital, where he filed a police report.

Witnesses at the scene told police the photographer was blocking Bieber’s car. Police officers, who are investigating the claim as a misdemeanor battery, are now trying to track down Bieber, Gomez and any other witnesses to get both sides of the story. said that Justin was in Calabasas, where he lives, just after noon Sunday at a mall called The Commons.� A paparazzo attempted to take Justin’s picture and, according to law enforcement, some sort of physical altercation erupted between Justin and the camera guy.

The photog called 911, and when cops arrived Justin and GF Selena Gomez had already split.

Amongst the articles on this story that are doing the rounds on the internet is this, from :

The accuser is a photographer–well, okay, a paparazzo–who told deputies when he tried to take photos of the famous couple, Bieber physically battered him.

Bieber and Gomez left before the LASD showed up, though.

The photog insisted on filing a criminal report, to which the LASD obliged. He said he was in pain and needed medical help. “The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was treated and later released,” add the LASD.

It could be, though, that the idea to file came as a suggestion from someone at the scene. TMZ has some follow-up from the melee at the mall:

We’re told several witnesses at the scene say after the altercation, a lawyer walked up to the photog and said he could get a lot of money out of the incident and advised the dude to call for an ambulance and file a police report.Additionally, the paparazzo’s role as pure “victim” may have been just at eensy weensy bit exaggerated, according to TMZ’s sources:

Witnesses also say the photog had been blocking Justin’s car as the singer was trying to leave. Justin got out of the car and asked the guy to move away but he wouldn’t, and a scuffle ensued.Still, the LASD are taking this seriously:

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Malibu-Lost Hills Station detectives are investigating the incident. Any with information about this incident is urged, contact detctives at (818-878-1808). Or if you wish to remain Anonymous, call �LA Crime Stoppers� by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477), texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or using the website

To be fair to Justin, his side of the story has not emerged yet, and he is, of course, innocent until proven guilty

29 May 2012 This, from MSNBC


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31 May 2012 Update: So where is Justin?

“The latest reports tell that the “Baby” singer could face criminal prosecution for a misdemeanor battery after allegedly getting into a scuffle with a shutterbug on his way out of the movie theaters with girlfriend Selena Gomez in Los Angeles on Sunday.

According to TMZ, The Los Angeles Police Department have turned the case over to the Los Angeles County District Attorney�s office, which is a typical scenario for high-profile cases.

Although a spokesperson for the D.A.’s office tells Gossip Cop prosecutors have yet to act, prosecutors are referring to the case as a criminal prosecution.

Following the incident the 19-year-old tweeted, “gonna focus on the important stuff. the music.”

Authorities have requested to talk to Bieber about the altercation but he jetted off to Norway and it seems he’ll be across the pond for a little while.

Justin tweeted yesterday, “ok. going to board. OFF TO EUROPE! PHASE 1 of operation secret concerts! lol. OSLO first stop (G: Note link below). See u soon….and…when i land #DieInYourArms and #BOYFRIEND will be out!! Countdown and then #BIEBERBLAST !!!! thanks! see u soon. much love. #BELIEVE”.”� – 29 May 2012

Update 22 Nov 2012:

Justin Bieber Will Not Be Charged in Alleged Photog Battery (link)

27 Nov 2012:

Justin Bieber and Carly Rae Jepsen booed at sports final

BBC Newsbeat Page last updated at 15:57 GMT, Monday, 26 November 2012

Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber has been booed at a Canadian football final in Toronto.

“The star was jeered along with fellow Canadian singer Carly Rae Jepsen at half-time as the pair were about to perform for the crowd.

They were also booed as the stadium announcer introduced the pair and it continued as Justin Bieber sang a medley of his hits, which included Boyfriend and Beauty and a Beat.

“Thank you so much Canada,” Justin Bieber told the crowd. “I love you.”

The Grey Cup is the championship game of the Canadian Football League (CFL), a form of gridiron closely related to American football.

