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Peace on the up and up


697957610-2Research into violent crime has seen a ‘substantial and dramatic’ fall according to research into the levels of crime conducted by the Institute for Economics and Peace.

Britain’s murder rate fell from 1,255 to 993 per 100,000 people according to a nationwide index on the level of crime and in particular the low existence of it.

Areas that have been recognized highly as the areas where violent crime has least are to be found in Norfolk; Hertfordshire and  South Cambridgeshire – with Broadland in Norfolk topping the research poll on crime reduction nationwide.

The Institute research found that the fall over the last decade of homicide in the UK now at its lowest level since 1978; roughly equivalent to that of the Western European average. Unfortunately it is significantly higher in terms of violent crime than the EU average.

It is believed changes in Police practice and technological advances such as CCTV; an aging population, the fall in alcohol consumption,  and the introduction of a minimum wage could be some of the contributing factors for the downward trend in crime – in particular homicide.

Although alcohol related crimes are believed to have fallen slightly drug offences have increased over the last ten years.Officers said that the police’s efforts in tackling gun and knife attacks, domestic assault and incidents relating to alcohol misuse has started to show its overall impact on levels of violent crime.

Sandy hits New York


This is how Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast of America.

 

 

 

Indonesia Greenpeace and KFC & Facebook and Greenpeace Victory


On the 15th December 2011 last year and following a two-year campaign of mobilising, agitating and negotiating to green Facebook, the internet giant announced its goal to run on clean, renewable energy. More than 700,000 people from all over the world joined to make this possible! Facebook’s message to energy producers is clear: invest now in renewable energy, and move away from coal power.

In addition, Greenpeace and Facebook will collaborate in the promotion renewable energy and encourage major utilities to develop renewable energy sources (pdf).

The following Greenpeace campaign video from Youtube was part of the campaign that saw Facebook take up the initiative.

Now Greenpeace is calling for the giant food company KFC to stop using Indonesia’s rainforests in its paper/cardboard products including its packaging and napkins. Greenpeace is concerned that the increase of the giant will deplete more of Indonesia’s precious rainforests if the company continues to source from Asia Pulp and Paper (APP). It also believes that Tiger population will suffer as a result of the increased de-forestation of Indonesia.

The photos below show how Greenpeace Indonesian activist in a protest in one of the destroyed Indonesian forests.

BBC – The Story of Electricity


The BBC are again showing  Professor Jim AlKhalili on BBC Four’s “Shock and Awe – The Story of Electricity”. The Story of Electricity  is quite incredible from the work of Alessandro Volta and Humphrey Davy up to the invention of electro-magnetism of Michael Faraday work and the foresight of Nikola Tesla  – this is recounted captured beautifully.

There is debate about as to where the music for the series has come from – many people on the internet seem to think it may originally be from Hans Zimmer.

What follows is the series of three parts in full (courtesy of the BBC)

Simon Danczuk – Rochale MP


Simon Danczuk is Rochdale’s MP since 2010.

Simon started working at the young age of 16 in a factory making gas fires, he then worked for ICI (the chemical company).  While working, he studied as a mature student at night school and gained qualifications he had missed out at secondary school before gaining a place at Lancaster University where he studied economic sociology and politics.

Danczuk co-founded  research; public affairs and communications company Vision Twentyone and also has been involved in The Big Issue in the North, Opinion Research Corporation, Bolton Bury TEC.

He has written a number of articles and books ranging on such diverse subjects as democracy, homelessness, regeneration, drugs, housing and employment. His business acumen saw him as being voted one of the up-and-coming stars of North West business by Business Insider magazine in 2001.

He campaigned prior for a referendum for an elected Regional Assembly for the North West.

Having been involved with the Labour Party for many years (joining it via the trade union GMB) in the 1980s.  He was elected as a councillor to Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, and served in this position for 8 years. He also was a campaign manager for Rossendale and Darwen Labour Party

Simon Danczuk was elected as a candidate in 2007 to be Rochdale Labour Party’s Parliamentary Candidate. He has since being voted MP in Rochdale campaigned tirelessly for local investment in business, voting against cuts and the abolition of the EMA, on local jobs and for regeneration of Rochdale Town Centre and it’s shopping areas. He also has opposed cuts to the local Police service and against the closure of the Accident and Emergency unit in Rochdale’s NHS infermary.

