UK: Searchers for missing trawler Z85 Morgenster in English Channel find bodies – Published 290115 1900z (GMT/UTC)

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Friday, 30 January 2015
The Search and Rescue operation looking for the missing fishing vessel which had been fishing in the Dover Strait is being co-ordinated by the French coast guard as it is now in their territorial waters.

Dover Coastguard was initially alerted to the missing vessel on the afternoon of 28th January.

The search is now concentrated on an area four miles from the French coast. Any further involvement of the UK authorities will be at the request of the French coast guard.

Thursday, 29 January 2015
The search continues this morning for a missing fishing vessel which had been fishing in the Dover Strait.
Dover Coastguard was alerted to the disappearance yesterday afternoon. Four crew were known to be onboard.
An RAF helicopter is searching the area along with a French maritime aircraft. Two all-weather lifeboats from Dungeness and Dover are on the scene.
A number of Belgian and Dutch fishing vessels remain on the scene in the area, looking out for any sign of their missing colleagues.
The weather conditions on scene remain challenging.


LifeboatsDungeness and Dover RNLI lifeboats search for missing Belgian fishing trawler

The volunteer lifeboat crews of two Kent RNLI lifeboat stations launched yesterday evening (Wednesday 28 January) to help search for a Belgian fishing trawler in the English Channel.

Dungeness all-weather lifeboat launched at 5.08pm after being tasked by Solent Coastguard to search for the 40m vessel which lost all communication earlier the same day at 1.30pm.

The Belgian-registered trawler, carrying a crew of four people, was situated 10 miles south of Dungeness when all contact was lost.

Hours after the Dungeness RNLI crew launched, Dover Coastguard requested the launch of Dover RNLI lifeboat to assist in the search. The crew launched their all-weather lifeboat just after 7pm.

Also involved in the search were coastguard helicopters Rescue 104 and Rescue 125. It is also understood several other fishing trawlers were assisting with the search.

Chris Ubee, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Dungeness RNLI, said the weather and sea conditions for his crew of five volunteers were challenging at first, but later subsided. He said: ‘In the afternoon there was some strong gusting winds and the sea was very lumpy. That did later calm slightly and by 10pm the crew were searching beneath clear skies, with a moderate breeze and moderate to rough seas.’

However, for the Dover lifeboat crew conditions were set to worsen through the night, with a warning of severe gales expected after 11pmon Wednesday. Billy Hollis, Deputy Launching Authority for Dover RNLI said: ‘Our crew of eight volunteers were tasked to search an area known as Varn Bank, south of Dover.

‘Throughout the evening we were operating approximately eight miles away from where Dungeness lifeboat were searching, which gives an idea of the sizeable search area

’Throughout the evening we were operating approximately eight miles away from where Dungeness lifeboat were searching, which gives an idea of the sizeable search area.’

At midnight, both Dungeness and DOver RNLI lifeboats were still searching for any sign of the missing trawler. The RNLI’s all-weather lifeboats are equipped to search up to 100 nautical miles out to sea. At the speeds they were travelling, it was estimated the lifeboats could search for several days without needing to refuel.

  • Update 7am, Thursday 29 January. Hastings RNLI lifeboat crew were asked to join he search at 12.15am today (Thursday). Dungeness RNLI lifeboat crew were stood down at 12.50am. And at 4.45am, both Dover and Hastings RNLI lifeboats returned to their stations when the search was suspended, possibly to recommence at first light

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BBC   29 January 2015 Last updated at 17:04

Missing trawler rescue teams find bodies in English Channel

The vessel believed to be missing off Dungeness

The vessel went missing in rough seas and strong winds

Rescuers searching for a Belgian trawler missing in the English Channel with four people on board have recovered two bodies from the sea.

The search for the fishing boat began on Wednesday afternoon when it vanished in rough seas and gale force winds.

The RNLI said the bodies, which were found in the sea off Boulogne, had been recovered back to the French port.

A life jacket and wooden debris were spotted by a French fixed wing aircraft north-west of Boulogne earlier.

Those on board the Z85 Morgenster are believed to be Dutch, Portuguese and Belgian.

A coastguard helicopter, two Kent lifeboats and a French search and rescue helicopter carried out the first search for the trawler, which had been fishing in the Dover Strait.

A number of Belgian and Dutch fishing vessels have also been in the area looking for any signs of the missing vessel.

Europe: Severe weather inc tornadoes forecast for E France and S Germany (Estofex) – Published 250814 2215z (GMT/UTC)

European forecaster Estofex issues level 2 Storm Forecast for E France and S Germany…..

Storm Forecast

Forecast provided by ESTOFEX

Storm Forecast
Valid: Tue 26 Aug 2014 06:00 to Wed 27 Aug 2014 06:00 UTC
Issued: Mon 25 Aug 2014 21:17
Forecaster: SCHLENCZEK

A level 2 was issued for E France and S Germany mainly for tornadoes and severe wind gusts.

A level 1 was issued for NE/E France, Belgium, Luxembourg, S-central Germany and W Czech mainly for severe wind gusts and to a lesser extent for tornadoes.

A level 1 was issued for S UK for a chance of tornadoes.

A level 1 was issued for parts of the North Sea and Baltic Sea for spout-type tornadoes.


… SE UK, NE / E France, SW / central Germany …

A dissipating low pressure system over the British Isles which continues eastwards advects warm and unstable air into W / central Europe. A few hundred J/kg of SBCAPE are forecast consistently in the warm sector by the past runs of GFS and ECMWF, at least partly overlapping with 15 – 25 m/s of 0-6 km bulk shear. T/Td is forecast around 20/16 °C for SW Germany which leads to low LCL heights. Convection should fire up in the late morning / early afternoon hours even though there is some subsidence over the central parts of Germany from the upper ridge. Combined with enhanced LL shear and SRH1, this may allow a few tornadoes. Further north, LL shear is weaker but the background wind field should be intense enough to support isolated severe wind gusts mainly from downward transfer of momentum. Local heavy precipitation is possible but fast storm motion should preclude a risk of flooding in most cases.

Over UK, there is very weak LL shear forecast in the afternoon hours but a weak background flow should support some spout-type tornadoes.

… N Germany, Denmark, N Poland, S Scandinavia and Baltic Sea region…

Sufficient buoyancy and weak background winds enhance the chance for long-lasting convergent flow in the vicinity of convective storms and may lead to funnels which could end up in spout-type tornadoes. The greatest chance for landspouts / waterspouts exists around Denmark and N Poland. Further north, deep layer shear is also quite weak but the stronger background flow will likely disturb the formation of funnels / tornadoes.

Some regions with locally enhanced LL shear exist over Finland but overall instability is likely too low to support a tornado threat covered by a LVL1.

… NW Italy and Mediterranean Sea…

A plume of unstable air is advected from the Balearic Islands towards Italy. It will likely remain strongly capped but in case of convective initiation, isolated storms may profit from 20 – 25 m/s of 0-6 km bulk shear and could develop mesocyclones. Overall threat is likely too marginal for a threat level as the capping inversion is likely too strong for storm development.


Do not use any information on this site for life or death decisions. All information is intended as supplementary to official sources. Kindly refer to your country’s official weather agency/government website for local warnings, advisories and bulletins.

France: Tornado kills 2 campers in Ardèche and Gard. 16 injured across Rhone-Alpes – Published 210714 1920z (UTC)

Two campers died when a tornado ripped through neighbouring campsites in Ardèche and Gard yesterday, on a weekend that saw much of France battered by storms.

A 50-year-old camper was killed when the tornado touched down at a campsite in Saint-Just d’Ardèche, causing trees to fall on dozens of tents. And a 46-year-old woman was fatally injured when the same tornado felled a tree at a site in Saint-Paulet-de-Caisson.

A total 40 campers were evacuated as the twister damaged a number of trees. The twin tragedies in Ardèche and Gard were caused as storms that swept across France passed through Cévennes and Nimes before returning to the Rhône Gard.

Elsewhere, hailstones the size of golf balls left 10 people injured and forced organisers to call a halt to a planned concert by Vanessa Paradis at the Grand Souk festival in Riberac, Dordogne, on Saturday.

Meanwhile, 1,000 jazz fans had to be evacuated from a festival concert in Saint-Emilion. Planned events on Sunday were also cancelled as volunteers cleared up after the storm.

Six scouts from Oise were taken to hospital in Gironde, on Saturday, after suffering lightning burns while on a camping trip in Saint-Simon de Pellouaille. Across Aquitaine, 8,500 households were left without power as storms swept through the region on Saturday night.

Monday, 21 July, 2014 at 10:05 (10:05 AM) UTC RSOE

Other Reports

The Local

Storms leave two dead on French camp-sites

Published: 20 Jul 2014 21:21 GMT+02:00
Updated: 20 Jul 2014 21:21 GMT+02:00

Storms leave two dead on French campsites

A tornado ripped through a campsite in south-central France leaving one man dead. Photo: Screengrab France 2 TV

The tornado hit a campsite in the town of Saint-Just-d’Ardeche, pulling down trees and destroying caravans and tents on Sunday afternoon.

A 42-year-old Frenchman died when a tree fell on him as the tornado hit. Five others were left injured although their conditions are not believed to be life-threatening.

Captain François Degrange, from the local police told AFP that trees had been brought down over a three to four kilometer radius.

“I have never seen that in my career before,” he said.

In a separate incident a woman was also killed by a falling tree at a campsite at Saint-Paulet-de-Caisson in the neighbouring Gard department.

According to Midi-Libre newspaper a baby was also injured as the storms hit and had to be rushed to hospital.

Hundreds of campers in the region have had to be evacuated.

The storms, which brought the mini-heatwave to an abrupt end, were accompanied by gale force winds and hailstones the size of tennis balls in some regions.

Nine departments in eastern France remained on alert for storms on Sunday evening, while other areas of north eastern France were on alert for heavy rain and floods.

France: Euro-forecaster Estofex issues Mesoscale Discussion – potential for tornadoes – Published 280614 1638z

Mesoscale Discussion

Mesoscale Discussion
Valid: Sat 28 Jun 2014 14:00 to Sat 28 Jun 2014 21:00 UTC
Issued: Sat 28 Jun 2014 14:39
Forecaster: VAN DER VELDE

…France to Southwestern Germany…

A surface low pressure center lies currently (14Z) at the west coast of France (Bordeaux). A large Atlantic upper trough moves into the region and will provide destabilization of the mid and upper levels, which is needed as 12Z soundings still show inversions at 900 and 450 hPa. A stationary frontal zone is well-defined by thermal gradients and a sharp wind shift (NE/S) running from some 100km north of Bordeaux to Stuttgart approximately.

Observed surface mixing ratios in France vary at 13Z between 10.5 and 13 g/kg with potential temperatures ranging between 26 and 32ーC, the higher values over the Massif Central.
Inserting these values into Bordeaux and Nimes 12Z soundings, the cap can be bypassed in some locations and some 1000 J/kg SBCAPE could be obtained, but MLCAPE will be lower and mixed parcels may have some trouble with the cap.

In fact, satellite shows initiation over northern Massif Central oriented SW-NE and along the front in the west (WSW-ENE). The storms will grow in a strong kinematic environment with large but relatively straight hodographs. Observed Bordeaux 600 hPa wind is 60 kts with 40 kts at 900 hPa. This directly translates into a primary threat of severe convective wind gusts, especially as cold pools join into an MCS. Deep layer shear values of 15-20 m/s and SREH of 150 mイ/sイ initially and over 250 mイ/sイ predicted by GFS at 18Z (SW France) support supercells. 0-1 km shear ranges from 10 m/s in the afternoon to over 15 m/s during the evening (GFS). Together with relatively low LCL (descending to <1000 m in the evening) this underlines potential for tornadoes, and supports bow echoes. Large hail will be possible as well, but the upper level inversion represents a mixed phase region without much buoyancy which could be a limiting factor.

After 18Z the mid level cold front comes in from the west and will likely trigger storms in SW France moving upscale to a somewhat parallel-stratiform MCS over the southeastern quarter of France (this will happen beyond the validity time of this MD).

Europe: Very dangerous weather – ESTOFEX Storm Forecast: LEVEL 3! for NW France & BENELUX for very large hail, damaging wind gusts, tornadoes & excessive precipitation – Published 080614 2310z


ESTOFEX Storm Forecast

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Storm Forecast
Valid: Mon 09 Jun 2014 06:00 to Tue 10 Jun 2014 06:00 UTC
Issued: Sun 08 Jun 2014 22:31
Forecaster: PUCIK

A level 3 was issued for NW France and BENELUX for very large hail, damaging wind gusts, tornadoes and excessive precipitation.

A level 2 was issued for much of France and NW Germany mainly for very large hail and damaging wind gusts.

A level 1 was issued for England mainly for severe wind gusts and large hail.

A level 1 was issued for E Germany and Poland mainly for large hail and severe wind gusts.

A level 1 was issued for parts of Russia and Ukraine mainly for large hail and severe wind gusts.