Carly Rae Jepsen

Earlier in the week, 18-year-old Justin Bieber was presented with a diamond jubilee medal by Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

He was criticised by some Canadian football fans after wearing overalls, unbuttoned on one shoulder, a white T-shirt and a backwards baseball cap.

Stephen Harper wrote on Twitter: “In fairness to [Bieber], I told him I would be wearing my overalls too.”

Former Grey Cup half-time performers have included guitar bands such as Nickelback and Lenny Kravitz.

Carly Rae Jepsen, 27, received a mixed reaction to start with but managed to win the crowd over during a medley of her latest single, This Kiss, and her worldwide hit Call Me Maybe.”


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Wales Air Forum

Behind-the-scenes pictures of the Duke of Cambridge working as a helicopter search and rescue pilot have been released for the first time today.

The pictures show a typical “day in the life” for William in his work flying RAF Sea King helicopters from their base at RAF Valley on Anglesey.

From planning and preparing for any emergency callout to resting with his colleagues during “downtime”, the exclusive pictures give an insight into the life of Flight Lieutenant Wales in his day job as a search and rescue (SAR) pilot.

Prince William at work at RAF Valley

William may be a royal, but he works the same 24-hour shifts as the rest of his four-man crew.

Each morning starts with a briefing from the off-going duty crew, including an engineering brief, an update on specific air and ground activities in the area, and local and national weather forecasts.

From the moment the crew start their shift, they are…

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Passenger lands plane at Dublin airport

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Lufthansa Boeing 747Off-duty pilot hailed a ‘hero’ after taking over controls of Lufthansa Boeing 747 and helping it land after first officer falls ill

By Henry McDonald

Passenger lands plane at Dublin airport – a Lufthansa spokeswoman said the man who stepped in to help was licensed to operate and fly the 747. Photograph: EPA

A German passenger has been hailed a hero after taking over the controls of a plane and helping it land at Dublin airport.

Details have emerged of how the off-duty pilot offered to help the flight crew after the first officer of the Lufthansa Boeing 747 became ill while flying over the Atlantic on Monday.

When the cabin crew announced the plane was being diverted, the passenger asked why and then offered to help, pointing out he was a qualified pilot.

The German national helped bring the plane down safely in an emergency landing at the airport…

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80% of MPs want airline holiday sales within Atol

Wales Air Forum

80% of MPs want airline holiday sales within Atol

Eight out of ten MPs (81%) agree that airline holiday sales should be included within the Atol consumer protection scheme, according to new research.

MPs from all parties support extended consumer protection, with 93% of Liberal Democrats, 91% of Labour MPs, and 63% of Conservatives supportive, according to the results of an Abta poll of 150 MPs released ahead of of tomorrow’s House of Commons debate on Atol reform.

Abta estimates that 38% of the public travelling on flight-based holidays remain unprotected by the Atol scheme of financial protection.

Including holidays sold by airlines within the Atol scheme would both help reduce consumer confusion and ensure more travellers are protected, the association claims.

The House of Commons debate will focus on the Transport Select Committee’s report, which recommends that airline holiday sales should be included in the Atol scheme.

The report was published in April when Flight-Plus and other Atol reforms…

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Cameroon police arrest man seized by anti-gay mob


Police in the Cameroonian coastal city of Limbe on Oct. 29 arrested a man on homosexuality charges after a mob seized him and delivered him to the police station.

Cornelius Fonya pleaded not guilty to the charges in a hearing on Nov. 7. His request for release on bail was denied. A hearing in his case is scheduled for Dec. 19.

Human rights lawyer Walter M. Atoh Tchemi, who is representing Fonya, said his client was arrested on the basis of the mob’s accusation, which in turn was based on accusations by two men who said Fonya had made advances toward them.

Fonya is accused of being caught in the act of homosexual sex, but Atoh said his client was not caught in the act of having sex with anyone.

Under Cameroonian law, homosexual activity is punishable by prison sentences of up to five years.

Under that law, eight people…

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Airliner encounters severe turbulence over Atlantic, plunges 1,000 meters (3,300 ft), 30 slightly hurt – 201112 1415z

An airliner flying from Havana to Milan abruptly plunged some 1,000 meters (3,300 feet) when it hit unusually strong turbulence over the Atlantic on Monday, terrifying passengers and leaving some 30 people aboard with bruises and scrapes, airline officials said.

