Date: 01.01.2010; Time: 22.00
Happy New year to all of you. We wish you a green year. Please stay within Almighty God's kitchen to be healthy and safe throughout the years to come
SALAD: "Last year now is history, next year will be a mystery, this year is a gift to us all so we should take the opportunity and use our hours, days, weeks, months in a best way we could, because we do not know what will happen tomorrow."
Mr. Gordon Brown promised in his New years message that in this year more employment and less troubles for the poor people, and he said that Britain will help towards the climate changes and,... let see.
SALAD 'S NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS:
1) I am going to be myself
2) Eat less red meat
3) Drink more clean water (8 glasses per a day)
4) No salt, no sugar in my food
5) More sport activities less using car
6) Take more action towards my recycle wastes.
7) I do not use swearing words any more.
Some people each year make so many resolutions but never uphold any and each year they make the same resolutions again and again!
Date:02.01.2010. Time: 22.00
WHAT GOES ROUND, COMES ROUND - BRITISH OPIUM WAR...& COLONIZING
Drug dealing in China. Mr. Akmal Shaikh smuggling 4 kg of heroin in to China , the British citizen executed on 29.12.2009 in China by lethal injections instead of firing squads. It was said by his family that he was mentally distressed person why did not his family care for him??? If that was the case then why he did take four kilo heroin only? Is this they to pay for the war in Afghanistan?
SALAD: "Many years ago during British Imperialism British did colonize many countries by addicting their nations with opium. One of them was Iran the British used to provide some of the Iranian people who were very soft, simple and illiterate with opium free of charge and in return of the burned material to the British the Iranians who were already addicted would be given further supply of Opium free of charge. In this way so many Iranian peoples became addicted to the opium. It caused a big problem to the country which still exists most of big people in Iran smoking opium. This was the same in China but the Chinese killed all the addicted by releasing them to the sea. The Chinese reacted nicely by sending a letter to the Queen: "smoking of opium is forbidden in your country the proof that you are clearly aware of its harm. Since you do not permit opium to harm your own country you should not allow it to be passed on to other countries. China exports products which are beneficial to people and do not harm any foreign country, such as silk, tea, porcelain that Her Majesty consumed."
Date:03.01.2010. Time: 22.00
Sir John Major criticizes Tony Blair over Iraq war
Former Prime Minister Sir John Major has criticized Tony Blair's handling of the Iraq war and his presentation of the case for invasion in March 2003.
Sir John said he had reluctantly backed the war because he believed what Mr Blair had said as prime minister. But now, he said, big questions had been raised by the unfolding evidence to the Chilcott Inquiry into the war. He told the BBC the argument that Saddam Hussein was a bad man and must be removed was an "inadequate" one. Sir John said it now seemed there were doubts before the invasion about whether there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
In an interview with BBC Radio 4's Today programme, he said he wanted to know whether the cabinet had known about those doubts. He said: "I had myself been prime minister in the first Gulf War, and I knew when I said something I was utterly certain that it was correct, and I said less than I knew. "I assumed the same thing had happened and on that basis I supported reluctantly the second Iraq war."
Sir John said he did not know whether the invasion was potentially illegal, but he added that in the mid-1990s President Clinton's administration had raised the question of regime change with his officials. They replied that any attempt to remove Saddam Hussein as a bad man had to be legal and viable. Sir John said the argument that someone was bad was an inadequate argument for war. "There are many bad men around the world who run countries and we don't topple them, and indeed in earlier years we had actually supported Saddam Hussein when he was fighting against Iran.
Date:04.01.2010. Time: 22.00
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE NOTE:
New technical way to do robbery in the world
This is a new technique used by robbers. Please take notice of this. If you are driving at night and are attacked with eggs, do not operate the wiper and spray any water. Because eggs mixed with water become milky and block your vision up to 92.5%. Then you are forced to stop at the road side and become a victim of robbers.
Please inform your friends and relatives. Please take this seriously. Pass it on even if you don't drive.
Date:05.01.2010. Time: 22.00
IMMIGRANTS, INFANTS & SAVING GREY BRITAIN
Immigration has hidden as well as obvious benefits. It remains a force against the time bomb of aging Britain. Old people need care, and this will cost therefore the young immigrants will be a wealth to Britain.
Paralyzed crash victim walks again after surgeons reposition his spine. He was one of the lucky ones.