In between of the deep low over the Atlantic and the ridge over Central Europe, strong southerly to southwesterly flow will advect hot airmass characterised by steep mid-level lapse rates from N Africa towards France, Germany and then around the ridge towards Poland. Potentially dangerous situation will evolve over France, BENELUX and NW Germany just ahead of the diffuse, wavy frontal boundary that will remain quasistationary close to French coastline during the most of the day. Another low will slowly dig SE-wards across NW Russia. Moderate to strong NW-ly flow is simulated at its southwestern flank. With prevailing low geopotentials over much of Eastern Europe, so scattered DMC is expected also there, albeit severe threat will be smaller than in case of France / BENELUX.


… France towards BENELUX and NW Germany …

Very dangerous setup will develop over the region by the late afternoon hours. With pronounced overlap of low-level moisture and steep mid-tropospheric lapse rates, models agree on the development of high to extreme CAPE values, with Central France towards BENELUX and NW Germany having the highest odds of seeing 3000 J/kg of MLCAPE by the late evening. As 500 hPa winds between 15 to 25 m/s overlap with backed low-level flow thanks to the presence of the surface trough, strong DLS (20-25 m/s) is forecast. By the late evening, with the enhancement of the low-level wind field with deepening trough, SREH values will increase especially over NW France / BENELUX (with values over 300 m2/s2 possible). Such setup will be very conducive for intense supercells / bow-echoes, capable of very large hail and damaging wind gusts. Towards the evening (beyond 18 UTC), as LLS strengthens, tornadoes will become a threat as well, especially if isolated supercells manage to persist into this time frame.

However, models do not simulate any pronounced QG forcing to rapidly reduce CIN. This will, on one hand, allow for CAPE to build-up steadily towards the late afternoon. On the other hand, it is highly questionable how many storms will initiate and where exactly. There is considerable disagreement by individual models. Overnight / morning convection, along with the outflow boundaries laid by these may be crucial in this setup. Current thinking is, that the foci for late afternoon initiation will be NW France, along the surface convergence zone, with storms spreading into BENELUX. It is likely that these storms will be isolated supercells at first, with subsequent clustering resulting in a fast forward propagating bow-echo. Towards the night, Southern to Central France may see convective initiation, with another possiblity of MCS travelling north towards N France.

Level 3 was introduced for the region, where the highest probability of high storm coverage is forecast and where high density of extremely severe events is most likely. With that in mind, any spot in the Level 2 may see extremely severe storms in these highly favourable conditions, provided storms can initiate.

… England …

Models show that somewhat warmer, moist airmass should advect over E England as the wave in the frontal boundary propagates towards northwest. However, edge of the EML plume should remain to the east, so that MLCAPE values will stay on the order of hundreds of J/kg. As strong flow ovespreads the region, over 25 m/s of DLS is forecast. All models agree on initiation along the lifting warm wave of the boundary. There will be a potential for isolated supercell development, which would be capable of large hail and severe wind gusts. However, lack of steep mid-level lapse rates may limit the hail threat, so that a high-end Lvl 1 instead of Lvl 2 is issued.

… Poland …

As EML is advected around the ridge towards east, overlap with modest low-level moisture will contribute to the development of moderate instability, with MLCAPE values above 1000 J/kg. Vertical wind shear should be moderate, between 10 to 15 m/s of bulk shear in the 0-6 km layer, increasing NEwards to between 14 and 20 m/s. Some strong multicells (or perhaps even brief supercells) may initiate along the ill-defined warm front with attendant threats of large hail and severe wind gusts.

… Russia …

With the progressing cut-off low, a plume of steep lapse rates will be pushed southeastwards, but still, the extreme eastern part of the forecast area may see some stronger multicells capable of large hail and/or severe wind gusts. Wind shear should be weak to moderate, perhaps limiting the supercell threat (and very large hail risk).

Mesoscale Discussion

Mesoscale Discussion
Valid: Mon 09 Jun 2014 10:00 to Tue 10 Jun 2014 15:00 UTC
Issued: Mon 09 Jun 2014 09:48
Forecaster: PUCIK

Abundant DMC activity is already ongoing in the morning hours. Most of this activity is likely elevated with risk for large hail in the environment of steep lapse rates. The first cluster is now situated over Belgium moving towards Netherlands. Second one is located over NW France with similar movement direction. As daytime heating continues ahead of these clusters with easterly to southeasterly moist surface flow (dewpoints between 18 and 20 ーC), this activity may eventually become surface-based, especially at the eastern flank of the systems. That would rapidly increase chances for supercellular convection capable of very large hail and damaging wind gusts.

To the east and south of the ongoing convective systems, diurnal heating along with backing low-level flow is observed. Further backing of the low-level flow is forecast as surface pressure falls over Southern France. Current thinking is that despite this early activity, best conditions will still develop by the late afternoon with high CAPE values and strong DLS.


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France: Severe Weather Warning – Orange Alert for Haute Garonne and Tarn – Published 020414 0730z

Orange Alert for Haute Garonne and Tarn 

Alerte orange pour la Haute Garonne et Tarn

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Regional Bulletin vigilance .
Number: 0204SO01
Issued: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 06:00
by Météo- France Bordeaux
Date and time of the next message: no later than Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 12:00
Type of phenomenon
Early event scheduled Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 13:00
End phenomenon provided Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 20:00
Early follow-up :
No department
Maintenance follow-up :
Haute- Garonne (31) and Tarn (81).
End of follow-up :
No department
Qualification of the phenomenon :
Autan relatively short episode , but requiring special vigilance given gusts expected.
Current situation :
The Southerly wind continues to slowly build since last night , gusts are generally of the order of 70 to 80 km / h but reach 97 km / h in Castres -Mazamet at 5am this morning.
Evolution provided :
By late morning , the wind Southerly wind strengthens significantly . In the afternoon , gusts reaching 100 to 110 km / h in Toulouse and plain on the south of the Tarn. Gusts of 110 to 120 km / h then relate Lauragais and Montagne Noire , especially between 13h and 17h , windiest period of the episode.
Mitigation is expected in late afternoon and evening gusts should gradually become everywhere below 100 km / h.
possible consequences
Wind / Orange
* Cuts electricity and telephone can affect the distribution networks for relatively long durations .
* Roofs and chimneys may be damaged.
* The tree branches may break. Vehicles can be deported.
* Road traffic may be disrupted , especially on secondary roads in forest areas .
* [ The infrastructure operating ski resorts is disturbed. ]
* Some damage can affect the distribution of electricity and telephone .
Behavioral counseling
Wind / Orange
* Limit your movement . Limit your speed in highway driving , especially if you drive a vehicle or hitch sensitive to the effects of wind.
* Do not walk in the woods [ and on the coast ] .
* In town , be alert to possible falling objects .
* Do not work on roofs and touch any electrical son fell to the ground.
* Store or attach objects sensitive to the effects of wind or likely to be damaged.
* Install essential to generators outdoors groups.
See the weather forecast on your department 31 – Haute-Garonne or region

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Bulletin de vigilance Régional.




Emis le : mercredi 02 avril 2014 à 06h00
par : Météo-France Bordeaux
Date et heure du prochain message : au plus tard le mercredi 02 avril 2014 à 12h00

Type de phénomène


Début d’évènement prévu le mercredi 02 avril 2014 à 13h00
Fin de phénomène prévue le mercredi 02 avril 2014 à 20h00


Début de suivi pour :
Aucun département

Maintien de suivi pour :
Haute-Garonne (31) et Tarn (81).

Fin de suivi pour :
Aucun département


Qualification du phénomène :
Épisode d’autan relativement bref, mais nécessitant une vigilance particulière compte tenu des rafales prévues.

Faits nouveaux :

Situation actuelle :
L’Autan continue à lentement se renforcer depuis hier soir, les rafales restent généralement de l’ordre de 70 à 80 km/h mais atteignent 97 km/h à Castres-Mazamet à 5h ce matin.

Evolution prévue :
En fin de matinée, le vent d’Autan se renforce nettement. Dans l’après-midi, les rafales atteignent 100 à 110 km/h en plaine toulousaine et sur le sud du Tarn. Des rafales de 110 à 120 km/h concernent alors le Lauragais et la Montagne Noire, notamment entre 13h et 17h, période la plus ventée de l’épisode.
L’atténuation est attendue pour la fin d’après-midi, et en soirée les rafales devraient progressivement devenir partout inférieures à 100 km/h.

Conséquences possibles

* Des coupures d’électricité et de téléphone peuvent affecter les réseaux de distribution pendant des durées relativement importantes.
* Les toitures et les cheminées peuvent être endommagées.
* Des branches d’arbre risquent de se rompre. Les véhicules peuvent être déportés.
* La circulation routière peut être perturbée, en particulier sur le réseau secondaire en zone forestière.
* [Le fonctionnement des infrastructures des stations de ski est perturbé.]
* Quelques dégâts peuvent affecter les réseaux de distribution d’électricité et de téléphone.

Conseils de comportement

* Limitez vos déplacements. Limitez votre vitesse sur route et autoroute, en particulier si vous conduisez un véhicule ou attelage sensible aux effets du vent.
* Ne vous promenez pas en forêt [et sur le littoral].
* En ville, soyez vigilants face aux chutes possibles d’objets divers.
* N’intervenez pas sur les toitures et ne touchez en aucun cas à des fils électriques tombés au sol.
* Rangez ou fixez les objets sensibles aux effets du vent ou susceptibles d’être endommagés.
* Installez impérativement les groupes électrogènes à l’extérieur des bâtiments.

France: The work of the PGHM Mont Blanc French Mountain Rescue (Videos in French) Le travail du sauvetage en montagne PGHM Mont Blanc français (VidĂ©os en français) – 220114 1643

Found on Goaty’s News incoming Facebook feed today….

Alpine Exposures- Jon Griffith Photography:

“An incredibly interesting insight in to the workings of the PGHM with fantastic footage from real rescues. It gives you a real appreciation for the work that this team does. Part 2 is a bit more of a shock as it deals with the Mont Maudit Avalanche and features alot of footage of dead climbers.

Part 1 takes you through the winter months (no deaths) and how the team works etc. Part 2 gives a far deeper and emotional feel to the work that they do and the morbid and often very dangerous situations they find themselves in. Part 2 might be a bit tough for some but I really recommend watching Part 1.

Thanks as always to the PGHM…legends of the valley.”

The videos are in French.

Trouvé sur Nouvelles de Goaty entrant Facebook alimentation aujourd’hui ….
Alpine expositionsJon Griffith Photographie:

Un aperçu incroyablement intéressant pour le fonctionnement de l’PGHM avec des images fantastiques de véritables sauvetages. Cela vous donne une véritable reconnaissance pour le travail que cette équipe fait. Partie 2 est un peu plus d’un choc, car il traite avec le Mont Maudit Avalanche et offre beaucoup de vidéos de grimpeurs morts.

Partie 1 vous emmène à travers les mois d’hiver (aucun décès) et la façon dont l’équipe travaille etc Partie 2 donne une sensation beaucoup plus profond et émotionnel pour le travail qu’ils font et les situations morbides et souvent très dangereuses ils se trouvent po Partie 2 puissance être un peu difficile pour certains, mais je recommande vraiment regarder la partie 1.

Merci comme toujours au PGHM légendes de la vallée.

Les vidéos sont en français.

PGHM:Mont Blanc,French mountain rescue,part 1

(Video credit: forgumpone)

PGHM:Mont Blanc,French mountain rescue,part 2

(Video credit: forgumpone)

The official facebook page of the Peloton de Gendarmerie de Haute Montagne de Chamonix Mont-blanc here:

La page facebook officielle du Peloton de Gendarmerie de Haute Montagne de Chamonix Mont-blanc ici:

Austria/Nazi Germany 1940: How French POWs secretly filmed Oflag 17a prison camp life in WWII – Amazing story – 040114 2330z

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“One of the most extraordinary episodes involving Allied prisoners during World War II was recently remembered in Paris.

They had been defeated in the Battle of France and marched to the furthest reaches of the Reich. In 1940, Oflag 17a must have felt a bleak, unforgiving place for the 5,000 French officers who were now prisoners-of-war.

The Austrian camp, close to the border with Czechoslovakia, was originally built for troops taking part in military exercises.

There were 40 barracks, 20 each side of a central aisle. The land was bound by two lines of barbed wire, the perimeter illuminated by floodlights.

Escape seemed almost impossible. Almost…. and it is remarkable that we can see it.

Through some extraordinary ingenuity – and cunning – the men filmed their efforts.

Their rarely seen footage is called Sous Le Manteau (Clandestinely). So professional is it that on first viewing you would be forgiven for thinking it is a post-war reconstruction.

French prisoner filming Prisoners filmed the camp secretly with a camera inside a hollowed-out dictionary

It is in fact a 30-minute documentary, shot in secret by the prisoners themselves. Risking death, they recorded it on a secret camera built from parts that were smuggled into the camp in sausages.”

More here:

BBC News – How French secretly filmed prison camp life in WWII

Oflag XVII-A, was a German Army World War II prisoner-of-war camp for officers (Offizierlager) located between the villages Edelsbach and Dllersheim, in the district of Zwettl in the Waldviertel region of north-eastern Austria.

More here:

Oflag XVII-A – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Sous Le Manteau (Under The Cloak) French Prisoner of War Documentary

(Video credit: Schedule Hater )

Published on Aug 2, 2013

Amazing footage of French POWs who escape from a German camp. They smuggled in camera parts in sausages and assembled the camera inside a dictionary from the prison library and some shoes. They then film their escape through a tunnel they dug underneath a theatre. This is the actual footage of their escape.