The flight continued to Milan’s Malpensa airport after the plane’s captain determined that it suffered no structural damage and two passengers who are physicians found no serious injuries, Giulio Buzzi, head of the pilots division at Neos Air said.

The ANSA news agency quoted bruised passenger Edoardo De Lucchi as saying meals were being served when suddenly there was “10 seconds of terror.”

He recounted how plates went flying and some passengers not wearing seatbelts bounced about.

Buzzi had said that the drop measured some 3,000 meters (10,000 feet) in a cloudless sky.

But Milan daily’s Corriere della Sera’s web site, quoting Neos official Davide Martini, later reported that the plane first bounced up some 500 meters (1,650 feet), then dropped some 1,000 meters (3,300 feet) to some 500 meters (1,650 feet) below the original altitude.

Tuesday, 20 November, 2012 at 03:58 (03:58 AM) UTC RSOE

Nigeria bus crash kills 20 in Zamfara State – 201112 1350z

“No fewer than 20 people yesterday lost their lives in a fatal accident involving a bus and a Golf car along Sokoto-Gusau road in Zamfara State.

According eyewitness account, scores of others also sustained various degrees of injuries.

The bus was said to have left its lane and collided with an oncoming Golf car, thereby, killing 17 people in the vehicles.

Six other people were said to have died when another bus veered off the road and crashed into a nearby bush.

Leadership gathered that some of the victims were rushed to a hospital in Talata Mafara local government area of the state, even as relations of other victims evacuated them to Sokoto.

It was also gathered that the executive governor of the state, Alhaji Abdul Aziz Yari Abubakar, who was at the scene of the accident summoned the officials of Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) at the Government House Gusau to discuss about the accident.

It would be recalled that road users have expressed serious concern over frequent accidents on Sokoto-Gusau road in recent times.”

Tuesday, 20 November, 2012 at 12:07 (12:07 PM) UTC RSOE

Twin road accidents kill 25 in north Nigeria

An official says two road accidents that took place an hour apart have claimed 25 lives on a northern Nigerian road.

More here….

Tropical Cyclone 03B heading for CHENNAI, India – 191112 0020z

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WTIO31 PGTW 182100

181800Z — NEAR 15.4N 86.9E

190600Z — 15.2N 85.9E

191800Z — 15.0N 84.9E

200600Z — 14.7N 84.0E

201800Z — 14.3N 82.9E

182100Z POSITION NEAR 15.4N 86.6E.
190900Z, 191500Z AND 192100Z.//


WTIO31 182100 PGTW
# / / GENADMIN संयुक्त आंधी WRNCEN पर्ल हार्बर हाई / /
Subj / उष्णकटिबंधीय चक्रवात 03B चेतावनी (तीन) 005 / / NR
1. उष्णकटिबंधीय चक्रवात (तीन) 03B चेतावनी 005 एन.आर.
01 NORTHIO में सक्रिय उष्णकटिबंधीय चक्रवात
हवाओं में निरंतर अधिकतम एक मिनट के औसत पर आधारित
केवल खुले पानी पर हवा वैध radii

चेतावनी स्थिति:
181800Z — NEAR 15.4N 86.9E
आंदोलन पिछले छह घंटे 07 KTS एटी 235 डिग्री
060 NM के भीतर करने के लिए सही स्थिति
स्थिति सैटेलाइट के द्वारा स्थित केंद्र पर आधारित
वर्तमान पवन वितरण:
के.टी. 035, gusts 045 के.टी. मैक्स हवाओं निरंतर
केवल खुले पानी पर हवा वैध radii
दोहराएँ 86.9E 15.4N: मंज़ूर

12 घंटे में मान्य:
190600Z — 15.2N 85.9E
के.टी. 035, gusts 045 के.टी. मैक्स हवाओं निरंतर
केवल खुले पानी पर हवा वैध radii
24 घंटा मंज़ूर करने के लिए वेक्टर: 260/05 डीईजी KTS