Date:06.01.2010. Time: 22.00
NEW SLAVERY IN DUBAI
The world's highest skyscraper is 818 m tall. It cost 928 million pound it is lightning and quake- proof, it is 160 story tower. It was build by the Iranian, Pakistani, Indian, Turkish, Bangladeshi people with 5 dollar per a day wages. This is a new slavery.
PARSLEY: It’s an overlooked healthy food, rich in iron, carotenoids and vitamin C and is known to aid the liver.
BEETROOT: Try to purchase with leaves, which are highly nutritious.
BARLEY: It is rich in soluble dietary fiber so helps lower cholesterol. It’s also abundant in minerals; iron, manganese, potassium, and selenium, phosphorus, as well as B vitamins. It contains twice as much essential fatty acid as wheat.
SNOW IN U.K
Thousands of schools are closed and travellers have been hit by major disruption after further heavy snowfall hit large parts of the UK. Parts of Scotland and northern England have had more snow, which has also spread to southern areas of the UK. The military was called in after up to 1,000 vehicles were stranded when snow blocked the A3 in Hampshire overnight. Some rail firms have reduced services, many roads are badly affected and flights have been delayed or cancelled. The worst-hit areas have been central southern England and parts of the South West and south Wales. Counties most affected include Surrey, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Dorset, Berkshire and parts of Gloucestershire and Buckinghamshire. The Met Office said it had received reports that between 35cm (14in) and 40cm (16in) of snow had fallen in parts of Surrey by the early hours of the morning. Nearly half of workers have not travelled to work, according to a snap poll of more than 460 companies by employment law firm Peninsula. It suggested 44% of employees had decided to work from home. Among the airports closed are Bristol, which will remain shut until at least 1400 GMT, and Exeter. London Gatwick remains closed, and Cardiff Airport is shut until at least 1500 GMT. Heathrow, Birmingham, Luton, Glasgow and Southampton are open but suffering delays and cancellation. The runway at Stansted Airport in Essex had to be closed at around 1000 GMT following two to three hours of steady snow. Among the school closures were more than 1,000 in Wales, 450 in West Yorkshire on Wednesday, some 300 in both the Lancashire and Newcastle areas, and hundreds more in Somerset and Cornwall today. About 120 schools are closed in Solent, 240 in South Yorkshire, 200 in the West Midlands, 125 in Hertfordshire, and more than 100 in Gloucestershire and Liverpool. All schools in Bath and North East Somerset are shut. In Scotland, all schools in central Borders, East and Midlothian, Shetland and Aberdeenshire are so far closed, as well as half the schools in Dumfries and Galloway. On the roads, North Yorkshire Police said a serious accident had closed parts of the A1. The road was shut southbound between the junctions with the A6136 and the A684, and northbound between junction 49 and the A6136. The Highways Agency said the A66 in Cumbria was also shut between the A1 and the A685. Police in the Borders said conditions were so bad, people should avoid travelling.
Date:07.01.2010. Time: 22.00
Winter's chilling cost: 15 billion pounds. No other country appears to be so incompetent as this one in dealing with cold weather or hot weather. There will be chaotic situation when there is a snow or the weather is very hot. All the train, buses banks, post office, and ... take a day off and the country economics will suffer.
BREAST FEEDING IN THE WEST
Because weather, water, soil and foods are polluted young people in the west decided to breast feed their children.
Date:08.01.2010. Time: 22.00
Overnight temperatures into Saturday were less severe than the previous night, with a low of -14.5C recorded at Tulloch Bridge in Inverness-shire. "vigorously defend" Scotland's interests to maintain salt supplies. About 7,000 tonnes of salt were used in the 24 hours to Friday night
Australia – Melbourne
Date:09.01.2010. Time: 22.00
Do not laugh, in U.K there is salt scarcity during winter..
The government has pledged to do all it can to keep roads and schools open as the severe wintry weather eases its grip on the UK.
