Friday, 18 May 2012

Plaque to boys who werekilled by IRA bomb has been stolen who would do this??

The boys were killed when two bombs exploded in 1993
Johnathan Ball, left, and Tim Parry

Thieves have stolen a metal plaque erected in memory of two young boys who were killed in an IRA bomb attack in Warrington, Cheshire.

Tim Parry, who was 12, and Johnathan Ball, aged three, died in 1993 when two bombs detonated in the town centre injuring 54 people.

The A3 size plaque is thought to have a scrap metal value of no more than £30.

Tim Parry's father Colin said the theft was "soulless, heartless and just very offensive".

He said: "My reaction is one of incredulity that somebody would be so heartless and without any conscience, and just calmly walk along and take something that has minimal [cash] value but huge emotional value.
'Disgusting' act
"I find it hard to get into the minds of people who would perform an act like this.

"I appreciate many people are desperate for the money and times are hard but to stoop so low and to do it without at the very least knowing what they are taking is hard to imagine. Their act is all the more disgusting for that."

The plaque stolen from Bridge Street The plaque formed part of the River of Life memorial

The plaque forms part of the River of Life memorial on Bridge Street in Warrington, which was opened by the Duchess of Kent in 1996.

Mr Parry said: "It replicates a passage from the Bible and there is a large rock so that water comes out of it and then flows down a channel into a dome and all along the channel are words and various things to commemorate the bombing and the boys."

Urging the person or people who stole it to return it, he said: "You hope that deep down they do have some thoughts, other than the most basic thoughts that they have had at the moment that they have taken it, and if not bring it back then leave it somewhere where we would find it."

Police said the plaque had been stolen sometime between 20 April and 5 May.

Its disappearance was noticed by a council-employed town centre warden.

PC Graham Davies, of Cheshire Police, said the plaque and memorial were of "great significance to the town".

He said: "We would appeal to anyone who has any information in relation to the theft to come forward."

He said it was "upsetting" for people in the town to discover the plaque had been stolen.

"We would urge anyone who knows the identity of the thief - or the whereabouts of the plaque - to contact us immediately.

"We would also appeal to anyone who may have been offered the plaque for sale to get in touch," he said.

The Bishop of Warrington, the Rt Rev Richard Blackburn, said his prayers were with both families.

He said: "This is senseless vandalism, grieving not only the families but the whole community. I appeal to all who have any information to assist the police and help take this investigation forward.

"My prayers are with the families as they cope with this appalling news."

The two bombs exploded within a minute of each other on 20 March, 1993.

The first went off outside a Boots store and the second outside a McDonald's in an area crowded with shoppers.

The bombing caused widespread public disgust and led to Mr Parry creating the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Trust to promote greater understanding between Britain and Ireland.

Mr Parry, who also set up the Peace Centre in Warrington, was made an OBE for his peace campaigning work.

The metal recycling industry is worth about £5.6bn and employs almost 8,000 people in the UK.

Metal theft is estimated to cost the UK economy £700m a year, with criminals targeting an increasing variety of objects.

These range from cabling, drain covers and lift panels from housing estates, to war and cemetery memorial plaques, children's playground slides and fire escape stairs.

Thefts from churches are also on the increase, with more than 2,500 being reported in 2011, a record high according to insurance company Ecclesiastical, which insures 97% of Anglican churches.

The company is now fitting alarms to some church roofs in an attempt to reduce the thefts.

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Financial markets in disarray as Spain is drawn into the eurozone vorte

Stock markets across Europe slid into the red yet again today and the euro's fall continued as Spain looked like being dragged into the eye of the eurozone storm.

Not only did the bond markets force Spain to pay punitive and unsustainable rates to borrow, but also shares in the country's fourth-biggest bank Bankia plunged 22 per cent as its customers fled.

As markets were already struggling to digest a Greek exit and a possible euro break-up, the FTSE 100 index slid 66.87 points to close at 5,338.38, a 1.4 per cent drop and a six-month low.