Autriche / Allemagne nazie 1940: Comment les prisonniers de guerre franais film en secret Oflag 17a vie de camp de prisonniers dans la Seconde Guerre mondiale – histoire tonnante – 040 114 2330

BBC par Christian Fraser BBC Nouvelles , Paris

” L’un des pisodes les plus extraordinaires de prisonniers allis pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale a t rcemment rappel dans Paris .

Ils avaient t vaincus dans la bataille de France et marcha jusqu’aux confins du Reich . En 1940 , l’Oflag 17a doit se sentir un endroit sombre , impitoyable pour les 5000 officiers franais qui taient maintenant prisonniers de guerre .

Le camp autrichien , prs de la frontire avec la Tchcoslovaquie , a t construit l’origine pour les troupes participant des exercices militaires .

Il y avait 40 casernes, 20 de chaque ct d’une alle centrale . Le terrain a t li par deux lignes de barbels , le primtre clair par des projecteurs .

vasion semblait presque impossible . Presque …. et il est remarquable que nous pouvons voir.

Grce un peu d’ingniosit extraordinaire – et la ruse – les hommes films leurs efforts .

Leur squence rarement vu est appel Sous Le Manteau ( clandestinement ) . Est si professionnel il que sur le premier visionnement vous seriez pardonn de penser que c’est une reconstruction d’aprs-guerre .
Franais dtenus prisonnier de tournage ont film le camp en secret avec une camra l’intrieur d’un dictionnaire vid

Il est en fait un documentaire de 30 minutes , tourn en secret par les prisonniers eux-mmes . Risquer la mort , ils ont enregistr sur une camra secrte construit partir de pices qui ont t introduites en contrebande dans le camp dans les saucisses . ”

Plus ici :
BBC Nouvelles – Comment franais secrtement film la vie de camp de prisonniers dans la Seconde Guerre mondiale

Oflag XVII -A , tait un camp de la Seconde Guerre mondiale l’arme allemande de prisonnier de guerre pour les officiers ( Offizierlager ) situ entre les villages Edelsbach et Dllersheim , dans le district de Zwettl dans la rgion de Waldviertel du nord- est de l’Autriche .

Plus ici :
Oflag XVII -A – Wikipedia , l’encyclopdie libre

Prisonniers filmant leur camp de 1940 Ă 1945

(Video credit: Documentaires Histoire)

Published on Apr 28, 2013

Extraits d’un documentaire sur le seul film connu tournĂ par des prisonniers, Ă l’insu de leurs gardiens allemands, durant la 2e guerre mondiale.

Au pĂril de leur vie, une cinquantaine de prisonniers ont filmĂ leur quotidien au sein du camp Oflag 17A, en Autriche, qui comprenait 5000 officiers franĂais.

Les prisonniers essayaient rĂguliĂrement de s’Ăvader mais beaucoup se faisaient reprenndre au bout de quelques jours. La Gestapo venait rĂguliĂrement fouiller le camp afin de dĂcouvrir d’Ăventuels tunnels d’Ăvasion.

Le film “Sous le manteau” est sorti en salle en 1946.

Stormy weather in the Mediterranean

Official blog of the Met Office news team

The central and western Mediterranean will experience very unsettled conditions through the weekend and next week.

Very heavy rain is expected to affect the northeast of Spain, southern France, the Balearic Isles, Corsica, Sardinia, Italy and the Adriatic facing Balkan nations as the very unsettled conditions move slowly east through the region.

Rainfall totals could be as high as 250mm in places, with a risk of up to 200mm in 24 hours. The average rainfall for November in this region is between 50mm and 100mm.

The rain will be associated with thunderstorms which could also produce hailstorms, very strong gusty winds and the possibility of tornadoes in a few places.

In addition to the rain, very strong winds are expected through the central and western Mediterranean, with widespread gales and a risk of storm force winds for a time. This will lead to rough seas that could pose a threat to…

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Europe: ESTOFEX Storm Forecast: Level 2 for NW France, S Germany, Czechia, N Switzerland and N Austria mainly for severe convective wind gusts and tornadoes. Valid until 281013 06:00 UTC – 271013 1000z

Storm Forecast



Storm Forecast
Valid: Sun 27 Oct 2013 06:00 to Mon 28 Oct 2013 06:00 UTC
Issued: Sun 27 Oct 2013 05:14
Forecaster: VAN DER VELDE

A level 2 was issued for northeastern France, southern Germany, Czechia, northern Switzerland and northern Austria mainly for severe convective wind gusts and tornadoes.

A level 1 was issued for parts of France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, as well as Ireland, mainly for severe convective wind gusts and tornadoes.

A level 1 was issued for western France and southern UK for severe convective gust and tornado chances after midnight.


A large depression centered west of Scotland has transported a broad plume of relatively warm low level air deep into Europe. A sharp shortwave trough dramatically visible in IPV fields is racing from western France to eastern Poland during the period. Together with a northwesterly jet axis left exit region, it forces rising air with steepening lapse rates between central France and the Netherlands in the morning, which shifts into Germany during the afternoon and Czechia/Poland in the evening. Thedynamic tropopause(PV)/jet axis intersection region moves just north of the Alps. There is a strong wind field with a corridor over southern Germany with >30 m/s winds in the lowest kilometers.
Late in the night, a side disturbance of the main low arrives in the English Channel region with signs of rapid cyclogenesis en-route to Denmark, producing gale conditions on Monday.



In the first 6 hours of the period, convection and conditions of strong low-level winds and shear 15-20 m/s are present. The jetstream passes over the southern half of Ireland. Expect some convective gusts greater than 25 m/s. An isolated tornado cannot be ruled out as well.

…western France, southern UK…

This region will be affected by two disturbances in 24 hours. At 06Z, unstable air under the influence of the shortwave trough is present as well as 25 m/s mean winds in the low levels, and some 20 m/s 0-1 km shear. Mesoscale convective development is not yet expected to begin, but these conditions combined with low LCL heights can lead to tornadoes, aside from severe wind gusts.
After 00/03Z, the cold front of the second low comes in. It seems to become somewhat convectively active, likely as a forced convective line (there is little CAPE and EL at only -15), this time with 30-40 m/s mean winds in the low levels over NW France capable of producing damaging gusts at the ground. The front bends back over the southern UK with less strong wind field but enhanced shear and instability sufficient for a tornado or two. The 00Z GFS run predicts the low to take a much more northerly and faster course with more stable conditions than the 18Z run.

…northeastern France to southwestern Poland…

Synoptic and mesoscale lifting appears to increase in tyhe GFS model over northern France and enhance CAPE to about 200 J/kg. A linear PV intrusion is likely to shape the convection as a line, although WRF models suggest more cellular/short line segment modes instead. Indeed even in the GFS model there is a large region of deep convergence but no sharp line at the surface. The jet exit region affects most directly the zone immediately north of the Alps. In entire southern Germany more than 20 m/s of 0-1 km shear should exist, which aids tornadogenesis (with >250 m²/s² of 0-3 km SREH also predicted) and bow echoes with strong to very strong gusts during convective storms. The 00Z GFS run predicts the same timing as the 18Z run but with the PV intrusion displaced slightly to the north, as well as more positive rather than negative tilt.

Europe: ESTOFEX Storm Forecast: Level 1 for parts of France, Benelux, Germany, Italy and Iberia valid until 241013 0600Z. Tornadoes, Heavy rain and hail possible – 231013 1348z

Storm Forecast

Storm Forecast
Valid: Wed 23 Oct 2013 06:00 to Thu 24 Oct 2013 06:00 UTC
Issued: Tue 22 Oct 2013 21:15
Forecaster: PUCIK

A level 1 was issued for Central France, BENELUX and Northwestern Germany mainly for tornadoes and severe wind gusts.

A level 1 was issued for Southern France and Northern Italy mainly for excessive precipitation and tornadoes.

A level 1 was issued for Western Iberia mainly for excessive precipitation.


General macrosynoptic pattern will remain more or less the same as during the previous days – a broad southwesterly flow is forecast over much of Western and Central Europe situated between deep trough over the Atlantic and ridge over Eastern Europe. This trough will translate towards northeast, slightly de-amplifying the ridge but no major reconfiguration is expected. Unseasonably warm airmass has spread all the way up to Southern Scandinavia, while a weak CAA is expected behind the insignificant cold front that will move from France towards Germany. Another significant trough will approach the Iberian penninsula towards the Thursday morning hours.


… Central, NE France, BENELUX, NW Germany …

With cooler, moist airmass overspreading the region, low LCLs are forecast. Only moderately steep mid-level lapse rates will very likely limit the instability build-up, so that only few hundreds J/kg of CAPE are expected at best. Strong, unidirectional wind shear is simulated, with much of the shear within the lowest 1 km, yielding LLS values between 10-15 m/s in the region. With the belt of enhanced PV approaching the area, scattered DMC will initiate. In the strong shear regime, low-topped supercells are well possible, capable of severe wind gusts, tornadoes or some mostly sub-severe hail.

… S France, N / NW Italy ….

In the strong southwesterly flow, a belt of steep mid-level lapse rates is forecast to advect over the Mediterranean Sea along with moist low-level airmass. Moist flow experiencing uplift near the coastline or near the Alps will likely initiate widespread DMC – possibly featuring one or more MCS. In case of the training pattern, moist conditions might enhance precipitation efficiency and locally excessive rainfall is expected. Threat will shift from Southern France towards Northern Italy. MCS will likely start building southwards towards the unstable airmass during the Wednesday night hours. Enhanced low level shear near the coastline along with low cloud bases also point at the elevated tornado risk in the region, albeit this threat should be less prominent than the precipitation risk.

… W Iberia …

During the late afternoon / evening hours, tongue of moist and unstable airmass ahead of the trough is expected to initiate widespread DMC near the coastline. With strong low level convergence and enhanced mixing ratios, isolated excessive precipitation event is quite possible. Tornadoes can not be ruled out in this setup with stronger low level shear inland, albeit CAPE here will be likely mostly elevated, thus possibly rendering this shear ineffective.


Severe Weather Warnings for Europe. Orange Alerts for Switzerland, France, Italy and Netherlands

France: ESTOFEX Storm Forecast: Level 1 for parts of France valid until Sun 201013 06:00Z. Isolated tornado events, Heavy rain, large hail possible – 191013 1325z

Storm Forecast

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Storm Forecast
Valid: Sat 19 Oct 2013 06:00 to Sun 20 Oct 2013 06:00 UTC
Issued: Fri 18 Oct 2013 16:17
Forecaster: TUSCHY


A level 1 was issued for parts of C France mainly for isolated large hail, excessive rain and an isolated tornado event.

A level 1 was issued for a small part of S France mainly for isolated large hail and an isolated tornado event.


A flat and transient omega-like pattern has established over Europe. A weakening upper trough over SE Europe remains in place with only a low-end motion to the east. Numerous vortices over the far E-Atlantic steer a warm/humid air mass far to the NE while a stout branch of the polar vortex over N-Norway/Sweden advects a cold airmass to the south. A deep baroclinic zone (e.g. in excess of 20 K difference at 500 hPa between Germany/N-Norway) is the result with an evolving 40 m/s mid-level streak over the Baltic Sea.

This kind of pattern results in a bisection of Europe from the North Sea to Greece. Areas to the east will feel the influx of cool/cold and dry continental air from the N whereas areas to the west see a gradual recovery of moisture, both due to advection of a modified subtropical air mass and a moistening W-Mediterranean air mass. Hence thunderstorm probs. over E/NE Europe remain confined to offshore and coastal areas with isolated/weakly electrified storms. Scattered and stronger storms however occur over far W Europe.


… Ireland and United Kingdom …

Ingredients for thunderstorms will be in place with some iffy signals however. Behind a ENE-ward moving front (already transforming from a cold front into an occlusion from N to S) seasonable BL moisture remains in place. Mid/upper jets also reveal a good placement for some lift in addition to a weak vort.max. crossing the area of interest from SW to NE between 12-18Z. However, forecast soundings show a meager depth of the BL moisture with constant drying above. Therefore onshore turbulent mixing next to some temporal heating lower confidence in adequate CAPE build-up well inland. Coastal areas (SW-ward facing) will see best moisture and at least 300 to 700 J/kg SBCAPE. Some veering in the lowest 2 km AGL is present along the coastal areas with 50-100 J/kg 0-3 km CAPE, so an isolated spout/short-lived tornado is possible. Effective PWs also approach 20 mm, which could lead to some heavy rain and 15-20 m/s 850 hpa flow should ensure gusty winds with stronger convection.

We expanded the lightning areas far offshore. Despite more hostile conditions for electrified storms with this type of air mass, approaching cooler mid-level air should increase the CAPE disperal in the mid-level graupel layer a bit. Hence confidence in more activity compared to yesterday has increased.

We also splayed the eastern part of the 15-% lightning area all the way to Denmark to cover a few elevated thunderstorm events beyond 12Z. This also includes parts of N France . This activity will be non-severe.

… S/C-France …

Odds increase to see an heavy and convectively enhanced rainfall event between Marseille and Montpellier .