24 घंटे, वैध:
191800Z — 15.0N 84.9E
के.टी. 035, gusts 045 के.टी. मैक्स हवाओं निरंतर
केवल खुले पानी पर हवा वैध radii
36 एचआर मंज़ूर करने के लिए वेक्टर: 250 डीईजी / KTS 05

वैध एटी 36 बजे:
200600Z — 14.7N 84.0E
के.टी. 035, gusts 045 के.टी. मैक्स हवाओं निरंतर
केवल खुले पानी पर हवा वैध radii
के रूप में पानी के ऊपर एक महत्वपूर्ण उष्णकटिबंधीय चक्रवात dissipating
VECTOR 48 एचआर मंज़ूर: 250 डीईजी / 06 KTS

विस्तारित आउटलुक:
48 घंटे, वैध:
201800Z — 14.3N 82.9E
030 के.टी., gusts 040 के.टी. – अधिकतम निरंतर हवाओं
केवल खुले पानी पर हवा वैध radii
के रूप में पानी के ऊपर एक महत्वपूर्ण उष्णकटिबंधीय चक्रवात व्यस्त

15.4N 86.6E के निकट 182100Z स्थिति.
उष्णकटिबंधीय चक्रवात 03B (टीसी) स्थित लगभग 400 समुद्री मील दूर पूर्व –
चेन्नई, भारत के पूर्वोत्तर SOUTHWESTWARD 07 समुद्री मील में लगाया गया
पिछले छह घंटे से अधिक. हाल ही में ANIMATED अवरक्त उपग्रह इमेजरी
(आईआर) एक पूरी तरह से एक कमी गहरी केन्द्रीय संवहन दिखाने के लिए जारी
अवगत कराया, लेकिन अच्छी तरह से परिभाषित निम्न स्तर वितरण केंद्र (LLCC).
ANIMATED एक 181510Z AMSU के साथ कुल अवक्षेपणीय जल कल्पना
छवि दिखाने के लिए शुष्क हवा के केंद्र की ओर लपेटो जारी
प्रणाली. 181714Z से SCATTEROMETER आंकड़े कुछ अलग 35 गाँठ दिखाया
LLCC NEAR हवाओं और 20 से 25 गाँठ हवाओं का एक व्यापक क्षेत्र कार्यभार
उत्तरी अर्द्धवृत्त. ऊपरी स्तर पर विश्लेषण दर्शाता टीसी 03B
के एक क्षेत्र में एक subtropical (STR) RIDGE अक्ष के उत्तर में स्थित
मजबूत (20-30 समुद्री मील) ऊर्ध्वाधर हवा कतरनी (VWS). की कमी के कारण
संवहन STRONG कतरनी के साथ जुड़े, Dvorak तीव्रता
अनुमान वर्तमान तीव्रता, जो पर आधारित है से कम रहते हैं
SCATTEROMETER डेटा और तंग रैपिंग के साथ संगत है
LLCC में मनाया. गतिशील मॉडल मार्गदर्शन में रहता है एक तंग
एक ट्रैक पश्चिम SOUTHWESTWARD के साथ समूह. टीसी 03B forecasted
तीव्रता अगले 36 घंटे के लिए एक स्थिर राज्य के पूर्वानुमान में रहता है,
48 ताऊ द्वारा लंपटता के साथ उच्च VWS के रूप में इस प्रणाली को succumbs
और शुष्क हवा entrainment. लगातार मॉडल मार्गदर्शन पर आधारित है,
वहाँ पूर्वानुमान ट्रैक में उच्च आत्मविश्वास है. महत्वपूर्ण MAXIMUM
181800Z में लहर की ऊंचाई 12 फीट है. 190300Z पर अगले चेतावनी,
190900Z, 191500Z और 192100Z / /