Don't look now: Stock markets across Europe are digesting the implications of the eurozone crisis
Don't look now: Stock markets across Europe are digesting the implications of the eurozone crisis

The French and German markets also closed more than 1 per cent down and the euro dropped yet again against the dollar to $1.265, bringing its fall to more than 5 cents in the last two weeks.

A euro was worth $1.45 eight months ago. The Dow Jones was trading 0.6 per cent down on Wall Street, despite some upbeat news on the U.S. economy this week.
With the eurozone storm gathering in intensity, David Cameron issued a dire warning to European leaders on the fate of the single currency.

The Prime Minister warned of ‘perilous economic times’ as he urged Germany and other major European nations to either take responsibility for the monetary union or allow it to break up.

‘The eurozone is at a crossroads – it either has to make up, or it is looking at a potential break-up,’ the Prime Minister said in a speech in Manchester.

The money markets seem to agree with him: while Spain successfully raised €2.5billion in its bond issue today, the borrowing costs soared to unsustainable levels. It paid 5.1 per cent on its three and four-year debt - a full half as much again it had to in March.

In contrast, the safe-haven UK paid just 0.35% today to raise £1.5billion for two years.

'The auction was well covered, however yields sky-rocketed ... How long Spain can continue to pay such high interest is yet to be seen,' said Craig Erlam, market analyst at Alpari (UK).

Spain's benchmark borrowing costs have jumped above 6 per cent since the Greek election raised the prospect of an inglorious exit from the eurozone and a deepening of the bloc's crisis.

At one point this week Spain's benchmark 10-year yield touched 6.5 per cent and currently stands at 6.39 - dangerously close to the critical 7 per cent level that would put Spain in danger of insolvency.

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has warned that the country risked being frozen out of capital markets because of the sky-high interest rates, or yields, it would have to pay to maintain its debt.

Bankia's shares suffered a massive sell-off after a report in national paper El Mundo that customers had withdrawn more than €1billion from their accounts in the past week.

Investors are concerned that a messy Greek exit from the currency bloc could destabilise Spain's financial sector and that the banks might not be able to meet tough new provisioning requirements and require bailouts.

The Government rescued Bankia last week as mounting concerns over its property loans threatened its survival.

Customers of Greek banks are also reported to have withdrawn funds in anticipation of its exit from the euro, adding to anxiety among investors about the lack of a firm plan to deal with the region's worsening crisis.

'It's not Greece leaving the euro that is the major issue, it's the domino effect,' said John Bearman, chief investment officer at Thomas Miller Investment.

A move by the European Central Bank to stop providing liquidity to some Greek banks, which are severely under-capitalised, only added to the pressure.

While a warning from the new French government that it will not ratify the European pact on fiscal discipline unless it is amended to include ambitious commitments to promote economic growth, underscored the spilt a the heart of Europe over how to deal with the debt crisis.

Does sugar make you stupid? Part 1

I was reading the news paper and you will never guess what I found out.

Apparentally too much sugar could be making you stupid, according to researchers.

The suggestion follows tests in the laboratory comparing high-fructose corn syrup, which is six times sweeter than cane sugar and a common ingredient in processed foods, with omega-3 fatty acids, known to aid memory and learning.

In an experiment on rats, one group had a sugary diet for six weeks and another was fed healthily.

At the start of the study, published in the Journal of Physiology, the University of California team tested how well the rats navigated a maze – placing landmarks to help them learn the way. I will publish the other half soon so keep reading,

R.I.P Donna Summer

The singer Donna Summer died this morning aged 63 after a battle with cancer, her family has confirmed.

The star, known as the Queen of Disco, passed away in Florida.

The Seventies icon was battling lung cancer, TMZ is reporting, with sources telling the website Donna believed she contracted the illness by inhaling toxic particles after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York.

Her family released a statement, saying Summer died on Thursday morning and that they 'are at peace celebrating her extraordinary life and her continued legacy'.

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sorry for not posting

Sorry to all of my readers that I have not been blogging the past few weeks. I have just been so busy.

Anyway how many of you have seen HRH Prince Chales doing the weather forcast?????
I just found it so funny. Well if you didn't see him doing the weather forcasts here is a little picture.
Hope you enjoy!!!!