A very moist air mass is in place over the far W-Mediterranean with no serious frontal intrusion forecast. Persistent SW-erly mid/upper flow and falling surface pressure to the W/NW should assist in a constant onshore flow and hence better onshore moisture over the area of interest.

However, position and strength of the mid/upper jets are not yet favorable during most of this forecast period but improve after midnight. The same with the LLJ, which showes some strengthening during the overnight hours. Hence, expect mainly onshore convection during daytime hours.

We issued a 50-% lightning area and a level 1 as persistent upslope flow towards the Massif Central could induce a cluster with isolated large hail (20 m/s DLS).

We also don’t want to exclude an isolated tornado event with LCLs below 1 km and enhanced LL shear. Interaction of mid/upper dynamics and aforementioned LLJ could also support a temporal back-building with excessive rain the main risk. Therefore the level 1 was expanded far inland.

Beyond 00Z, environmental conditions improve for a developing coastal cluster with back-building tendencies. With 20-25 m/s DLS and increasing SRH, any coastal storm should become organized and probably supercellular. Large hail and an isolated tornado will be the main hazards.

Current thoughts with late development of that cluster preclude an excessive rainfall – level issuance for now. In case of earlier CI, excessive rain will be added to the current level 1 wording.

French (Translated by Google)

tempête Prvisions

tempête Prvisions
Valable : sam 19 octobre 2013 06h00 à Sun le 20 octobre 2013 06:00 UTC
Publi : Vendredi 18 octobre 2013 16:17
Prvisionniste : TUSCHY

Un niveau 1 a t mis pour une partie de C France principalement pour de la grosse grêle isol, l’excès de pluie et une manifestation de tornades isoles.

Un niveau 1 a t dlivr pour une petite partie de S France principalement pour isol gros grêlons et une manifestation de tornade isol.


Un modèle plat et transitoire omga -like a mis en place en Europe. Un affaiblissement creux en altitude sur l’Europe du Sud reste en place avec seulement un mouvement de bas de gamme à l’est. De nombreux tourbillons plus loin le E- Atlantique dirigent une masse d’air chaud / humide loin au NE tandis qu’une grosse branche du vortex polaire sur N-Norway/Sweden advecte une masse d’air froid vers le sud. Une zone barocline profonde (par exemple au-delà de 20 diffrence de K à 500 hPa entre l’Allemagne / N- Norvège) est le rsultat d’un 40 m / s volutive srie à mi-niveau sur la mer Baltique .
Ce genre de rsultats de motif dans une dichotomie de l’Europe à partir de la mer du Nord à la Grèce. Rgions à l’est se sentiront à l’afflux de froid / froid et sec air continental de la N tandis que les zones à l’ouest voient une reprise progressive de l’humidit , à la fois en raison d’ advection d’une masse d’air subtropical modifi et une masse d’air W -mditerranenne d’humidification . D’où probs orage. sur E / NE Europe de rester confine à des zones extractières et ctières avec isol / tempêtes faiblement lectrifies. pars et plus forts orages se produisent cependant plus loin W Europe.


… L’Irlande et le Royaume-Uni …

Ingrdients pour les orages seront mis en place avec certains signaux iffy cependant . Derrière un front mouvant ENE- Ward ( djà transformer à partir d’un front froid dans une occlusion de N à S) humidit BL de saison reste en place. Jets milieu / haut rvèlent galement un bon placement pour certains ascenseur en plus d’un vort.max faible. traversant la zone d’intrêt du SO vers le NE entre 12 – 18Z . Cependant, les sondages de prvisions montrent une profondeur maigre de l’humidit BL avec schage constante au-dessus . Par consquent onshore mlange turbulent à ct de certains chauffage temporal infrieur confiance suffisante CAPE accumulation et l’intrieur des terres . Les zones ctières (face SW- Ward) verront mieux l’humidit et au moins 300 à 700 J / kg SBCAPE . Certains virant au moins 2 km AGL est prsent le long des zones ctières 50-100 J / kg 0-3 km CAPE , si une tornade bec / courte dure isole est possible. PG efficaces abordent galement 20 mm , ce qui pourrait conduire à une forte pluie et 15-20 m / s 850 hpa dbit devrait assurer des rafales de vent à convection forte.

Nous avons largi les domaines de la foudre loin des ctes . Malgr des conditions plus hostiles pour les tempêtes lectrifies avec ce type de masse d’air , approchant refroidisseur d’air de niveau moyen devrait augmenter le CAPE Disperal dans la couche graupel mi- niveau un peu. D’où la confiance dans plus d’activit par rapport à hier a augment.

Nous avons galement vase de la partie orientale de la 15 – % de la superficie de l’clair tout le chemin au Danemark pour couvrir quelques vnements d’orage levs au-delà de 12Z . Cela inclut galement des parties de N France. Cette activit sera sans gravit .

… S / C- France …

Les chances augmentent de voir un vnement de pluie abondante et convection renforce entre Marseille et Montpellier.

Une masse d’air très humide est en place sur l’extrême W -mditerranen sans grave prvisions intrusion frontal. Persistent SW -rectement mi / dbit suprieur et chute de la pression de surface à l’ W / NW devrait contribuer à un flux constant onshore et l’humidit donc mieux à terre sur la zone d’intrêt . Toutefois, la position et la force des jets milieu / haut ne sont pas encore favorable pendant la majeure partie de cette priode de prvision mais s’amliorent après minuit. La même chose avec le LLJ , qui showes un renforcement pendant les heures de nuit . Par consquent, s’attendre à convection principalement à terre pendant la journe . Nous avons mis un 50 – zone de foudre % et un niveau 1 en coulement ascendant persistant vers le Massif Central pourrait induire un cluster avec de gros grêlons isol ( 20 m / s DLS ) . Nous ne voulons pas exclure un vnement de tornade isol avec LCL en dessous de 1 km et un cisaillement accru LL . Interaction des dynamiques milieu / haut et LLJ susmentionn pourrait galement soutenir un arrière – btiment temporelle avec l’excès de pluie , le risque principal . Par consquent, le niveau 1 a t tendu loin dans les terres .

Au-delà de 00Z , les conditions environnementales s’amliorent pour un cluster ctier en dveloppement avec des tendances arrière – btiment. Avec 20-25 m / s DLS et l’augmentation de la SSR , une tempête ctière doit s’organiser et probablement supercellular . Gros grêlons et une tornade isol seront les principaux dangers. Rflexions en cours avec le dveloppement tardif de ce cluster empêcher un excès de prcipitations – mission de niveau pour l’instant. En cas de CI plus tt , l’excès de pluie sera ajout à l’ actuel libell de niveau 1 .

Syria: Military action – US “ready to go”, UK drawing up plans, recalls Parliament. France ‘Ready To Punish’ – 270813 1700z

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Syria: US Says Military Is Ready For Action

The West edges closer to military action in Syria as the Assad regime insists it will use “all means” to defend itself.

SKY NEWS  3:55pm UK (1455Z GMT/UTC), Tuesday 27 August 2013

“The US defence secretary says his country is “ready to go” if President Barack Obama orders action in Syria, as the UK recalls Parliament over the crisis.

Britain’s Armed Forces are drawing up plans for a potential military intervention in response to an alleged toxic gas attack in Damascus, which is believed to have killed hundreds of civilians.

Rebels in Syria have also handed Western powers a list of suggested targets for a strike, according to a Reuters source.

US defence secretary Chuck Hagel said Mr Obama asked the Pentagon to give him “all options for all contingencies”.

David Cameron Returns Early From Holiday To Deal With The Escalating Syrian Crisis
Mr Cameron says the Syrian attack was “absolutely abhorrent”

“We are prepared. We have moved assets in place to be able to fulfil and comply with whatever option the president wishes to take,” Mr Hagel told the BBC.

US secretary of state John Kerry said there was “undeniable” evidence of a large-scale chemical attack, with intelligence strongly pointing to President Bashar Assad’s government.

And he said the regime would be held accountable.

France’s President Francois Hollande said his country was prepared to “punish” those who gassed innocent people last Wednesday and it seemed certain that forces loyal to Mr Assad were behind the attack.

Prime Minister David Cameron, who is back in London after cutting short his family holiday, says a clear motion on the crisis will be put before MPs on Thursday.

Chuck Hagel
Mr Hagel says the US is “ready to go”

He wrote on Twitter: “Speaker agrees my request to recall Parliament on Thurs. There’ll be a clear Govt motion & vote on UK response to chemical weapons attacks.”

Foreign Secretary William Hague has declined to rule out action, such as targeted air strikes, being launched within days.

But Mr Cameron – who is holding a National Security Council (NSC) meeting on Wednesday – is under pressure to be able to legally justify any intervention.

A build-up of military aircraft at Britain’s base on Cyprus, RAF Akrotiri, suggested that planning had reached a developed stage.

Sky’s Foreign Affairs Editor Tim Marshall said any potential action “would be a punch on the nose for the Assad regime. I don’t think the US is ready for Assad to go because they are frightened of who would take his place.”

But Syria insists it will not submit quietly to an attack.

Syrian foreign minister
Mr Muallem says any foreign strike on his country would be “delusional”

“We have two options: either to surrender, or to defend ourselves with the means at our disposal,” said Syrian foreign minister Walid Muallem.

“The second choice is the best: we will defend ourselves.”

Mr Muallem also claims Tuesday’s UN inspections of alleged chemical attack sites had to be scrapped because of disputes between rebels.

Snipers shot at the UN team on Monday, but the inspectors still managed to collect some “valuable” samples.

RAF Akrotiri
One of Britain’s bases, RAF Akrotiri, is in southern Cyprus

The UN inspections will take place on Wednesday instead, Mr Muallem said.

Syria denies using the chemical weapons and Russia – which supplies arms to Syria and is the regime’s most powerful ally – has backed claims that video footage of victims could be opposition propaganda.

“I challenge those who accuse our forces of using these weapons to come forward with the evidence,” Mr Muallem said.

The Arab League has accused the Syrian regime of carrying out the suspected gas attack and Saudi Arabia has called for “firm and serious” action against the state.

The US postponed a Syrian crisis meeting with Russia that was scheduled for this week because of America’s ongoing review of the attack.

Snipers shot at UN inspectors on Monday

Russia said postponing The Hague meeting was a “serious disappointment”. Moscow also warned that any use of force against Syria would have “catastrophic consequences”.

“We call on our American colleagues and all members of the international community to show prudence, strict observance of international law, and above all, the fundamental principles of the UN Charter,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

And deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin claimed western countries are behaving in the Islamic world like a “monkey with a grenade”.

Russia’s emergencies ministry has told Sky News that it is sending a plane to Syria today to take in humanitarian aid and is planning to bring around 150 of its citizens out.

It is unclear whether Obama would seek authority from the UN or Congress before using force. But it is likely Russia and China would block US efforts to authorise action through the UN Security Council.

Meanwhile, wary investors have exited world markets because of the talk of potential military intervention.

They moved towards safe havens such as gold and bonds while the uncertainty has driven oil prices to a six-month high.” – SKY NEWS


France ‘Ready To Punish’ Syria Over Gas Attack  08/27/13 12:22 PM ET EDT AP

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French President Francois Hollande waves after the weekly cabinet meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris Friday, Aug. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)

“PARIS — French President Francois Hollande said Tuesday that his country is prepared to take action against those responsible for gassing people in Syria.

“France is ready to punish those who took the heinous decision to gas innocents” in Syria last week, Hollande said at a conference with France’s ambassadors. He did not elaborate.

“I have decided to increase our military support to the National Syrian Coalition,” the main Syrian opposition group in exile, he also said.

France, one of Europe’s biggest military powers, has not specified what preparation it is taking for any possible international action against Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime.

But on Monday Hollande said time is running out for the Syrian regime and airstrikes are a possibility. “Everything will come into play this week,” he told Le Parisien newspaper. “There are several options on the table, ranging from strengthening international sanctions to airstrikes to arming the rebels.

Hollande spoke with President Barack Obama on Sunday and told him France, like Britain, would support him in a targeted military intervention, according to the paper.” –

Syria: Breakdown of services increases suffering – International Red Cross/ Red Crescent (ICRC)

26-08-2013 Operational Update

“In violence-stricken areas, the breakdown of essential services is adding to the woes of hundreds of thousands of people.

“This is not a life worth living,” said Bilal, a resident of Rural Damascus. “Together with dozens of other families, we’re crowded into an unfinished building shell without electricity or water. Even if the shelling around us were to stop, there would still be the heat, the flies buzzing over our heads and the stench of the garbage outside.”

Areas plagued by heavy fighting, including Rural Damascus, eastern parts of Aleppo and Deir Ezzor and the governorate of Raqqa, are enduring breakdowns of essential services such as the supply of electricity and water and the collection of garbage.

“Many water stations have been damaged and can no longer supply the communities that depend on them,” said Jean-Marc Burri, in charge of the ICRC’s water and sanitation activities in Syria. “Furthermore, waste management services, including the collection of garbage, have become almost non-existent in some areas where fighting has been taking place, or only continue to be performed through the efforts of the people living there.”

“The failure to remove refuse for lengthy periods of time could have a serious impact on the well-being of entire communities,” he said. “Piles of garbage are ideal breeding grounds for disease and parasites.”