Below you can see Simon taking a look around Rochdale town and speaking to leaders of Rochdale’s council about his hopes to see more investment in the town centre. As a no nonsense MP he is against any forms of Council misuse of money or officials impropriety of their positions. He also is one of the only MPs in the country to have a surgery available for local constituents to visit on a 9am-5pm basis  – his surgery is based near St. Mary’s Gate in Rochdale.

He will of course be running as the Labour candidate on May 3rd 2012, and you can find out more information on Simon by visiting his website at his website.

BBC – The Story of Electricity


Been watching Jim AlKhalili on BBC Four’s “The Story of Electricity” – he described the invention of Michael Faraday and Nikola Tesla beautifully!

Well done the BBC!

There is debate about as to where the music for the series has come from – many people on the internet seem to think it may originally be from Hans Zimmer (“Time”) and his score from the film “Inception“? But below is the first of the series – “Shock & Awe”

German Cow is Free at Last!


Yvonne - Free at Last?Yvonne the cow that escaped from a farm in Bavaria in May has been caught and thankfully the cow that stole the hearts of the German people in her fight for animal liberation is now at Gut Aiderbichl animal sanctuary where activists originally paid €600 to prevent her slaughter.

Although initially there was a €10,000 reward placed on her capture where she managed three months on the run before a farmer reported seeing her on his land.

Konrad Gutmann, 46, claimed the €10,000 reward by the German tabloid Bild – after seeing what he thought was a lonely animal wandering towars his land to befriend his cows.”It was just luck really. I was out taking a tour of my electric fence with my daughter Melanie at about 6pm when I saw Yvonne on the other side staring at the young cows. “. In  an interview with the Daily Mail he describes how after initially “She was very nervous,’   he herded her to his field.

The animal sanctuary that now owns Yvonne confirmed that the cow had been moved to her new home. She has been identified by the tag on her ear to being the missing cow.

UN calls for suspension on Dale Farm eviction


On Friday a UN committee called on the government to suspend the “immature and unwise” eviction, saying it would “disproportionately affect the lives of the Gypsy and Traveller families, particularly women, children and older people”.

The camp has also received support from Franciscan monks, who last week blessed the site, as well as Anglican and Catholic bishops.

Rabbi Janet Burden said: “People may not be aware that the Travellers, along with the Gypsies and a limited number of other groups with similar lifestyle patterns, are officially recognised as ethnic minorities, just like our own Jewish community. As such, they deserve protection under European human rights law.”

Burden compared the “vilification” of Travellers to the discrimination Jews faced in the first half of the 20th century.

Members of the Jewish community were due to visit Dale Farm Travellers’ camp on Sunday to offer their support to 400 people facing eviction from the green belt site in Essex.

Source: Guardian Newspaper

Rochdale’s Housing Debt Problem


Simon Danziuk MP for Rochdale states on his newsletter this week: ‘A report published by the housing charity Shelter has named Rochdale as a national hotspot for home repossessions. With hundreds of families having lost their home in Rochdale last year, the Government’s VAT increase, public service cuts and cuts to the Citizens’ Advice Bureau has left many struggling to meet mortgage payments and without access to good debt advice. I fear that a future rise in interest rates will make it even harder for families to keep up with their mortgage payments and could lead to the repossessions crisis deepening.’

MP Simon Danczuk is calling for the Bank of England to delay interest rate rises to help struggling
families. He said: “People are already struggling with high inflation and wage freezes so we don’twant to
see an increase in interest rates making it even harder for families to keep up with mortgage payments.
“This is a difficult time and low interest rates are keeping many homeowners afloat.” Mr Danczuk believes a 17-per-cent jump in home repossessions across England is a result of coalition government policy.