WTIO31 182100 PGTW
MSGID / / GENADMIN સંયુક્ત ટાયફૂન WRNCEN પર્લ હાર્બર HI / /
/ વિષય ઉષ્ણકટિબંધીય ચક્રવાત 03B (ત્રણ) ચેતવણી 005 / / NR
1. ઉષ્ણકટિબંધીય ચક્રવાત (ત્રણ) 03B ચેતવણી 005 NR
01 NORTHIO સક્રિય ઉષ્ણકટિબંધીય ચક્રવાત
મેક્સ એક મિનિટ સરેરાશ પર આધારિત WINDS ટકી
ખુલ્લા જળ પર પવન માન્ય RADII માત્ર

ચેતવણી સ્થિતિ:
181800Z — પાસેની 86.9E 15.4N
ચળવળ છેલ્લા છ કલાક – 07 KTS એટી 235 ડિગ્રી
060 એનએમ અંદર સચોટ POSITION
POSITION સેટેલાઈટ દ્વારા સ્થિત થયેલ CENTER પર ગણાંયેલ
035 KT, GUSTS 045 KT – મેક્સ WINDS ટકી
ખુલ્લા જળ પર પવન માન્ય RADII માત્ર

12 કલાક, એક માન્ય:
190600Z — 85.9E 15.2N
035 KT, GUSTS 045 KT – મેક્સ WINDS ટકી
ખુલ્લા જળ પર પવન માન્ય RADII માત્ર
24 એચઆર POSIT માટે વેક્ટર: 260/05 DEG KTS

24 કલાક, એક માન્ય:
191800Z — 84.9E 15.0N
035 KT, GUSTS 045 KT – મેક્સ WINDS ટકી
ખુલ્લા જળ પર પવન માન્ય RADII માત્ર
36 એચઆર POSIT માટે વેક્ટર: 250 DEG / KTS 05

માન્ય એટી 36 કલાક,
200600Z — 84.0E 14.7N
035 KT, GUSTS 045 KT – મેક્સ WINDS ટકી
ખુલ્લા જળ પર પવન માન્ય RADII માત્ર
WATER નોંધપાત્ર ઉષ્ણકટિબંધીય ચક્રવાત તરીકે DISSIPATING
48 એચઆર POSIT માટે વેક્ટર: 250 DEG 06 / KTS

EXTENDED આઉટલૂકની:
48 કલાક, એક માન્ય:
201800Z — 82.9E 14.3N
030 KT, GUSTS 040 KT – મેક્સ ટકી WINDS
ખુલ્લા જળ પર પવન માન્ય RADII માત્ર
WATER નોંધપાત્ર ઉષ્ણકટિબંધીય ચક્રવાત તરીકે દુરાચારી