To help ward off any public health catastrophe, the ICRC launched a number of projects aimed at improving overall sanitary conditions. “We’re trying to improve, as far as possible, the conditions in which people affected by the fighting have to live,” said Mr Burri.

Thanks to the joint efforts of the ICRC and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, garbage in Aleppo’s Jisr Al-Haj area was collected and disposed of over the past couple of weeks. In addition, insecticides were sprayed in Aleppo and Idlib to help control parasites. Furthermore, ICRC engineers worked together with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent and local water boards to carry out emergency repairs in areas of heavy fighting to ensure the availability of clean potable water.

Since the beginning of August, in cooperation with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, the ICRC has also:

  • provided local water boards in Rural Damascus, Damascus, Aleppo, Lattakia, Sweida, al-Hassakeh, Deir Ezzor, Tartous, Homs and Idlib with technical expertise, equipment and supplies, including pumps and generators;
  • continued to upgrade water, housing and sanitary facilities at more than 45 public sites in eight governorates where displaced people are living, while completing work at another 14 sites in three governorates.

The ICRC’s health department has:

  • assessed two hospitals in Hama to which it donated surgical supplies for the full treatment of 100 seriously injured patients;
  • provided the Syrian Arab Red Crescent branch in Hama with medical assistance, including chronic disease medication for the treatment of 450 patients;
  • supplied the Syrian Arab Red Crescent with medications for 2,500 children.

The ICRC’s relief department has:

  • supplied food parcels for some 260,000 people in Deir Ezzor, Hama, Aleppo, Rural Damascus, Lattakia, Homs, Idlib and Damascus governorates;
  • provided mattresses and blankets for 60,000 people in Rural Damascus, Homs, Hama, Lattakia, Deir Ezzor and Damascus;
  • supplied kitchen sets (cooking pots, plates, cups and cutlery) for more than 30,000 people in Hama, Homs, Deir Ezzor, Lattakia and Damascus;
  • supplied hygiene items (shampoos, soaps, washing detergents, female hygiene items, etc.) to some 70,000 people in Hama, Homs, Deir Ezzor, Rural Damascus and Lattakia.” – ICRC


Chuck Hagel: U.S. Ready If Order Given to Strike Syria

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Published on Aug 27, 2013

Aug. 27 (Bloomberg) — Bloomberg News’ Julianna Goldman and Contributing Editor Richard Falkenrath discuss comments from U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel that the U.S. military is ready to strike if an order is given by the U.S. government against Syria. They speak on Bloomberg Television’s “In The Loop.”

Syria: US Says Military is Ready For Action – US Ready To Launch Syria Strike

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Military action in Syria: US and allies close to a decision

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Published on Aug 27, 2013

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moualem has announced that the second day of the UN weapons…euronews, the most watched news channel in EuropeSubscribe for your daily dose of international news, curated and explained: is available in 13 other languages:…Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moualem has announced that the second day of the UN weapons inspectors’ probe into alleged chemical weapon strikes in Damascus has been postponed.Moualem told US Secretary of State John Kerry that the government was not obstructing the work but that there had been disagreements among the rebels over security arrangements. Moualem said the army would press on with its military campaign despite the threat of possible foreign strikes. He addeded that any strikes on Syria would serve the interests of Al-Qaeda linked groups. The international community, facing a deadlocked UN Security Council, is looking at other means to legitimise a military strike on Syria. The 15-nation council has been in limbo since the uprising against the Assad regime began in 2011.Both Russia and China have vetoed three resolutions calling for firm action against Damascus.In the UK, Prime Minister David Cameron recalled parliament from its summer break, it will meet on Thursday to discuss the response to the situation in Syria. The US has intervened in conflicts before without UN backing, notably in Kosovo in 1999, and may well do again as President Obama seeks a so-called “coalition of the willing”.Any attacks on Syria backed by Britain, France and Turkey, to name but a few, will anger Moscow – an ally of Assad.The US believes the allegations that Assad used chemical weapons are true, something Syria denies. Speaking in Washington, US Secretary of State John Kerry adopted a tough tone: “The meaning of this attack goes beyond the conflict in Syria itself and that conflict has already brought so much terrible suffering. This is about the large scale indiscriminate use of weapons that the civilised world long ago decided must never be used at all – a conviction shared even by countries that agree on little else.”As the diplomacy continued the bloody conflict went on with death whether by chemical or conventional weapons a daily occurrence.



Syria: Chemical attack inspectors find ‘valuable evidence’ despite coming under sniper fire; UK & US mull military action – 260813 2000z

Arabic (Translated by Google)


سوريا: العمل العسكري الولايات المتحدة “مستعدة للذهاب”، UK وضع الخطط، تشير البرلمان. فرنسا جاهز لمعاقبة‘ – 270813 1700z

سوريا: الولايات المتحدة تقول إن الجيش على استعداد للعمل
الحواف الغربية أقرب إلى عمل عسكري في سوريا كما نظام الأسد تصر على أنها ستستخدم “كل الوسائل” للدفاع عن نفسها.

SKY NEWS 15:55 المملكة المتحدة (GMT 1455Z / UTC) الثلاثاء 27 أغسطس 2013

“يقول وزير الدفاع الأمريكي ان بلاده” مستعدة للذهاب “اذا كان الرئيس باراك أوباما أوامر العمل في سوريا، كما في المملكة المتحدة تشير البرلمان بشأن الازمة.

هي قوات المسلحة البريطانية وضع خطط لتدخل عسكري محتمل ردا على هجوم الغازات السامة المزعومة في دمشق، والذي يعتقد أنه قتل المئات من المدنيين.

وسلمت الثوار في سوريا أيضا القوى الغربية على قائمة الأهداف المقترحة للإضراب، وفقا لمصدر لرويترز.

وقال وزير الدفاع الاميركي تشاك هيغل طلب أوباما البنتاغون أن يعطيه “كل الخيارات لجميع الحالات الطارئة”.
ديفيد كاميرون إرجاع المبكر من عطلة للتعامل مع الأزمة السورية المتصاعدة
يقول كاميرون الهجوم السوري كان “البغيضة على الاطلاق”

“، ونحن مستعدون. لقد انتقلنا الموجودات في المكان المناسب ليكون قادرا على الوفاء والالتزام بها أيا كان الخيار يود الرئيس إلى اتخاذ” قال هاجل لهيئة الاذاعة البريطانية.

قالت وزيرة الخارجية الامريكي جون كيري ان هناك ادلة “لا يمكن إنكارها” من هجوم كيماوي على نطاق واسع، مع المخابرات لافتا بشدة لحكومة الرئيس بشار الأسد.

وقال انه سيتم عقد نظام للمساءلة.

وقال الرئيس الفرنسي فرانسوا هولاند ان بلاده مستعدة “لمعاقبة” أولئك الذين بالغاز الأبرياء يوم الأربعاء الماضي، ويبدو أن بعض القوات الموالية للسيد الأسد كانوا وراء الهجوم.

رئيس الوزراء البريطاني ديفيد كاميرون، الذي عاد في لندن بعد أن قطع عطلة قصيرة عائلته، ويقول سيتم وضع الحركة واضحة بشأن الأزمة قبل النواب يوم الخميس.
تشاك هيغل
يقول هيغل الولايات المتحدة “مستعدة للذهاب”

وقال انه كتب على تويتر: “رئيس يوافق على طلبي أن أذكر البرلمان في الخميس سوف يكون هناك واضحة الحركة والحكومة التصويت على استجابة المملكة المتحدة لهجمات الأسلحة الكيميائية”.

وقد رفض وزير الخارجية وليام هيغ استبعاد العمل، مثل الضربات الجوية استهدفت، التي يتم إطلاقها في غضون أيام.

لكن كاميرون – الذي عقد مجلس الأمن القومي (NSC) اجتماعه يوم الأربعاء – تتعرض لضغوط لتكون قادرة على تبرير قانونيا أي تدخل.

تراكم من طائرات عسكرية في قاعدة بريطانيا على قبرص، RAF أكروتيري، واقترح أن التخطيط قد وصلت إلى مرحلة متطورة.

قال السماء الشؤون الخارجية محرر تيم مارشال أي عمل محتمل “سيكون لكمة على أنفه لنظام الأسد، وأنا لا أعتقد أن الولايات المتحدة مستعدة للاسد ​​للذهاب لأنهم خائفون من الذي سيأخذ مكانه.”

لكن سوريا تصر على أنها لن تقدم بهدوء لهجوم.
وزير الخارجية السوري
يقول السيد المعلم أن أي ضربة الأجنبية على بلاده أن تكون “الوهمية”

“: إما الاستسلام، أو للدفاع عن أنفسنا مع الوسائل التي في حوزتنا لدينا خيارين” قال وزير الخارجية السوري وليد المعلم.

“الخيار الثاني هو الأفضل: سندافع عن أنفسنا.”

يدعي السيد المعلم أيضا كان التفتيش للمواقع المزعومة هجوم كيماوي يوم الثلاثاء ليتم تفكيكها بسبب الخلافات بين المتمردين.

القناصة النار على فريق الامم المتحدة يوم الاثنين، ولكن المفتشين تمكنوا من جمع بعض العينات “قيمة”.
RAF أكروتيري
واحدة من القواعد البريطانية، RAF أكروتيري، هو في جنوب قبرص

وقال السيد المعلم وعمليات التفتيش للامم المتحدة سيعقد يوم الاربعاء بدلا من ذلك.

وتنفي سوريا باستخدام الأسلحة الكيميائية وروسيا – التي تمد الأسلحة إلى سوريا وحليف للنظام أقوى – وأيدت مزاعم بأن لقطات الفيديو من الضحايا يمكن أن يكون دعاية المعارضة.

“، وأنا أتحدى أولئك الذين يتهمون قواتنا من استخدام هذه الأسلحة على المضي قدما مع الأدلة”، وقال السيد المعلم.

واتهمت الجامعة العربية النظام السوري بتنفيذ الهجوم الغاز المشتبه بهم ودعت المملكة العربية السعودية إلى اتخاذ إجراءات “حازمة وجادة” ضد الدولة.

أجلت الولايات المتحدة اجتماعا الأزمة السورية مع روسيا التي كانت مقررة لهذا الاسبوع بسبب الاستعراض أميركا الجارية للهجوم.
SYRIA انتهاء الصراع الأمم المتحدة
القناصة النار على مفتشي الامم المتحدة يوم الاثنين

وقالت روسيا تأجيل اجتماع لاهاي كان “خيبة أمل خطيرة”. حذرت موسكو أيضا أن أي استخدام للقوة ضد سوريا سيكون له “عواقب كارثية”.

“،، ونحن ندعو زملائنا الامريكيين وجميع أعضاء المجتمع الدولي لإظهار الحكمة، والتقيد الصارم للقانون الدولي، وقبل كل شيء المبادئ الأساسية لميثاق الأمم المتحدة” قالت وزارة الخارجية الروسية.

وادعى نائب رئيس الوزراء الروسي ديمتري روجوزين يتصرفون الدول الغربية في العالم الإسلامي مثل “قرد بقنبلة”.

وقال وزارة حالات الطوارئ في روسيا سكاي نيوز أنه تم إرسال طائرة إلى سوريا اليوم لتأخذ في المساعدات الإنسانية وتخطط لجلب حوالي 150 من المواطنين للخروج.

ومن غير الواضح ما إذا كان أوباما سيسعى للحصول على السلطة من الأمم المتحدة أو الكونغرس قبل استخدام القوة. ولكن من المرجح ان روسيا والصين عرقلة جهود الولايات المتحدة أن تأذن بالعمل من خلال مجلس الأمن الدولي.

في هذه الأثناء، خرجت المستثمرين حذرين الأسواق العالمية بسبب الحديث عن تدخل عسكري محتمل.

انتقلوا نحو الملاذات الآمنة مثل الذهب والسندات في حين أن عدم اليقين الذي دفع أسعار النفط الى أعلى مستوى في ستة أشهر “- NEWS SKY

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تحليل: سوريا والأخلاق وشريعة الغاب
سوريا: UK يرسم خطط لعمل عسكري

فرنسا ‘جاهز لمعاقبة “سوريا بسبب هجوم بالغاز 08/27/13 00:22 PM بتوقيت شرق الولايات المتحدة ET AP
فرنسا سوريا
الرئيس الفرنسي فرانسوا هولاند موجات عقب الاجتماع الاسبوعي لمجلس الوزراء في قصر الاليزيه في باريس الجمعة 2 أغسطس، 2013. (ا ف ب الصور / جاك Brinon)

“باريس – قال الرئيس الفرنسي فرانسوا هولاند الثلاثاء ان بلاده على استعداد لاتخاذ إجراءات ضد المسؤولين عن القتل بالغاز الناس في سوريا.

وقال هولاند في مؤتمر مع سفراء فرنسا “فرنسا مستعدة لمعاقبة أولئك الذين اتخذوا القرار البشعة إلى الأبرياء الغاز” في سوريا الاسبوع الماضي. ولم يوضح.

وقال “لقد قررت زيادة الدعم العسكري لدينا للائتلاف الوطني السوري”، وقال أيضا جماعة المعارضة السورية الرئيسية في المنفى.