The Met Office downgraded its severe weather warning, but said snow, ice and low temperatures would continue. Nearly all motorways and trunk roads would be open by Monday, the government said. A man has died after falling through ice on the River Tees in Stockton while trying to rescue his dogs. Local Government Minister Rosie Winterton said great efforts were being made nationally and locally to beat the freeze. "Council workers are working extremely hard to ensure that as many of the roads are open as possible so that people can get to work, people can, if at all possible, keep their hospital appointments, and that children can get to school. But there's no doubt that it is very difficult," she said. UK councils use about 60,000 tonnes of salt daily, and supplies have been running short as the cold snap continues. The Highways Agency and local authorities have agreed to cut use of grit and salt by 25%. The Highways Agency has stopped gritting hard shoulders on motorways in England. Salt ordered from abroad is not due to arrive until 21 January. Councils have had to focus on making sure main routes - public transport routes, and outside hospitals, schools and supermarkets - are free of ice. The Highways Agency said its routes were mostly open. "But we're warning drivers to check their route before setting off, and only to make essential journeys," said a spokesman. Urgent salt supplies have been sent out to the worst-off councils. On Sunday morning, 50 lorries left a chemical plant in Cheshire to deliver 12,000 tonnies of salt to councils in East Yorkshire, Pembrokeshire, Gloucestershire, Bradford, Sheffield and Fife. Another 50 lorries from chemical company Ineos will make deliveries on Monday. The firm diverted 12,000 tonnes of salt, bound for food and chlorine production in Germany.
Date:10.01.2010. Time: 22.00
The weather getting better, and life in London going normal. Monday It will be better.
Date:11.01.2010. Time: 22.00
Mr Alastair Campbell appears before Iraq Committee. He did not tell the truth and all the time tried to make a scramble pack of lies. One has to inform the Committee that it is too late, before any action by these lying people should have been verified. So many lives, money have been wasted from whole world's packet and ...
Date:12.01.2010. Time: 22.00
Haiti earthquake feared to have killed hundreds
Date:13.01.2010. Time: 22.00
China gives first response to Google threat
'Holding statement' At a regular foreign ministry news briefing, Ms Jiang said: "China like other countries administers the internet according to law. "China's internet is open and the Chinese government encourages development of the internet." She was responding to a reporter's question on Google and US concerns about the business environment in light of Google's reported cyber-attacks. "Chinese law proscribes any form of hacking activity," she said. When Google launched google.cn in 2006, it agreed to censor some of the search results, as required by the Chinese government.
Date:14.01.2010. Time: 22.00
Patients may have to be prescribed higher doses of antibiotics because of rising rates of obesity, say doctors. The standard "one-size fits all" dose may not clear infection in larger adults and increases the risk that resistance will develop, they argue. More work is needed to guide GPs on how and when to alter doses, an editorial in The Lancet to accompany the study by doctors from Greece and the US says. GPs said it was an interesting theory but may end up being expensive. Around one in four adults in England is classified as obese - an increase from 15% in 1993. Given the fact people are getting larger, use of standard doses of antibiotics in all adults, regardless of size, is outdated, argue two doctors from Greece and the US. Size and even the proportion of body fat a person has, can affect the concentration of antibiotics in the body, potentially reducing how effective they are in larger patients, they say. And failure to clear an infection because too small a dose is given may raise the risk of resistance - already an increasing problem for doctors. Likewise, smaller than average patients may get too much drug, and suffer greater side-effects as a consequence.
An accompanying editorial said dose adjustments could easily be made if research was done to guide doctors in treating obese patients. Professor Steve Field, chair of the Royal College of GPs said he would encourage "appropriate" antibiotic prescribing and lots of patients are given them unnecessarily. But he added: "Patients are getting taller and larger and it does seem right that patients are given the appropriate strength of drug.”However, this might cost a lot of money because pharmaceutical companies would have to provide different doses of medication. "At the moment, most come in two strengths and we would not want to see an increase in costs." He added that GPs will already use their judgment to alter medication doses where necessary. Professor Hugh Pennington, an expert in antibiotics from the University of Aberdeen, said antibiotics would differ in how size altered their effectiveness. "But studies on this would not be hard to do.”If you have too little of a drug it's not going to be good for treating the infection but it also raises the possibility that the organism will become resistant. "They're such powerful drugs; we want to make sure we are using them properly."
Date:15.01.2010. Time: 22.00
The UN has launched an appeal for $562m (£346m), to help victims of Tuesday's devastating earthquake in Haiti.
UN humanitarian chief John Holmes said the funds were intended to help three million people for six months. The earthquake has left tens of thousands of people dead, and rescuers are continuing an increasingly desperate search for survivors. Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she would travel to Haiti on Saturday. Some reporter said that outside the ruins of a nursing college in the capital Port-au-Prince, he has been told by a female member of staff that there could be 260 dead bodies and up to 25 people still alive under the rubble.
