HARROWING overhead images from the Indonesia quake and tsunami show the scale of the mass devastation that has left nearly 400 people dead and thousands homeless. Sulawesi residents are tonight sleeping on the streets, as bodies covered in medical yellow sheeting remain scattered along the shoreline of the city of Palu. At least 384 people were killed after a tsunami, triggered by a magnitude 7.5 earthquake, tore through the Pacific 'Ring of Fire' before crashing into the Indonesian coastal town at 500mph. According to local media, more than 500 people suffered serious injuries in Palu alone. Disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo said "hundreds" were taking part in a beach festival when the tsunami struck Palu at dusk on Friday. Indonesian authorities have been criticised for lifting the tsunami warning just 34 minutes after it was issued, which led to many residents believing it was safe to head towards the beach in the scenic tourist town. The disaster struck on the same … [Read more...] about Harrowing photos reveal scale of destruction after massive Tsnuami leaves 384 dead sweeping people off the beach and dumping bodies on the shoreline
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Cast your mind back 10 years. Survey the political scene. What can you see? The Labour Party has been in power for 11 years. And it seems to be winning the big argument. The new leaders of the Conservative Party, David Cameron and George Osborne, have stopped calling for tax cuts and are instead pledging to match Labour’s public service spending plans. “Sharing the proceeds of growth” is the mantra. Survey the economic scene. What’s going on there? Well, there’s much talk on the business pages of newspapers of a somewhat mysterious “credit crunch”. Northern Rock went under the year before. House prices are down. The stock market is looking a bit sickly. The economy seems to be slowing. Yet a recession warning by the chancellor, Alistair Darling, is viciously stamped on by aides of the prime minister, Gordon Brown. After all, the Treasury is projecting GDP growth only to dip slightly before rapidly bouncing back. The … [Read more...] about Financial crisis 10 years on: Have we seen any true reform?
After almost six weeks of searching for love on ITV’s Love Island, last week we finally saw Samira Mighty bow out of the competition. Her departure was described by many in the media as a “shock exit”, but for thousands who tune in each night, it may not have come as a surprise at all. Many of us knew that the reality show was never going to be the right platform for a black woman to build and sustain a romantic relationship. Samira decided to walk after the dumping of Frankie Foster, who she was coupled up with. Collectively, our sympathy for the 22-year-old was replaced with impatience as we failed to understand her grief over the dismissal of a guy who appeared only to have settled for her after failing to win the attention of fellow contestant Megan Barton-Hanson. This was until it emerged that the established romance between Frankie and Samira had been cruelly chopped out of the final edits of the show, including a night in the hideaway - an exclusive section of … [Read more...] about Does Reality TV Present A Level Playing Field For Black Women?
Today is April Fool's Day - the day when practical jokers and hoaxers get to run wild and have some fun. As always, April 1 has been marked by some hilarious tongue-in-cheek news stories, and pranksters across the world will be enjoying themselves over the next few hours. Among the pranks played so far today are fast food giant Burger King claiming to have created a Chocolate Whopper and a report that Prince Harry's stag do will be held in a spiritual yurt retreat in Wales. Here are some of the best April Fool's pranks played today. Do you have a funny April Fool's Day story? Email [email protected] 14:58 Time to get planning next year's pranks In case you missed it earlier, here’s a list of pranks that you can prepare for next year’s April Fool’s Day. It includes evil things you can do with Oreos, or by filling doughnuts with mayonnaise. That’s it for this year, see you next April 1. 12:51 'World's first ever meme' discovered at the Royal … [Read more...] about Round-up of the best April Fool’s Day jokes from around the world
HEARTLESS fraudsters conned a former Royal Navy warrant officer by telling him his wife was critically ill and they needed £300. Martin Parry, 47, received a call that appeared to be from his wife’s phone with a man telling him his wife had been involved in a car crash and needed life-saving surgery but he had to give them £300 before the operation could take place. However, once the money had been transferred it became clear his wife, Del, had not been involved in any accident. Martin had been a victim of ‘spoofing’ which allows con artists to hide their identities and impersonate people. The cruel fraudsters had used specialist technology to make it look like they were calling from her phone. The practice, known as ‘spoofing’, allows criminals to mask their identities and impersonate people. The scammer, who called himself Dr Verma from South Tyneside District Hospital, sounded convincing referring to Martin’s wife, 45, by her nickname, … [Read more...] about Cruel fake doctor told Royal Navy vet his wife was fighting for life after car crash and demanded £300 over phone