فرنسا، واحدة من أكبر القوى العسكرية في أوروبا، لم يحدد ما إعداد انها تتخذ أية إجراءات دولية محتملة ضد نظام الرئيس السوري بشار الأسد.

لكن يوم الاثنين قال هولاند الوقت ينفد بالنسبة للنظام السوري والغارات الجوية هي الاحتمال. “، وسوف يأتي كل شيء في اللعب هذا الأسبوع” قال لصحيفة لو باريزيان. وقال “هناك العديد من الخيارات مطروحة على الطاولة، بدءا من تعزيز العقوبات الدولية على الضربات الجوية لتسليح المتمردين.

وتحدث هولاند مع الرئيس باراك أوباما يوم الاحد وقال له فرنسا، مثل بريطانيا، ودعم له في التدخل العسكري المستهدفة، وفقا للصحيفة “-.
سوريا: توزيع الخدمات يزيد من معاناة – الصليب الأحمر / الهلال الأحمر الدولية (ICRC)

26-08-2013 عرض لأنشطة

“العنف في المناطق المنكوبة، وانهيار الخدمات الأساسية وإضافة إلى ويلات مئات الآلاف من الناس.

“هذه ليست حياة تستحق العيش”، وقال بلال، وهو من سكان ريف دمشق. “جنبا إلى جنب مع عشرات من أسر أخرى، ونحن مزدحمة في قذيفة مبنى غير منجز دون كهرباء أو ماء. حتى لو كان القصف من حولنا كانت لوقف، ستظل هناك الحرارة، والذباب يطن فوق رؤوسنا والرائحة الكريهة لل القمامة خارج “.

المناطق التي تعاني من القتال العنيف، بما في ذلك ريف دمشق، الأجزاء الشرقية من حلب ودير الزور ومحافظة الرقة، ويتحمل أعطال الخدمات الأساسية مثل إمدادات الكهرباء والمياه وجمع القمامة.

“، قد تعرضت للتلف العديد من محطات المياه، ويمكن لم يعد تزويد المجتمعات المحلية التي تعتمد عليها” وقال جان مارك بري، المسؤول عن أنشطة الصرف الصحي في سوريا الماء والدولية. “وعلاوة على ذلك، تضيع والخدمات الإدارية، بما في ذلك جمع القمامة، وأصبحت شبه معدومة في بعض المناطق حيث القتال قد تم اتخاذ مكان، أو يستمر فقط ليتم تنفيذها من خلال جهود الناس الذين يعيشون هناك.”

“عدم إزالة النفايات لفترات طويلة من الزمن قد يكون لها تأثير خطير على، رفاهية مجتمعات بأكملها”، قال. “أكوام من القمامة هي أرض خصبة مثالية لمرض والطفيليات.”

للمساعدة في درء أي كارثة الصحة العامة، أطلقت اللجنة الدولية عددا من المشاريع التي تهدف إلى تحسين الظروف الصحية بشكل عام. “نحن نحاول تحسين، إلى أقصى حد ممكن، والظروف التي تسمح للناس المتضررين من القتال يجب أن نعيش”، وقال السيد بري.

وبفضل الجهود المشتركة من اللجنة الدولية والهلال الأحمر العربي السوري، والقمامة في منطقة حلب الجسر الحاج تم جمعها والتخلص منها على مدى الأسبوعين الماضيين. وبالإضافة إلى ذلك، تم رش المبيدات الحشرية في حلب وادلب للمساعدة في السيطرة الطفيليات. وعلاوة على ذلك، عمل مهندسو اللجنة الدولية بالتعاون مع الهلال الأحمر العربي السوري ومجالس المياه المحلية لتنفيذ إصلاحات طارئة في مناطق القتال الثقيلة لضمان توافر مياه الشرب النظيفة.

منذ بداية شهر آب، وذلك بالتعاون مع الهلال الأحمر العربي السوري، قامت اللجنة الدولية أيضا:

قدمت مجالس المياه المحلية في ريف دمشق، دمشق، حلب، اللاذقية، السويداء، الحسكة، دير الزور، طرطوس، حمص وإدلب مع الخبرة التقنية والمعدات واللوازم، بما في ذلك المضخات والمولدات الكهربائية؛
واصلت لرفع مستوى المياه والإسكان والمرافق الصحية في أكثر من 45 موقعا العامة في ثماني محافظات حيث نازح يعيشون، في حين الانتهاء من العمل في مواقع أخرى 14 في ثلاث محافظات.

وزارة الصحة في اللجنة الدولية بما يلي:

تقييم مستشفيين في مدينة حماة التي لتقديم الإمدادات الجراحية لعلاج كامل من 100 مريض بجروح خطيرة؛
وقدم فرع الهلال الأحمر العربي السوري في مدينة حماة مع المساعدة الطبية، بما في ذلك الدواء مرض مزمن لعلاج 450 مريضا؛
تزويد الهلال الأحمر العربي السوري مع الأدوية ل2،500 الأطفال.

قسم اللجنة الدولية الإغاثة بما يلي:

الطرود الغذائية المقدمة لبعض 260،000 شخص في دير الزور وحماة وحلب وريف دمشق واللاذقية وحمص وإدلب ودمشق المحافظات؛
الأفرشة والبطانيات ل60،000 شخص في ريف دمشق وحمص وحماة واللاذقية ودير الزور ودمشق؛
مجموعات مطبخ الموردة (أواني الطبخ والصحون والكؤوس والسكاكين) لأكثر من 30،000 شخص في حماة وحمص ودير الزور واللاذقية ودمشق؛
البنود الموردة النظافة (الشامبو، الصابون، منظفات الغسيل، مستلزمات النظافة أنثى، الخ) لبعض 70،000 شخص في حماة وحمص ودير الزور وريف دمشق واللاذقية “- اللجنة الدولية

تشاك هيغل: جاهز الولايات المتحدة إذا كان ترتيب معين لضرب سوريا

(الائتمان فيديو: ا ف ب)

نشرت يوم 27 أغسطس 2013

27 أغسطس (ا ف ب) – بلومبرغ نيوز ‘جوليانا جولدمان والمساهمة في تحرير ريتشارد وفي رأي مغاير مناقشة تعليق من وزير الدفاع الاميركي تشاك هيغل أن الجيش الأمريكي مستعد للضرب في حال عدم إعطاء أمر من قبل حكومة الولايات المتحدة ضد سوريا. يتكلمون على تلفزيون بلومبرغ في “في حلقة”.

سوريا: الولايات المتحدة تقول إن الجيش هو جاهز للعمل – الولايات المتحدة مستعدة لشن سوريا سترايك

(الائتمان الفيديو: سوريا أخبار اليوم)
العمل العسكري في سوريا: الولايات المتحدة وحلفائها المقربين لقرار

(الائتمان فيديو: يورونيوز)

نشرت يوم 27 أغسطس 2013
أعلن وزير الخارجية السوري وليد المعلم أن اليوم الثاني من الامم المتحدة للاسلحة … يورونيوز، القناة الاخبارية الأكثر مشاهدة في EuropeSubscribe لالجرعة اليومية من أخبار دولية، برعاية وأوضح: متاح في 13 لغات أخرى: أعلن وزير الخارجية وليد المعلم…Syrian أن اليوم الثاني من مفتشي الاسلحة الدوليين ‘ وقال التحقيق في الضربات الأسلحة الكيميائية المزعوم في دمشق تم postponed.Moualem وزيرة الخارجية الامريكية جون كيري ان الحكومة لم عرقلة العمل ولكن أن كانت هناك خلافات بين الثوار حول الترتيبات الأمنية. وقال المعلم ان الجيش قدما في حملتها العسكرية على الرغم من التهديد من الضربات الخارجية ممكن. انه addeded أن أي هجمات على سوريا من شأنه أن يخدم مصالح جماعات مرتبطة بتنظيم القاعدة. المجتمع الدولي، يواجه مجلس الامن الدولي صلت إلى طريق مسدود، وتبحث في وسائل أخرى لإضفاء الشرعية على توجيه ضربة عسكرية لسوريا. وكان المجلس المكون من 15 دولة في طي النسيان منذ بدء الانتفاضة ضد نظام الأسد في 2011.Both روسيا والصين حق النقض ضد ثلاثة قرارات تدعو إلى إجراءات حازمة ضد Damascus.In المملكة المتحدة، أشار رئيس الوزراء ديفيد كاميرون البرلمان من عطلته الصيفية، انه سيجتمع يوم الخميس لمناقشة الرد على الوضع في سوريا. وقد تدخلت الولايات المتحدة في الصراعات قبل بدون تأييد من الامم المتحدة، وخاصة في كوسوفو في عام 1999، ولها أن تفعل جيدا مرة أخرى كما يسعى الرئيس أوباما ما يسمى “تحالف الراغبين”. أي هجمات على سوريا بدعم من بريطانيا وفرنسا وتركيا، إلى سبيل المثال لا الحصر، سوف غضب موسكو – حليف Assad.The الولايات المتحدة تعتقد أن الأسد ادعاءات استخدام الأسلحة الكيميائية صحيحا، وهو ما تنفيه سوريا. يتحدث في واشنطن، اعتمدت وزيرة الخارجية الامريكية جون كيري لهجة صعبة: “معنى هذا الهجوم يتجاوز الصراع في سوريا جلبت نفسها والتي تتعارض بالفعل معاناة رهيبة جدا من ذلك بكثير وهذا هو حول نطاق واسع الاستخدام العشوائي للأسلحة التي العالم المتحضر منذ فترة طويلة قررت يجب ألا تستخدم أبدا على الإطلاق – ذهب قناعة مشتركة حتى من قبل الدول التي توافق على القليل آخر “كما واصلت الدبلوماسية الصراع الدموي على مع الموت سواء عن طريق الأسلحة التقليدية الكيميائية أو حدثا يوميا.


سوريا: مفتشي هجوم كيماوي العثور على ‘أدلة قيمة’ على الرغم من تعرضها لنيران القناصة؛ المملكة المتحدة والولايات المتحدة سيناقشون العمل العسكري – 260813 2000z

Europe: ESOFEX Storm Forecast for #Europe until Thurs 250713 0600Z – 240713 1445z

Storm Forecast

Storm Forecast

Valid: Wed 24 Jul 2013 06:00 to Thu 25 Jul 2013 06:00 UTC
Issued: Wed 24 Jul 2013 06:40
Forecaster: PUCIK

A level 1 was issued for Ireland mainly for severe wind gusts and tornadoes.

A level 1 was issued for Morocco to Algeria mainly for severe wind gusts and large hail.

A level 1 was issued for Eastern BENELUX, Eastern France, Western Germany and Alpine area mainly for excessive precipitation and marginally large hail.

A level 1 was issued for Northeastern Poland, Lithuania and Belarus mainly for excessive precipitation.


At mid and upper troposphere, synoptic-scale pattern will feature one broad cyclonic vortex over the Eastern Atlantic and another one over Western Russia, its trough stretching towards Turkey. In between of these two vortices, an ill-defined ridge will cover parts of Central Europe and Western Scandinavia. Most of Europe will remain under rather weak steering flow, only between 10-15 m/s at 500 hPa. Closer to the surface, weakening frontal system will move from France towards Germany and further eastwards. With broad and shallow low pressure centers over the Atlantic and Russia, front itself will move in a very weak pressure field, featuring some mesoscale lows.

Generally speaking, no pronounced severe weather activity is forecast because of the lack of sufficient CAPE / strong deep layer wind shear overlap. Nevertheless, there are a few areas that deserve closer inspection and those are detailed below.


… Ireland …

Ahead of the short-wave trough rotating around the main cyclonic vortex, warm air advection regime will establish over the region. With rather cool mid-level temperatures it seems that at least marginal CAPE build up is plausible. Weak CAPE might be compensated by quite strong forcing. Enhanced low level shear (locally over 10 m/s in the 0-1 km layer) and SREH is simulated by models in response to the WAA. However, deep layer shear will stay marginal at best, decreasing potential for supercellular convection. All in all, situation looks to be on the low-end Level 1 scale with some stronger multicells possibly capable of isolated severe wind gusts and/or weak tornado.

… Morocco to Algeria …

Deep and dry boundary layer, along with very steep mid-level lapse rates will provide a good background for storms with high cloud bases, lots of potential for evaporational cooling of downdrafts and with most of CAPE realized in the subfreezing temperatures. Despite the vertical wind shear being moderate at best (DLS around 15 m/s), stronger multicells could be well capable of downbursts and large hail.

… Eastern BENELUX, Eastern France, Western Germany, Alpine region …

In the weak steering flow, decaying cold frontal system is forecast to push across the region. Ahead of the front, moister airmass, characterized by mixing ratios of up to 14 g/kg will advect over the region. With only modest mid-level lapse rates, one can not expect very high CAPE values with the likely range being 500-1500 J/kg. The highest values will likely be observed over the southern extent of the area, where lapse rates will be the steepest. However, synoptic-scale “forcing” will likely be most pronounced over the northern part with the passage of a subtle short-wave, as suggested by enhanced potential vorticity fields. DMC initiation should be confined to the frontal area itself and then also with the local convergence zones or outflow boundaries left by the overnight / early morning convection.