A team of Brazilian rescuers is trying to gain access to the victims but progress is painfully slow, other correspondent adds. Haitian Interior Minister Paul Antoine Bien-Aime told news agency that 50,000 bodies had already been collected. "We anticipate there will be between 100,000 and 200,000 dead in total, although we will never know the exact number," he said. The Pan American Health Organization has estimated that the death toll could be as high as 100,000, while the UN said about 300,000 had been made homeless. The US has announced it will grant leave to remain to thousands of illegal Haitian migrants living there due to the humanitarian crisis in their country. The chief of the homeland security department, Janet Napolitano, said they would be allowed to stay and work, initially for 18 months.
Date:16.01.2010. Time: 22.00
Fourth death sentence for 'Chemical Ali'
Date:17.01.2010. Time: 22.00
Afghan capital Kabul hit by co-ordinated Taliban attack
Suspected Taliban militants have launched an attack in the Afghan capital Kabul, setting off explosions and sparking a gun battle. The fighting erupted near the Serena Hotel and presidential palace, although Afghan President Hamid Karzai says security has now been restored. The Taliban said 20 fighters were involved. Afghan officials say at least five people died and dozens were hurt. This is the latest in a series of increasingly brazen attacks on Kabul. A statement on a Taliban website said the raid had specifically targeted government buildings and the hotel.
The correspondents say there have been at least two explosions. A suicide bomber in a car detonated explosives near the education ministry, with unconfirmed reports of a number of casualties. A second smaller explosion hit the Cinema Pamir area of Kabul. A shopping center was also gutted by flames. The reporter at the scene of the attacks, says the Afghan army took up positions on buildings and the battle appeared to move to the south of the city center. Afghan MP Daoud Sultanzoy said he also had reports the gunmen had moved, taking over a building "about 500m or 800m south of the previous area that they were in charge of". But a statement from the president's office said: "The Afghan president wants to assure the inhabitants of Kabul that the security situation is under control and order has once again been restored." It added: "The president condemns these terrorist attacks and has instructed the security entities to intensify security in the city and take action to arrest those responsible for these brutal and unpatriotic attacks." Earlier, Nato's Isaf force said it was "working closely with our Afghan partners to aggressively contain the situation". Casualties cannot be confirmed, but there are reports of a number of wounded people being ferried away in ambulances.
The US condemned the attack. Special representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke said: "It's not surprising that the Taliban do this sort of thing. They are desperate people, they are ruthless." The US embassy in Kabul said the Taliban's disregard for Afghan lives was "deplorable".
Date:18.01.2010. Time: 22.00
There is no recession in London
World's 'most expensive' ham leg on sale in London
Date:19.01.2010. Time: 22.00
Jet 'to replace dentist's drill'
A futuristic "plasma jet" that eradicates tooth decay without fillings could be replacing the hated dentist's drill in as little as three years, it was claimed. The space-age device fires a beam of electrically-charged oxygen atoms into tooth cavities to obliterate decay-causing bacteria. Traditionally, the same job is done by drilling holes into the tooth that has to be filled. Unlike the dentist's drill, the plasma jet is non-invasive and pain-free. Fear of fillings is a genuine phobia for some people, causing them to avoid visits to the dentist. A new study has shown that firing low-temperature plasma beams at dentine - the fibrous tooth structure below the enamel - can reduce bacteria levels by up to 10,000 times. Researchers in Germany tested the effectiveness of the plasma jet against common dental bugs including Streptococcus mutans and Lactobacillus casei. Both form films on the surface of teeth and are responsible for the erosion of tooth enamel and dentine that causes cavities. The scientists infected dentine from extracted human molars with four strains of bacteria and exposed it to plasma for between six and 18 seconds. The longer the treatment continued, the greater the amount of bacteria that was eliminated. Lead researcher Dr Stefan Rupf, from Saarland University in Homburg, said: "The low temperature means they can kill the microbes while preserving the tooth. The dental pulp at the center of the tooth, underneath the dentine, is linked to the blood supply and nerves and heat damage to it must be avoided at all costs."