15.4N 86.6E પાસેની 182100Z સ્થાન.
ઉષ્ણકટિબંધીય ચક્રવાત 03B (ટીસી) સ્થિત આશરે 400 એનએમ EAST-
ચેન્નાઇ, ભારત NORTHEAST SOUTHWESTWARD 07 નોટ્સ એટી ટ્રેક હોય
છેલ્લા છ કલાકથી વધારે સમય માટે. તાજેતરમાં એનિમેટેડ ઇન્ફ્રારેડ ઉપગ્રહ કલ્પના
(IR) ને સંપૂર્ણપણે બોલ અભાવ ડીપ CENTRAL સંવહન બતાવો ચાલુ રહે
ખુલ્લી પરંતુ સારી રીતે વ્યાખ્યાયિત કરે નીચું સ્તર પરિભ્રમણ CENTER (LLCC).
એનિમેટેડ કુલ એક 181510Z AMSU સાથે PRECIPITABLE WATER છબી
છબી દર્શાવો DRY હવા કેન્દ્ર તરફ લપેટી ચાલુ રહે
SYSTEM. 181714Z FROM SCATTEROMETER માહિતી કેટલાક એકલતા 35 ગાંઠ બતાવી
આ LLCC પાસેની પવન અને 20 થી 25 ગાંઠ WINDS વ્યાપક બોલ REGION
ઉત્તર અર્ધવૃત્ત. ઉપલા સ્તરના એનાલિસિસ સૂચવે ટીસી 03B છે
વિસ્તાર માં એક ઉષ્ણકટિબંધીય (STR) RIDGE AXIS ઉત્તરે સ્થિત થયેલ
સશક્ત (20-30 નોટ્સ) ઊભું પવનના (VWS). ની અભાવે
મજબૂત દબાણમાં સંલગ્ન સંવહન, ડ્વોરેક તીવ્રતા
અંદાજ વર્તમાન તીવ્રતા, કે જે પર આધારિત છે તેના કરતાં ઓછી રહે છે
SCATTEROMETER ડેટા અને ચુસ્ત વીંટવાનું સાથે સાતત્ય ધરાવે છે
આ LLCC એટી જણાયું હતું. DYNAMIC મોડલ GUIDANCE સજ્જડ રહે
એક ટ્રેક WEST-SOUTHWESTWARD સાથે જૂથ બનાવવાનું. ટીસી 03B અનુમાનિત અંદાજ કે આગાહી છે
તીવ્રતા આગળ જુઓ 36 કલાક માટે એક સ્થિર સ્થિતિ આગાહી રહે,
48 ટૌ દ્વારા ભોગવિલાસ સાથે સિસ્ટમ HIGH VWS માટે SUCCUMBS
અને બીજી સુકી AIR ENTRAINMENT. સુસંગત મોડલ GUIDANCE પર આધાર રાખીને,
ત્યાં આગાહી TRACK ઉચ્ચ આત્મવિશ્વાસ છે. નોંધપાત્ર MAXIMUM
181800Z એટી વેવ HEIGHT 12 ફુટ છે. 190300Z એટી આગળ ચેતવણીઓ,
190900Z, 191500Z અને 192100Z /. /

21 Nov 2012:

Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC)

No Current Tropical Cyclone Warnings.


Black Elk Oil rig explosion in Gulf of Mexico: 11 injured airlifted to hospital, 2 missing, 9 unhurt – Updated 181112 0200z

The U.S. Coast Guard in New Orleans confirms there was an offshore platform explosion in the Gulf of Mexico that happened around 9:15 a.m. Friday.

It is believed to be off the coast of Grand Isle in Federal Waters.

Capt. Ed Cubanski with the U.S. Coast Guard says contrary to previous reports there have been no confirmed deaths from the explosion.

The platform is a production facility.

There were 22 people on the platform at the time of the explosion.

Two people are reported missing, 11 were initially airlifted to local hospitals, and nine were uninjured during the explosion.

Officials say crews from other oil rigs were helping to evacuate the people on the platform, and hopefully the two missing people are with another crew.

The search for them continues.

A hospital spokesperson says two of the critically injured were airlifted to the Baton Rouge General-Mid City Burn Center from a hospital in Marrero, LA.

Two are still en route to Baton Rouge from the hospital in Marrero, LA via ambulance.

The hospital says the two that are already at the Baton Rouge hospital are in critical condition with major burns. There is no word on the other two victims.

The Coast Guard activated a “command center” in Houma, LA to investigate the incident.

A cleanup crew been dispatched to handle any possible pollution.

Capt. Cubanski says there is an oil sheen that is about one half mile by 200 yards.

A Coast Guard crew out of Morgan City, LA will help lead the investigation into the accident itself. They say it’s still too early to get an exact pinpoint on how the accident will impact the environment.

John Hoffman, the CEO of Black Elk says “It’s very tough. We’re almost like family and when something like this happens, it tears at our hearts.”

Hoffman says their thoughts are with the victims and their families.

“It’s a horrible day but we are going to hold together. First and foremost we have to take care of those who were involved.”

The U.S. Coast Guard says the platform was “shut-in” meaning production had been stopped so crews could perform repairs.

Workers were using a torch to cut a 3-inch line that was 75-feet long when the explosion happened.

There was about 28 gallons of product in that line. The fire is out and there is no oil believed to be leaking into the Gulf of Mexico.

A Congressional source says the Gulf oil rig fire caused by an acetylene torch cutting an oil line.