Rather weak vertical wind shear will limit the storm organisation, with multicell cluster being the most likely convective mode. Of course, local low pressure centers with backed surface flow might slightly augment the wind shear degree. Rapid clustering of storms along the frontal boundary, weak storm motion and sufficient low-level moisture point to the fact that primary threat should be the excessive precipitation. Still, a marginally severe hail event is not ruled out with some stronger cells, especially over NW Italy and S Germany.

… Belarus, extreme NE Poland, Lithuania …

A confluence in the low-level flow is simulated by the NWP with quite moist low-levels and mixing ratios between 10 and 12 g/kg. Synoptically speaking, WAA advection at the NW sector of the low should easily spark DMC development with the aid of an isentropic lift. Smolensk Tuesday 12 UTC sounding shows moderately moist environment with northeasterly flow. All in all, situation looks to be potent for a few excessive precipitation events with slow moving thunderstorms training along the confluence zone.

” – estofex

France: Floods and torrential rainfall hit Burgundy; Flood danger Haute-Marne this weekend – 040513 2305z

Floods hit eastern France on Friday, forcing rescue workers to evacuate homes in Burgundy and save three people trapped in their car as a river burst its banks. The downpour was expected to continue Saturday in some areas.

The river Ouche’s waters were the highest they have ever been east of the Burgundy city of Dijon on Saturday morning, officials announced, leading to the evacuation of houses in the area. Weather forecaster Meteo France on Saturday lifted its alert for seven departments, including the Jura, the Doubs, Bas-Rhin and Haut-Rhin but kept it for the Cote d’Or and the Yonne in Burgundy and the Haute-Marne, the Vosges and Meurthe-et-Moselle further east. Further south heavy rain has pounded the Rhone-Alpes region since Thursday. On Friday: The equivalent of a month’s rainfall fell in 12 hours in Saone-et-Loire in Burgundy and rescue workers were called out 210 times; About 100 people were moved out of their houses near Pont-et-Massene lake for fear of flooding; Firefighters saved three people trapped in their car as the river Ouche burst its banks; Two streets in Dijon and some communes near the city were evacuated; The Sevenne river damaged roads when it burst its banks; Ferry services in Lyon were suspended because the Saone river was so high they could not pass under bridges. The waters are expected to continue to rise in Haute-Marne this weekend, leading to the danger of floods. Interior Minister Manuel Valls is following the situation in the Cote d’Or “with great attention”, his office announced.

Saturday, 04 May, 2013 at 13:42 (01:42 PM) UTC RSOE

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Floods, torrential rainfall hit eastern France

Article published the Saturday 04 May 2013 – Latest update : Saturday 04 May 2013

Flood waters reach the roof of a building in a village near the eastern town of Troyes

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Floods hit eastern France on Friday, forcing rescue workers to evacuate homes in Burgundy and save three people trapped in their car as a river burst its banks. The downpour was expected to continue Saturday in some areas.

The river Ouches waters were the highest they have ever been east of the Burgundy city of Dijon on Saturday morning, officials announced, leading to the evacuation of houses in the area.

Weather forecaster Mto France on Saturday lifted its alert for seven departments, including the Jura, the Doubs, Bas-Rhin and Haut-Rhin but kept it for the Cte dOr and the Yonne in Burgundy and the Haute-Marne, the Vosges and Meurthe-et-Moselle further east.

Further south heavy rain has pounded the Rhne-Alpes region since Thursday.

On Friday:

  • The equivalent of a months rainfall fell in 12 hours in Sane-et-Loire in Burgundy and rescue workers were called out 210 times;
  • About 100 people were moved out of their houses near Pont-et-Massene lake for fear of flooding;
  • Firefighters saved three people trapped in their car as the river Ouche burst its banks;
  • Two streets in Dijon and some communes near the city were evacuated;
  • The Sevenne river damaged roads when it burst its banks;
  • Ferry services in Lyon were suspended because the Sane river was so high they could not pass under bridges.

The waters are expected to continue to rise in Haute-Marne this weekend, leading to the danger of floods.

Interior Minister Manuel Valls is following the situation in the Cte dOr with great attention, his office announced.


Inondations Est de la France, vendredi, obligeant les secouristes vacuer les maisons en Bourgogne et sauver trois personnes coinces dans leur voiture comme une rivire a dbord. L’averse devrait se poursuivre samedi certains endroits.
Les eaux de la rivire Ouche taient les plus levs qu’ils ne l’ont jamais t l’est de la ville de Dijon Bourgogne, le samedi matin, les autorits ont annonc, conduisant l’vacuation des maisons dans la rgion. Mto prvisionniste de Mto France, le samedi a lev son alerte pour sept dpartements, notamment le Jura, le Doubs, Bas-Rhin et du Haut-Rhin, mais gard pour la Cte d’Or et l’Yonne en Bourgogne et la Haute-Marne, les Vosges et Meurthe-et-Moselle l’est. De fortes pluies, plus au sud a pilonn la rgion Rhne-Alpes depuis jeudi. Le vendredi: L’quivalent des prcipitations d’un mois est tomb en 12 heures en Sane-et-Loire en Bourgogne et secouristes ont t appels 210 fois, environ 100 personnes ont t dplaces de leurs maisons prs du lac de Pont-et-Massne par crainte d’inondations ; Les pompiers ont sauv deux personnes coinces dans leur voiture comme la rivire Ouche sorti de son lit, deux rues de Dijon et quelques communes prs de la ville ont t vacus; La rivire Sevenne endommag les routes quand il sortit de son lit; services de ferry Lyon ont t suspendues en raison de la Sane la rivire tait si grande qu’ils ne pouvaient pas passer sous les ponts. Les eaux devraient continuer augmenter en Haute-Marne ce week-end, ce qui conduit au danger des inondations. Ministre de l’Intrieur Manuel Valls suit la situation en Cte d’Or “avec une grande attention”, a annonc son bureau.

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Les eaux de crue atteignent le toit d’un btiment dans un village prs de la ville orientale de Troyes
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Inondations Est de la France, vendredi, obligeant les secouristes vacuer les maisons en Bourgogne et sauver trois personnes coinces dans leur voiture comme une rivire a dbord. L’averse devrait se poursuivre samedi certains endroits.

Les eaux de la rivire Ouche taient les plus levs qu’ils ne l’ont jamais t l’est de la ville de Dijon Bourgogne, le samedi matin, les autorits ont annonc, conduisant l’vacuation des maisons dans la rgion.

Mto prvisionniste de Mto France, le samedi a lev son alerte pour sept dpartements, notamment le Jura, le Doubs, Bas-Rhin et du Haut-Rhin, mais gard pour la Cte d’Or et l’Yonne en Bourgogne et la Haute-Marne, les Vosges et Meurthe-et-Moselle l’est.

De fortes pluies, plus au sud a pilonn la rgion Rhne-Alpes depuis jeudi.

Le vendredi:

L’quivalent des prcipitations d’un mois est tomb en 12 heures en Sane-et-Loire en Bourgogne et secouristes ont t appels 210 fois;
Environ 100 personnes ont t dplaces de leurs maisons prs du lac de Pont-et-Massne par crainte d’inondations;
Les pompiers ont sauv deux personnes prises au pige dans leur voiture comme la rivire Ouche sorti de son lit;
Deux rues de Dijon et quelques communes prs de la ville ont t vacus;
La rivire Sevenne endommag les routes quand il sortit de son lit;
Les services de ferry Lyon ont t suspendues en raison de la Sane tait si grande qu’ils ne pouvaient pas passer sous les ponts.

Les eaux devraient continuer augmenter en Haute-Marne ce week-end, ce qui conduit au danger des inondations.

Ministre de l’Intrieur Manuel Valls suit la situation en Cte d’Or “avec une grande attention”, a annonc son bureau.

France: Regional train (TER) collides with construction vehicle at level crossing near Marseille, 31 injured – 170413 1455z

A regional train collided with a construction vehicle at a level crossing near Marseille on Tuesday leaving 31 people injured, one of them seriously.

The accident occurred at around 8.40 am on a stretch of line between Miramas and Marseille centre, in the northern 16th arrondissement of the Meditterranean city, according to train operator SNCF. According to initial reports the train collided with a crane on top of the vehicle, which caused the crane to collapse and embed itself into one of the train’s carriages. The driver of the train managed to escape unhurt but was left in shock, French media reported. The truck-driver, aged in his 40s, was more seriously injured and evacuated to a nearby hospital, where he is not reported to be in a life-threatening condition, according to regional daily La Provence.

Of the 75 passengers on board, 31 were injured, with the vast majority suffering bruises and shock from the sudden impact of the crash. They were transported by bus and other non-emergency means to a local hospital, according to reports by La Provence and French television TF1. One passenger described two impacts – one from the initial collision between the train and construction vehicle, and a second from the collapsed crane entering the train’s first carriage. “One woman found herself with the crane practically at her knees. She thought she was going to die,” the passenger was quoted as saying by La Provence. Another testified to the frightening ordeal. “Some people were crying, and others were in shock. I was on a fold-up seat, so [upon impact] I slumped to the ground, and hurt my wrists.”

Speculation over the cause of the accident continued on Tuesday afternoon, with the RFF rail company (Reseau ferre de France) claiming that at the time of the crash, traffic signals at the level crossing were working properly. The company also claimed that barriers at the crossing were fully functional, and that the train tracks had recently been changed, according to TF1. The local police’s criminal and safety division is pursuing the possibility that the driver of the truck was on the phone at the time of the collision, after allegedly finding his mobile phone close to the scene of the crash, according to La Provence.
Wednesday, 17 April, 2013 at 03:25 (03:25 AM) UTC RSOE


Train rgional (TER) en collision avec un vhicule de construction au passage niveau prs de Marseille, 31 blesss

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Un train rgional est entr en collision avec un vhicule de construction un passage niveau prs de Marseille le mardi en laissant 31 blesss, dont un grivement.

L’accident s’est produit vers 08h40 sur un tronon de ligne entre Miramas et le centre de Marseille, dans le 16me arrondissement nord de la ville Meditterranean, selon oprateur ferroviaire SNCF. Selon les premiers rapports le train est entr en collision avec une grue sur le toit du vhicule, qui a caus la grue s’effondre et s’incruster dans l’un des wagons du train. Le conducteur du train a russi s’chapper indemne, mais a t laiss en tat de choc, les mdias franais ont rapport. Le chauffeur de camion, g dans ses 40 ans, a t plus grivement bless et vacu vers un hpital voisin, o il n’est pas signal tre en danger de mort, selon le quotidien rgional La Provence.

Sur les 75 passagers bord, 31 ont t blesss, avec les vastes ecchymoses souffrances de la majorit et le choc de l’impact soudain de l’accident. Ils ont t transports par autobus et autres non-urgence signifie un hpital local, selon les rapports de la Provence et de la tlvision franaise TF1. Un passager a dcrit deux impacts – un de la collision initiale entre le train et vhicule de construction, et une seconde partir de la grue effondre entrant premire voiture du train. “Une femme se retrouve avec la grue pratiquement genoux. Elle pensait qu’elle allait mourir,” le passager a t cit comme disant par La Provence. Un autre a dclar l’preuve effrayant. Certaines personnes pleuraient, d’autres taient en tat de choc. J’tais sur un sige pliant, donc [lors de l’impact] je me suis effondre sur le sol, et bless mes poignets.”

Les spculations sur la cause de l’accident continuait mardi aprs-midi, avec la compagnie ferroviaire RFF (Rseau Ferr de France) affirmant que, au moment de l’accident, les feux de circulation au passage niveau fonctionnaient correctement. La socit a galement affirm que les barrires du passage niveau taient entirement fonctionnel, et que la voie ferre avait t rcemment modifi, selon TF1. Division criminelle et de la scurit de la police locale poursuit la possibilit que le conducteur du camion tait au tlphone au moment de la collision, aprs avoir prtendument trouver son tlphone portable proximit du lieu de l’accident, selon La Provence.

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France: Suspect fire in Paris 7 storey high rise, kills 3 injures 13. Several jumped from windows – 310313 1705z

On Saturday, three people were killed and 13 injured in a fire in the Paris suburb of Aubervilliers.

Officials suspect the fire was “of criminal origin” and an investigation has begun.

Four of those injured in the Aubervilliers fire were in a serious condition.

Around 60 people were reported to be in the seven-storey building when the fire began.
Sunday, 31 March, 2013 at 11:06 (11:06 AM) UTC RSOE

News Reports

“The fire started late on Saturday on the third floor of the building, forcing several people to jump out their windows in an attempt to escape the flames.

One person died after jumping and another burned to death on the third floor. The third died in hospital.

Four of the injured were in a serious condition, according to officials.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known.

A resident told journalists the blaze had broken out when someone threw a petrol bomb during a brawl between occupants but that account could not immediately be confirmed.

Housing Minister Cecile Duflot, who travelled to the scene, said authorities had not been aware of any “particular warning signs” at the 1920s-era building.

But Evelyne Yonnet, deputy mayor for housing in the suburb north of the French capital, said the building was “very badly managed” and had been inhabited by squatters.

“There had been complaints from residents,” she told journalists.

Resident Ali Belmadi said the building had become “uninhabitable”.

“The situation had been getting worse for five years,” since squatters arrived, he told AFP.

“There were rats, cockroaches, no security,” said another resident named Ghalia.”