Date:20.01.2010. Time: 22.00
NHS obesity operation access inconsistent, surgeons say
The MDU's figures show that since 2003, there have been 35 compensation claims for weight-loss surgery paid for privately - 21 of them have been in the past two years. In at least one case a patient died following an infection, which was allegedly caused by the gut being perforated. Another patient had to be put on a ventilator after a leak following a gastric bypass led to an infection. Other problems involved gastric bands slipping or leaking. The MDU, which insures doctors, says most of the claims are still ongoing, with the estimated value of each one ranging from £2,500 and £500,000. Not all cases will result in payouts. Its chief executive, Dr Christine Tomkins, said: "These claims aren't surprising, given that this type of surgery is fairly new. "There's usually a time lag between an incident occurring and a claim being made. "We want to try to help our members avoid some of the common problems we're highlighting." Demand for the operations continues to grow each year. One company, BMI Healthcare, said it was seeing a 20% year-on-year increase. Experts warn that surgery to tackle obesity is a medical procedure, rather than a cosmetic operation. A Department of Health spokesman said: "Independent guidance on obesity from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence recommends that drugs and surgery should always be a last resort."
Date:21.01.2010. Time: 22.00
"Gordon Brown 'to face Iraq Inquiry before election"
'Key figure' A spokesman for the inquiry confirmed that Sir John Chilcot had written to the prime minister on Thursday, saying the panel would be "happy to offer him the opportunity" to appear before the election and that it planned to make the letter public on Friday morning. It has been reported that it was not yet known if whether it was Mr Brown or Sir John who had decided to call for an earlier appearance. But he said Labour would be keen not to let the potentially damaging row rumble on up until the general election - widely expected to be held on 6 May. Mr Brown will now be questioned at about the same time as International Development Secretary Douglas Alexander and Foreign Secretary David Miliband. At prime minister's questions on Wednesday, Mr Brown told MPs he had written to Sir John saying he was happy to appear "at any time" before the committee - but it was up to the independent panel to decide. In his letter to Sir John Chilcot, Mr Brown wrote: "I want to make it absolutely clear I am prepared to give evidence whenever you see fit. I remain happy to take your advice on this matter."
Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg said it was "only right" that he explain his role "before asking the British people for their vote". "It is well known that the prime minister was a key figure in Britain's decision to invade Iraq," he said. Shadow foreign secretary William Hague added: "The inquiry and the British public need to hear the full facts from everyone involved and as chancellor at the time he clearly has questions to answer." And Angus Robertson, the SNP's leader at Westminster who raised the issue at question time, said there "must be no delay" in setting a date for Mr Brown's appearance. "The people deserve the whole truth about a war fought in their name but the full facts cannot be known until Gordon Brown is held to account for his actions," he said. Inquiry chairman Sir John had indicated that hearings would not be held in the run-up to the election to allow the inquiry to remain outside party politics.
Tony Blair, who quit British politics when he stepped down as prime minister in 2007, will give evidence next Friday. Earlier former Foreign Secretary Jack Straw gave evidence and told the inquiry backing the war had been his "most difficult decision". He said he had faced a "profoundly difficult moral and political dilemma" as he regarded the US policy of regime change as "improper and unlawful". And he said he had presented Mr Blair with an alternative plan which did not involve committing British troops alongside the Americans, in case they lost a crucial Commons vote in March 2003. He also said the claim in the 2002 intelligence dossier that Saddam Hussein had chemical weapons that could be used within 45 minutes of an order being given should have been "more precise" - it referred only to battlefield weapons. "That was an error, an error that has haunted us ever since," he said. But Mr Straw, now justice secretary, insisted Saddam Hussein posed a "serious threat" that must be addressed. Other key figures from the period to have given evidence are former Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon and former communications chief Alastair Campbell. The former Attorney General Lord Goldsmith - who advised the cabinet that military intervention would be lawful, despite raising earlier concerns - will give evidence next Wednesday
Date:22.01.2010. Time: 22.00
Haiti quake victim rescue operation declared over
Date:23.01.2010. Time: 22.00
'Sarah's Law' sex offender alert scheme may be expanded
Parents across England and Wales could be told about sex offenders who may come into contact with their children. The government is considering rolling out the scheme, currently being trialled in Southampton, Warwickshire, North Cambridgeshire and Stockton. Home Secretary Alan Johnson said early results were "extremely encouraging" and the project had protected children. "Sarah's Law" was proposed after the murder of eight-year-old Sarah Payne by a convicted sex offender 10 years ago. Sarah was kidnapped and murdered by Roy Whiting in West Sussex in 2000. Her mother, Sara, a child protection campaigner, told the News of the World: "In all the long years of campaigning for parents' rights to keep their children safe from predatory paedophiles, this is the most important development to date."