An official said the platform in question is a shallow water platform located in West Delta Block 32 in the Gulf of Mexico, about 25 miles southeast of Grand Isle, south of New Iberia on the south-central Louisiana coast.

Plaquemines Port Authority was immediately notified by the Coast Guard and are on stand-by in Venice to support the Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard is on the scene with multiple boats and aircrafts.

Three commercial vessels are also on scene. ES&H clean-up has been dispatched to handle any possible pollution.

They have set up their command center in Houma. Black Elk Energy, a Houston-based company, has a platform in that area, but it is unknown if that company owns the one that had the explosion.

Black Elk Energy Offshore Operations, LLC, announced in October that drilling and major rig work on the first of the 23 wells started in November.

The preliminary report says a worker was cutting a pipe that had oil in it and it ignited.

The fire has been extinguished. The preliminary report also states an oil sheen can be seen in the water.

Sources say the structure of the platform is intact with no structural damage from the explosion.

Saturday, 17 November, 2012 at 04:50 UTC RSOE

Coast Guard calls off search for two missing workers after oil rig explosion

Gerald Herbert / AP

In this aerial photograph, a supply vessel moves near an oil rig damaged by an explosion and fire on Friday in the Gulf of Mexico about 17 miles southeast of Grand Isle, La.

By NBC News staff and wire services

The Coast Guard called off the search for two workers missing after an explosion and fire devastated an oil rig off Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico. Three helicopter crews, a Coast Guard cutter and a fixed-wing aircraft crew had searched a 1,400-square-mile area around the platform, which is operated by Houston-based Black Elk Energy, the Coast Guard said in a statement. – NBC

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Official blog of the Met Office news team

We wrote only last week that it seems that it is the time of year again for colourful headlines about an impending big freeze.

We had them at this time last year, which prompted our Chief Executive to write an opinion piece in The Times. Now we have very similar stories again, with the front page of the Daily Express declaring last week ‘Coldest winter freeze on way’ and warning that temperatures are set to plunge as low as -15C and again a week on we have another front page from the Daily Express which declares ‘Coldest winter for 100 years on way‘. with the UK expected to grind to a halt within weeks.

These longer range forecasts for December and January have not come from the Met Office and a look at our current 30 day forecast provides perhaps a more measured assessment of our weather prospects…

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#Tornado in Algarve, #Portugal – video

Cataula GA Weather

While the weather is quite in the states, a tornado ripped through Algarve, Portugal. This person filming got lucky that no debris came through their window. I would suggest you not stand at a window with a tornado coming at you. This could have been the last thing they saw. Enjoy!

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Spain: Heavy rain, waterspouts and flash flooding, in Malaga, Andalucia – 171112 2130z

Heavy rains for the last two days, together with waterspouts on Saturday morning, have caused flooding in Málaga province, with the worse incidences being in the capital city of Málaga.

With the province still recovering from the flooding in September 2012, it has now happened again.

From around 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, emergency calls were coming in for more than 300 incidents, caused by heavy rains and flooding in the province of Málaga.

The Andalucian government delegation activated the Emergency Flood Plan at level 1.

Most of the emergency calls were from Málaga city, with flooded homes, garages, premises, cellars and road network problems.

Fortunately, so far no injuries or deaths have been reported.

The rise in the level of streams and rivers has caused some flooding in Málaga city, particularly Paseo de Sancha, and in the Casabermeja orchard.

Many branches, trees and other objects are lying in the roads due to the wind and heavy rains.

The problems apparently started with three waterspouts which occurred consecutively.

Several of the main arteries of Málaga city, including Avenida de Andalucía, have been flooded, with trash bins swept away by the waters, and some residents had to use their canoes to move in areas such as the Pedregalejo promenade.

The Cerrado de Calderón traffic tunnel, part of the ring road of Málaga, was temporarily cut by landslides this morning in the direction of Cadiz but has already been reopened.

The Guadalmedina River, which runs through the center of the city is usually dry, but today was awash with water.