Wales: Angle lifeboat, rescue helo & warship in dramatic medevac from trawler in rough sea & force 8 gale, 2 other shouts detailed – 230313 0035z

(Photo: RAF/Angle lifeboat) Angle lifeboat standing off.

“The first shout yesterday was: At 1033 the ALB launched to reports of a young male threatening to jump from the Cleddau Bridge, near Pembroke Dock. As the young man was not seen on the bridge when the Coastguard arrived on scene the ALB deployed her daughter boat, and the two boats conducted a thorough search of the area. At 1212 the Coastguard and Police were satisfied that the risk was sufficiently reduced that the ALB could be released to return to station. She arrived back on the slipway at approximately 1300.

The second, and longest, of yesterday’s shouts. The crew had barely arrived at their homes for a well-earned lunch when the pagers went again. The ALB launched at 1358 to assist an injured crewman from a 25-metre French trawler south of the Smalls, a rocky outcrop with a lighthouse, some 21 miles west of the station.

In very rough sea conditions with up to 6.5m swell, an RAF helicopter had spent an hour trying to get a winchman aboard the trawler, but had been unable to, and had left the scene to refuel at Haverfordwest. The ALB arrived on scene at the same time as a Royal Naval warship, who had offered to try to provide a lee for the ALB to transfer the casualty, and a translator to assist with communications with the French-speaking trawler crew. The ALB made approaches assess the possibility of coming alongside the vessel. The condition of the casualty was given at this time as able to walk, but weak, and suffering hypothermia. It would not have been possible to transfer such a casualty in the conditions, and the trawler was asked to make best speed toward the coast where, given the offshore wind, conditions were more favourable, and the rescue helicopter was requested to return to the scene. On her arrival, still in dreadful conditions, after numerous attempts the helicopter winchman was able to land on the trawler, and the casualty airlifted to hospital. The ALB was unable to rehouse due to the conditions at the slipway, and was moored at approximately 1900, prior to seeking a berth in a local marina.

FB video of medevac from trawler, March 21, 2013

And the third shout yesterday: Before she slipped her mooring, Milford Haven Coastguard requested the assistance of the lifeboat for the third time, to help investigate reports of red flares, sighted at Gelliswick, in the Milford Haven waterway. Using radar, searchlights and night-vision equipment nothing was found. The lifeboat was taken to Neyland marina, leaving the boat at 2110, and the crew driven back to Angle in the station Land Rover, arriving about an hour later. The lifeboat is still ready for service, with the crew ready to drive to Neyland should the pagers go. The crew expect to bring her back to the boathouse on Saturday morning.” – Angle Lifeboat RNLI

News Reports

(Photo: Royal Navy) RAF search and rescue helicopter from Chivenor was sent to the scene but weather conditions proved too bad for a winchman to be lowered on to the vessel

“This dramatic photograph shows the awful conditions that a Pembrokeshire RNLI crew battled through to get to an injured fisherman yesterday (Thursday).

The Portuguese fisherman was taken to hospital after suffering a head injury on his fishing boat about 30 nautical miles west of St Anns Head.

The RAF search and rescue helicopter from Chivenor was sent to the scene but weather conditions proved too bad for a winchman to be lowered on to the vessel.

The RNLI all-weather lifeboat from Angle was launched to meet the vessel, which was asked to head closer to land to try to find calmer waters, and HMS Echo went to assist.

The helicopter then returned to the scene and airlifted the casualty to Morriston Hospital in Swansea.

Milford Haven Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) was contacted by the French authorities just before midday to report that a fisherman needed evacuation.

Watch keeping staff at Milford Haven MRCC tried to make contact with the vessel, but the people on board spoke little English, and a member of MRCC staff who spoke French managed to pass on some information.

The wind at the time was blowing a south easterly gale force eight (39-46 mph), with rough seas.

Milford Haven MRCC watch manager Barrie Yelland said: “Due to the weather conditions, this was a challenging rescue for all involved. It was made all the more difficult as those on board the fishing vessel couldn’t speak English.”

Commenting on last nights incident, MP Stephen Crabb said: I praise the efforts of all those involved in last nights rescue off St Anns Head. It is testament to the skills and dedication of the crew of volunteers from Angle RNLI , our local Coastguard and the RAF, who worked together to battle against the challenging weather conditions to bring this injured fisherman to safety. I understand that the individual is now receiving attention in Morriston Hospital.

This incident is a reminder of why we worked so hard to retain our much valued local coastguard centre in Milford Haven. And a reminder of the excellent work carried out locally to help support the RNLI in their vital work in saving lives at sea. “

Wind farm to be built on site of First World War battlefield because in the land of corporate greed, nothing is sacred

Quixotes Last Stand

An energy firm wants to build 10 turbines – each twice the height of Big Ben – on the site where tens of thousands died

Martin Fricker — The Mirror — March 14, 2013

The remains of British soldiers could be disturbed if a plan to build a wind farm on the site of a First World War battlefield goes ahead.

Energy firm InnoVent wants to build 10 turbines – each twice the height of Big Ben – on the site of the 1915 Battle of Loos, near Calais, where tens of thousands died.

The Leicester Regiment alone lost more than 500 men in just seven days.

Veterans’ relatives also fear the turbines will ruin the setting of cemeteries in the area.

Regimental historian Richard Lane said the scheme would be “disastrous” to the landscape.

He added: “There are likely to be the remains of those who died which could…

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The Jolly Good News

1859770,h=425,pd=1,w=620Nine enormous bronze bells have made their way on flatbed trucks from a Normandy foundry to what is hoped will be their home for centuries to come, Notre Dame Cathedral, helping the medieval edifice to rediscover its historical harmony.

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Fresh attempts to refloat Airbus ferry at Mostyn

Wales Air Forum

By Steve Bagnall

FRESH attempts were made yesterday to refloat an Airbus ferry which ran aground in bad weather in Mostyn.

The ship, which carries wings made at Airbus’ Broughton plant to France for assembly, got into trouble on Wednesday.

Tugs from Mostyn Port were brought in yesterday to free it after attempts on Wednesday night failed.

Yesterday it had been moved into deeper water, but was still not fully afloat.

It is not uncommon for ferries to experience this type of problem in high tide.

An Airbus spokesman said: “It got into trouble because of the bad weather on Wednesday. There was no damage to the ship, it was not leaking fuel and there was no other danger from the ferry.”

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France: 5 (including a child) killed, 18 injured (including 2 firefighters) in Paris suburbs fire 020113 1830z

(Image: Five dead after French flat fire

Five victims including a child were found dead following a blaze in Gennevilliers city in Paris Suburbs that broke out early on Wednesday, according to local report.

Two flats in a six-storey building were on fire at 04:15 a.m local time (0315 GMT), injuring 18 people including two firefighters.

The causes of the fatal incident were not yet identified. The fire was developed in ignorance of the occupants, which is typical for midnight blaze, Frederic Grosjean, deputy spokesman of Paris firefighters said.

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Cinq victimes, dont un enfant ont t retrouvs mort aprs un incendie dans la ville de Gennevilliers, dans la banlieue de Paris qui a clat tt le mercredi, selon le rapport local.

Deux appartements dans un immeuble de six tages taient en feu 04:15, heure locale (GMT 0315), blessant 18 personnes, dont deux pompiers.

Les causes de lincident fatal ntaient pas encore identifis. Le feu a t dvelopp dans lignorance des occupants, ce qui est typique pour blaze de minuit, a dclar Frdric Grosjean, porte-parole adjoint des pompiers de Paris.

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U.S. media ignore French plea to U.N. to make gay sex legal


In a speech to the United Nations yesterday, French President François Hollande urged the repeal of all laws against homosexuality worldwide, such as those currently in effect in 76-plus countries.

That news went unreported in the New York Times, Washington Post and Los Angeles Times.

To read about it, you’d have to turn to online publications such as:

Hollande told the U.N.:

“France will continue to conduct all these struggles: for the abolition of the death penalty, for women’s rights to equality and dignity, for the universal decriminalization of homosexuality, which should not be recognised as a crime but, on the contrary, recognized as a…

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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).

Mayotte (French)
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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.

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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.

Mont Maudit seen from the north
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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.

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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

Justin Bieber Concert a knock-out: At least 49 injured in stampede in Oslo; Singer knocked-out in Paris – Updated 4 June 2012

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Justin Bieber performs live at the Opera House on May 30, 2012 in Oslo, Norway.
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“Oslos governing mayor has called for a full investigation after dozens of teenage girls sustained minor injuries at a free Justin Bieber concert in the city centre on Wednesday evening, while the city’s mayor hid behind a tree to avoid a stampede.

The head of the citys government, Stian Berger Rsland, said he was terrified of the risk for serious injuries as a crowd made up mostly of young girls thronged outside the opera house to watch the 18-year-old Canadian superstar perform.

At one point earlier in the day, Mayor Fabian Stang was forced to take shelter behind a tree to avoid being crushed by hordes of stampeding girls.

I have already called on the Emergency Planning Agency to examine the entire event from the planning stage to its implementation. We have to find out what went wrong and why it happened.

Fortunately, no one was seriously injured when thousands of frantic Justin Bieber fans arrived at the Opera House to watch Justin Bieber perform. Ola Krokan at the Oslo police told news agency NTB that 49 girls had received minor injuries while 14 were taken by ambulance to the emergency services, none of them with serious injuries.” –

(Photo: @JustinBieber)
“norway yesterday. secret show ended up not being so secret. haha” – Justin Bieber

According to, citing the Norwegian paper Aftenposten, more than 88 received medical attention in a stampede to hear the “Boyfriend” singer give a free concert, his first public performance in nearly a year.

When authorities threatened to cancel the gig, which was being filmed for the NBC special Justin Bieber: All Around the World, Bieber appealed to his fans over Twitter.

@justinbieber: “NORWAY – please listen to the police. I dont want anyone getting hurt. I want everything to go to plan but your safety must come first…

…here r the details…at 920 2nite Im going to do a free show 4 u the fans at the Opera House here in Oslo…

…the show is part of my #AroundTheWorld TV special and I will be doing 6 songs, 4 new, 2 old before i leave. BUT….

…for the show to happen u must all listen to the police. we are all concerned for your safety and i want what is best for u. please listen

and tonight we will have some fun. love you and im excited to see you all. NORWAY…THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME! #BELIEVE

and NORWAY…u are awesome! #BEASTMODE”

MTV said that the “Boyfriend” singer’s words of caution apparently tamed fans enough, and police allowed the show to proceed. However, officials demanded Bieber push the start time back by half an hour so scene security would not deteriorate further.

“Bieber took the stage 30 minutes early, to avoid a state of emergency. He sang five songs, including his hit “Baby” and two new tracks off his upcoming album “Believe.” As he performed, many fans took to the river in boats, holding up signs of adoration for Bieber.

Despite the fans on the ground needing medical attention for everything from injuries to dehydration, the 18-year-old singer appeared to have a blast on stage.

“Missed the stage. That was fun,” Bieber later tweeted. “#BELIEVEtour is gonna be epic.” ” –

Justin is now in Paris for another ‘secret show’.

Meanwhile the authorities in California will just have to wait for him to return, before they can question him about an alleged altercation with a paparazzo in his home town of Calabasas - More about that, here

A short time ago it emerged that Justin has had another altercation, this time with a wall of glass during his concert in Paris. have just spoken with Justin, who said he was performing on stage, and in between songs he walked backstage and hit the glass. He says he was disoriented, but went back on stage and finished his set.

As he walked to his dressing room he passed out cold, for around 15 seconds. Doctors say Justin suffered a concussion but he’ll be ok.

Justin went on to complete the concert, afterward tweeting, ” gotta laugh at yourself sometimes.”’s phone call with Justin Bieber in mp3 format

Clip from Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend” – @ 2012 The Island Def Jam Music

Update 4 June 2012:

According to the Daily Star, Justin’s eyebrow has been left paralysed following the pop superstar’s Thursday night (31May12) run-in with a glass wall backstage at a concert in Paris.

2 adults and 3 children (including a baby) die, at least 15 missing, after fishing boat sinks in Indian Ocean

Two adults and three children died while 15 people were missing after a boat sank off the French overseas department of Mayotte, the government said Sunday.

The fishing boat was carrying 43 people from the nearby independent nation of the Comoros, the overseas ministry said in a statement. The provisional toll is 19 people survived, 15 were missing and five bodies were found, including those of three children, it said.

One of the children was a baby.

The statement said the accident occurred late Saturday afternoon, and that some survivors were rescued by a hotel dive club on the Indian Ocean island, whose people are some 10 times wealthier than Comoran islanders.

The ministry has activated a maritime safety plan, and the necessary aerial and nautical means are in place and will remain for as long as needed, the statement said.

A helicopter and a Zodiac were searching for the other survivors, it said.The archipelago of the Comoros voted to become independent from France in 1975, while the Mayotte islanders opted to remain under French rule.

Monday, 21 May, 2012 at 06:05 (06:05 AM) UTC RSOE

AP: Overseas Minister Victorin Lurel says an air and sea search operation will continue as long as necessary to find the missing.

Its not immediately clear what caused the sinking, but the small kwassa-kwassa boats are thought ill-equipped for long sea trips.

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