Under the measures, families will be able to ask police if someone with access to a child has convictions or has been previously suspected of abuse. In the first six months of the trial, which started in September 2008, more than 150 parents made inquiries. Of those, 10 were given relevant information. The home secretary said: "Protecting children and families from sex offenders is one of my top priorities and the UK already has one of the most robust systems of managing sex offenders in the world. "The development of this scheme is a major step forward in our ability to protect children from sex offenders. "Early results are extremely encouraging and the pilot has provided crucial protection for children who might otherwise be at risk." He said results from the year-long pilot were still being evaluated and talks with the police and children's charities would take place before a final decision is made on rolling out the scheme nationally. The so-called Megan's Law in the US, which allows the publication of names, addresses and pictures of paedophiles in some states, prompted calls for an equivalent "Sarah's Law" in the UK. Sara Payne, who is the government's Victim's Tsar, has been undergoing treatment after complications following brain surgery but is said to have responded well. 'Sarah's Law' sex offender alert scheme may be expanded
Date:24.01.2010. Time: 22.00
Ethiopian Airlines jet crashes into sea off Beirut
An Ethiopian Airlines passenger plane with 90 people on board has crashed into the Mediterranean Sea shortly after take-off from Beirut airport. Eyewitnesses say they saw a ball of fire in the sky before Addis Ababa-bound Flight ET409 fell into the sea after taking off in stormy weather. At least 14 bodies have been found, and the airline's chief executive said there was no word of survivors. Most of those on board were Lebanese or Ethiopian. There were also two Britons. The other passengers included citizens of Turkey, France, Russia, Canada, Syria and Iraq, Ethiopian Airlines said in a statement on its website. Among them was the wife of the French ambassador in Beirut, Marla Pietton. Some of the foreign passengers are reported to be of Lebanese origin and in possession of dual citizenship. The plane, a Boeing 737-800, was carrying 82 passengers, including small children, and eight crew, Ethiopian Airlines said. This model can seat 189 passengers. It disappeared from radar screens some five minutes after take-off in stormy weather at about 0200 local time, near the village of Naameh, about 3.5km (2 miles) from the coast.
'Flash in the sky' Helicopters and naval ships are searching the crash site. It is still being described as a rescue operation, although officials say it is unlikely anyone will be found. The United Nations peacekeeping operation in Lebanon has sent three ships and two helicopters. Lebanese soldiers are also combing nearby beaches, where pieces of the plane and debris including passenger seats, a fire extinguisher and bottles of medicine have washed up. The cause of the crash was not immediately clear, but the plane took off in a heavy rainstorm. Lebanese President Michel Suleiman said foul play was not suspected. "As of now, a sabotage act is unlikely. The investigation will uncover the cause," he said. "The weather conditions are terrible, but rescue efforts are still under way." A witness , Abdel Mahdi Salaneh, told the BBC he saw the plane fall into the sea in flames. "We saw a flash in the sky," he said. "We saw a flash over the sea and it was the plane falling. The weather was really bad, it was all thunder and rain." The BBC's Will Ross in Nairobi says the crash is likely to invite comparisons with the Kenya Airways crash in Cameroon in 2007, in which 114 people died. Both incidents involved Boeing 737-800 aircraft taking off in bad weather. Relatives of the passengers, some of them sobbing, have gathered in the airport's VIP lounge. A tearful Andree Qusayfi told the Associated Press that his brother, 35-year-old Ziadh, had left for Ethiopia for work for a computer company. "We begged him to postpone his flight because of the storm," he said. "But he insisted on going because he had work appointments." Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, parliament speaker Nabih Berri and other officials arrived to comfort families. Mr Hariri declared a day of mourning, and closed schools and government offices. Ethiopia and Lebanon share close business ties, and thousands of Ethiopians are employed as domestic helpers in Lebanon.
Ethiopian Airlines operates a regular flight between Addis Ababa and Beirut. Our correspondent says that along with South African and Kenya Airways, Ethiopian Airlines is widely considered to be among sub-Saharan Africa's best operators. And on a continent with a history of national airlines folding often due to reckless financial mismanagement, he says, Ethiopian Airlines is expanding its fleet and was the first African airline to order the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. It has also just announced the purchase of another 10 737-800s, at a cost of $750m. Its last major crash was in 1996, when a hijacked Nairobi-Addis Ababa plane was ditched into the sea off the Comoros Islands after running out of fuel. One hundred and twenty-three of the 175 people on board were killed.