He adds: “The VAT rise has pushed up inflation and short-sighted cuts to the Citizen Advice Bureau
network mean fewer people are able to get the debt advice they need to help them avoid repossessions.

Source: M.E.N & Simon Danzuik Newsletter

West Hollywood Fur Free


american mink After months of campaigning, animal activists have WON the campaign yo make EST HOLLYWOOD the first ever district as “FUR-FREE” in the United States.

The Ordinance will go into effect on September 19th! What this means is that NO business is allowed to sell fur garments of any kind.

Storms NANMADOL und TALAS


Torrential rains and fierce winds have hit south-east Taiwan causing extensive disruption, as Tropical Storm Nanmadol swept over the island.

Thousands of people were evacuated and there were reports of flooding and power cuts across the region.

Taiwan had deployed 35,000 troops to prepare for the storm’s onslaught, but there were no reports of serious damage as the storm’s intensity diminished.

It had already wrought havoc in the Philippines, leaving at least 12 dead.

Tropical Storm Nanmadol – downgraded from a typhoon – brought winds of 135 km/h (84mph), but it largely skirted the island. Taipei escaped the brunt of the storm.

Information source:  BBC  Website – South East Asian correspondence

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Hurricane Irene travels East Coast


Hurricane Irene

Hurricane Irene is making its way to the US east coast its recent attack on North Carolina. There have been three deaths in North Carolina and Virginia, and the hurricane has caused a lot of flooding and damage so far. The hurricane is reported to be 500 miles in width, and has winds of around 140km/h, as it moves slowly northwards.

The city of New York has been estimated to be hit by the hurricane as meteorologists predict the city to be in its path. 2 million people in New Jersey have been ordered to evacuate after warnings of storm surges and flooding. Its governor confirming that “over a million people have left the Jersey shore in the last 24 hours.”

To the north in New York City, 300,000 people living in low-lying areas have been told to leave in an unprecedented mandatory evacuation. New Yorks mayor Michael Bloomberg said the hurricane could be was a “life-threatening” and that it would be dangerous to ignore the order “You have to prepare for the worst case” he said. Barack Obama, who cut short his holiday to return to Washington, had a conference call about the hurricane on Saturday.

Information source: BBC News Website

Reuters News Agency has an update on the Hurricane at the following address : http://www.reuters.com/subjects/hurricanes/hurricane-tracker

Growing Sunflowers in Fukushima


Growing sunflowers may help decontaminate Fukishima Nuclear Power Plant area in years to come

Growing sunflowers may help decontaminate Fukishima Nuclear Power Plant area in years to come

Activists are asking people to plant and grow sunflowers with a goal of de-contaminating soil made radioactive in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. A group of young entrepreneurs and civil servants are asking volunteers to grow sunflowers, then send the seeds to the Fukushima area where they will be planted next year to help clean the soil of contamination.

Fast Company magazine reports that entrepreneur Shinji Handa has sold some 10,000 packets of sunflower seeds to Japanese people at a cost of $6.00 apiece to launch the project. “We will give the seeds sent back by people for free to farmers, the public sector and other groups next year,” said Handa. Besides decontaminating the soil, the organizers hope that the project will promote concern for the afflicted area, as people see a sea of yellow blooms and support the victims of the catastrophe.

Besides the entrepreneurial campaign, Japanese scientists led by a space agriculture professor have already conducted a test by growing sunflowers in the contaminated soil on farmland near the nuclear plant. On July 2 the scientists confirmed that the sunflowers had sprouted. Once the plants have grown and if it is confirmed that they have absorbed significant quantities of cesium, scientists will employ bacteria to decompose the plants, and the result will be treated as radioactive waste.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/sunflowers-may-heal-fukushimas-radioactive-soil.html#ixzz1Roo1f61j

J M Jarre Concert in Manchester


Congratulations to this years MOJO Lifetime Achievement! (the extended Oxygene 4 above is worth is a thank you) and Mr. Jarre will be performing in Manchester at the MEN Arenaon 09-10-2010.

 

 

 

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