Saturday, 17 November, 2012 at 18:11 UTC RSOE

Buses crash in Kogni, Ghana: 31 killed, 17 injured – 171112 2040z


The death toll of the bus crash that occurred at Kogni, close to Tamale on Friday night has risen to 31, Dr Ken Sagoe, Chief Executive Officer of the Tamale Teaching Hospital (TTH) has said.

Buses crash in Kogni, Ghana
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He said 29 of the victims lost their lives on the spot while two died later at the Tamale Teaching Hospital.

The dead included the drivers of both buses. Dr Sagoe made these known when he briefed the Northern Regional Minister, Mr. Moses Bukari Mabengba on Saturday morning during the Minister’s visit to the facility to console the victims and to mourn with the families of the departed souls.

Dr. Sagoe said the hospital had called all the doctors and nurses of the hospital in an emergency to take care of the victims and that they had been able to sustain the lives of many of the injured.

He announced that as at that time one person was in Intensive Care Unit, nine of the victims at the surgical ward, 7 at the casualty unit, while 17 others were in stable condition, adding that ‘among the accident victims was a couple working in the hospital who recently wedded and a nurse.

Mr. Mabengba who was visibly traumatized by the incident called on stakeholders such as the National Road Safety Commission and the Police Motor Transport and Traffick Unit (MTTU) to step up measures to curb the spate of car crashes that had been occurring in the country because they were becoming too much.

He also encouraged passengers not to allow careless drivers to kill them but to tell the driver to do the right thing during journeys in order to save their own lives.

Saturday, 17 November, 2012 at 17:31 (05:31 PM) UTC RSOE

“At the time of filing this report, many families were gathered at the morgues of the TTH to identify their dead relatives.

It will be recalled that a fatal car crash occurred on Friday night at Kogni on the Tamale – Bolgatanga highway involving a Metro Mass Transit bus with registration number AW238Z and a Benz bus with registration number WR2712C.

The Metro Mass Transit (MMT) was travelling towards Bolgatanga direction from Kumasi while the Benz bus was travelling from Bolgatanga to Tamale.” – GNA


Severe Weather in Portugal: Possible tornado injures dozens with huge damage – 171112 1950z

“The National Authority for Civil Protection (ANPC) confirm the occurrence of two phenomena very strong winds, but can not yet characterize these phenomena, which have caused dozens of wounded, some of them severe.

The ANPC explained to CM Journal that between 13h00 and 13h30 on Friday strong winds ravaged Silves and Lagoa causing dozens of wounded, some in critical condition.

The damages are huge in dozens of vehicles, registering falling trees, shingles flew, fallen walls and damages inside homes.

The wind afected a campers field in Silves, near the municipal swimming pools. Some of the caravans had affected people inside who were injured.

The coverage of countertops Football Stadium of Silves flew with the wind strength.

In Lagoa in several buildings housing the wind broke the windows and destroyed the interior of the houses.

Through the streets sees overturned cars, fallen trees, roofs raised, in a scene of destruction.

Authorities are still on the ground, to take stock of possible destruction, and therefore not yet possible to come up with a concrete number of injured and the severity of these injuries.”

Friday, 16 November, 2012 at 17:37 (05:37 PM) UTC RSOE

Iran: Helicopter carrying victims of car accident to hospital crashes, killing all 10 people on board – 141112 1600z

A helicopter carrying victims of a car accident to a hospital in northeastern Iran crashed on Wednesday and all 10 people on board died, state TV said.

A helicopter carrying victims of a car accident to a hospital in northeastern Iran crashed on Wednesday and all 10 people on board died, state TV said.

The helicopter was en route to the northeastern city of Mashhad when it went down, according to Mohammad Reza Vafainejad, a local official.

Vafainejad was quoted by the semiofficial Mehr news agency as saying that the helicopter was flying at low altitude due to bad weather and hit a power cable on the way.

Earlier, the semiofficial Fars news agency said nine were killed and one person was injured in the crash.

State TV said the injured man succumbed to his wounds after being taken to hospital.

Iran has a history of frequent air accidents blamed on its aging aircraft and poor maintenance.

Wednesday, 14 November, 2012 at 14:10 (02:10 PM) UTC RSOE