Date:25.01.2010. Time: 22.00
UK economy emerges from recession
The UK recession began in the April-to-June quarter of 2008, and was the longest UK recession on record. During 18 months of recession, public borrowing increased to an estimated £178bn, while output slumped by 6%. After the GDP figures were published, John Wright, chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses, said that the recovery remained "frail". "In order to strengthen the recovery it is important that we boost consumer confidence and demand and that interest rates are held steady as continued investment in the economy will be the key to ensuring a sustainable recovery," he said. First estimates of how the economy has performed are made with about 40% of the data available, and Investec economist David Page has warned there is "plenty of room for surprises" in the figures. UK economy emerges from recession
Date:26.01.2010. Time: 22.00
Blood pressure harm from smoke 'may explain cot death'
Smoke exposure during pregnancy damages a baby's blood pressure control, which may explain why such babies' risk of cot death is higher, say experts.
Maternal smoking remains one of the biggest risk factors for cot death. A team at Sweden's Karolinksa Institute found smoke-exposed babies had abnormal surges in blood pressure, even when sleeping undisturbed in their cots. These surges put extra demand on the heart, making it pump faster and harder, the journal Hypertension says. The study suggests damage to the circulation may be a factor in sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), although it set out to look at the effects of smoking on the newborn rather than cot death per se. Dr Gary Cohen and his team studied 36 newborn babies - 17 of whom had mothers who smoked during the pregnancy. When they examined the babies they found the ones that had been exposed to cigarette smoke showed abnormal heart rate and blood pressure responses. And these abnormal responses got worse throughout their first year of life.
At one week of age the smoke-exposed babies showed abnormally large blood pressure rises as they were lifted up from lying down. By the age of one, the same babies appeared to have adapted to this and now showed abnormally low blood pressure responses to the same posture change. Usually, when a person stands the heart rate increases and the blood vessels tighten, raising blood pressure slightly, to keep up the blood flow to the heart and brain. Dr Cohen said: "Babies of smokers have evidence of persistent problems in blood pressure regulation that start at birth and get worse over time. "This study reveals for the first time that early life exposure to tobacco can lead to long-lasting reprogramming of the infant blood pressure control mechanism." He said this might explain why babies of women who smoke are at increased risk of cot death. "We have known for some time that there is a cardiovascular element to sudden infant death. "It's not just breathing, but blood pressure control and heart rate control. "This is another piece of the jigsaw." He plans to continue to study the babies as they grow up to see if the damage is lasting and whether it leads to problems, such as high blood pressure, in later life. Professor George Haycock, scientific adviser for the Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths (FSID), said: "The hypothesis presented here is highly plausible and agrees with work from other research groups. "FSID's top piece of advice remains, cut smoking in pregnancy - fathers too, and don't let anyone smoke in the same room as your baby." Experts say a third of cot deaths could be avoided if mothers-to-be did not smoke.
Date:27.01.2010. Time: 22.00
"Please do not be sheep" this is a book written by Mr. Mahmod Namanni an Iranian author, it is about the social, moral, economical aspects of our day -to- day lives. ISBN: 964-94766-7-9
In Turkey a sheep was born with a human face, therefore sheep are becoming human. So we must tell the sheep "please do not be human"
TONY BLAIR FOR WAR CRIMES.
PLEASE ARREST HIM AND CLAIM YOUR REWARD
The only question is: was the war with Iraq legal?? No it was illegal. A serious violation of international law and the rule of Law. Inquiry led by the government.
Date:28.01.2010. Time: 22.00
Haiti quake rescuers find girl alive after 15 days
A 16-year-old girl has been pulled out of the rubble in the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, 15 days after the earthquake struck, rescuers say.
Darlene Etienne was said to be happy but dehydrated. Rescuers said she had survived by drinking water from a bath. Her rescue comes five days after Haitian government officially ended the search and rescue operation. Meanwhile President Rene Preval has said parliamentary elections due to be held on 28 February will be postponed. As many as 200,000 people died in the 12 January earthquake. More than 130 people have been pulled alive from the rubble.
