Thursday, 10 June 2010

Extend And Pretend - A Guide To The Road Ahead

It will likely surprise you but like a trolley car we are now locked into economic tracks that determine our financial destination. Unfortunately, it isn’t a place anyone would choose knowingly other than possibly the Bilderberg elite.

Financially and economically we are lurching along, rocking from side to side with the occasional unexpected jarring flash crash jolt. But unlike a trolley line, for some reason no one seems to know what the destination is. Many are asking but few are willing to tell. more

PM: Afghanistan facing 'vital year'

David Cameron has been forced to abandon a visit to British troops in a frontline base amid fears that the Taliban were trying to bring down his helicopter.

The Prime Minister had been due to fly in to the patrol base at Shahzad in Helmand province to meet troops from the 1st Battalion Duke of Lancaster's Regiment.

But at the last minute the RAF Chinook helicopter carrying Mr Cameron and his entourage was diverted to the main operating base in the provincial capital, Lashkar Gah.

A Government source said that mobile telephone "chatter" had been intercepted in the area referring to a possible attempt to bring down a helicopter.


Payouts possible after search error

Thousands of people could be in line for compensation after they were illegally stopped and searched by police using controversial counter-terrorism legislation.

An urgent review is under way after officials discovered 14 police forces failed to get the correct authorisation for operations that allow them to stop members of the public without reason.

They found 40 operations dating back to 2001 where police who were granted powers to use section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 had no legal basis after they applied for an invalid timescale or were not countersigned quickly enough.


Baby found abandoned in village pub

A newborn baby has been found abandoned in a village pub.

The baby boy, who is less than a day old, was found in a bag at 11.15pm on Wednesday at the Hawk and Buckle pub in Etwall, Derbyshire.

He was taken to Derby Royal Hospital where he was named Jack by staff. He is described as being in good health.

A spokeswoman for Derbyshire Constabulary said: "Police are urgently trying to trace the baby's mother as they are concerned for her welfare.

"Officers want to stress that anyone providing information can do so in confidence."

Britons die in South Africa crash

Three Britons, including two female students, have been killed in a bus crash in South Africa, officials said.

The executive mayor of Mbombela, Lassy Chiwayo, confirmed a third fatality, hours after police said two passengers had died.

The crash happened a few miles from Barberton on the Bulembu road, near Nelspruit, at lunchtime when the driver apparently lost control of the bus and it overturned.

The bus was carrying 22 students and a member of staff from the Brooksby Melton College, in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, who were on a field trip. They had arrived in the country on June 1 and were due to return home to the UK tomorrow. The casualties ranged in age from 19 to 25.

Sport to receive £50m lottery boost

Sport is to get a £50 million a year boost by 2012 from the National Lottery as part of reforms to try to secure a strong legacy from hosting the London Games, Olympics Minister Hugh Robertson has announced.

The aim of the plan, backed by order in Parliament, will be to "deliver a mass participation sports legacy from London 2012", he said, after outlining his vision to executives of Olympic sports bodies at the British Olympic Association's central London headquarters.


Iraqi abuse footage 'appalling'

Former defence secretary Geoff Hoon has described footage of hooded Iraqi prisoners being abused by a British soldier as "appalling".

One of the prisoners is believed to be hotel receptionist Baha Mousa, 26, who died in Basra, southern Iraq, in September 2003 after allegedly being beaten to death by British soldiers.

Mr Hoon claimed he had never seen the footage before, despite its previous widespread circulation in the press. Giving evidence to an inquiry into Mr Mousa's death, Mr Hoon described the behaviour of the soldier in the video as "reprehensible".


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