Date:29.01.2010. Time: 22.00
Tony Blair said that he had always been clear that he would join the Americans if it came to military action to overthrow Saddam Hussein. Making his long-awaited appearance before the Iraq Inquiry, the former prime minister denied he struck a private deal with President George Bush 11 months before the invasion to go to war. He said he had always been clear publicly that the Iraqi dictator had to be confronted over his supposed weapons of mass destruction (WMD) but he insisted that he had left open how it should be done. Mr Blair confirmed that he discussed the issue of Iraq when he met Mr Bush for private, one-to-one talks at his Texas ranch at Crawford in April 2002 but he insisted that they did not get into "specifics". "What I was saying - I was not saying this privately incidentally, I was saying it in public - was 'We are going to be with you in confronting and dealing with this threat'. "The one thing I was not doing was dissembling in that position. How we proceed in this is a matter that was open. The position was not a covert position, it was an open position. "We would be with them in dealing with this threat and how we did that was an open question, and even at that stage I was raising the issue of going to the UN." But pressed on what he thought Mr Bush took from the meeting, he went further, saying: "I think what he took from that was exactly what he should have taken, which was if it came to military action because there was no way of dealing with this diplomatically, we would be with him." He said that the "calculus of risk" relating to Saddam's supposed WMD changed "dramatically" following the 9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers the previous year. "The fact is, force is always an option. What changed after September 11 was that if necessary - and there was no other way of dealing with this threat - we were going to remove him," he said.
But his main argument was that, actually, decisions weren't based on absolutes but on "the calculus of risk". In the more uncertain world after 9/11 it was simply too risky not take action against a dictator who had used chemical weapons on his own people. He said that, while the then foreign secretary Jack Straw had told the Inquiry that, legally and politically, the UK had wanted to take action to disarm Saddam rather than remove him (though he wouldn't have been worried if that were an unintended consequence), Mr Blair said it was wrong to create a "binary division" between disarmament and regime change. In fact, George Bush's predecessor, Bill Clinton, in 1998, finally took the view that regime change in Iraq was necessary because he could not trust Saddam to disarm. But Mr Blair denied that a deal to go to war had been "signed in blood" at President Bush's Texas ranch in 2002 - the only agreement was to "deal" with Saddam - the means were left open.
He was also keen to undermine the unflattering image of him as a "poodle" of the US - he suggested that had the UN succeeded in disarming Saddam , President Bush would actually have altered the US policy of regime change. So, to maintain the canine comparisons, this was really the UK tail wagging the US dog. We had an alliance with the US, not a contract, said Mr Blair. The other striking feature of his performance was the bellicose, almost belligerent, tone towards Iran - whom he blames for undermining post war Iraq. Mr Blair did not concede much territory to his critics - while he was sorry about the divisive nature of the war, he claimed he had tried to bring people back together and said he did not regret his actions in Iraq.
He was also clear that this was a decision which the bulk of his cabinet - and leading Conservatives - signed up to at the time. He said the late Robin Cook, who resigned from the cabinet over the war, would have backed him if he had managed to get a second resolution from the UN. So had this been a trial, and not a inquiry, Mr Blair was in effect suggesting that there should have been lots of co-defendants and that if the charge had been misleading people over an illegal war, there had been "no lie", "no deceit". It was only a "judgement", a "decision", which he felt history would vindicate. His supporters will applaud his robust approach; his opponents will be dismayed that he didn't really express any regrets.
Date:30.01.2010. Time: 22.00
The mother of two toddlers whose bodies were found in the boot of her car has been charged with their murders.
The children were discovered in a holdall last week after their mother Fiona Donnison attended a police station in Heathfield, East Sussex in a distressed state. It is thought Harry, three, and Elise, two, had been asphyxiated. Donnison, 43, who was estranged from her husband, was discharged from Eastbourne District General Hospital after being treated for apparently self-inflicted wounds. She was released into police custody on Friday and will appear before magistrates in Brighton later charged with the children's murders. Post-mortem examinations revealed the toddlers had been dead for less than 24 hours when they were found in Donnison's silver Nissan car, parked near the former family home. Her estranged husband Paul Donnison spoke of the "beauty and joy" his children brought to the world as he paid tribute to them last night. In a statement issued last night by Sussex Police, the children's father Paul Donnison said: "Harry and Elise were the lights that shone the brightest in my life and I am unable to begin to comprehend why this has happened to them."
Date:31.01.2010. Time: 22.00