Home' Greymouth Star : July 13th 2015 Contents Greymouth Star
6 - Monday, July 13, 2015
PICTURE: Getty Images
A father and son play in the snow on Saturday in Mount Buller, Australia.
It might be called the Sunshine
State but Queenslanders are
shivering with Victoria and New
South Wales thanks to the icy cold
snap swirling across south-east
The wintry blast has brought
chilly temperatures, widespread
snow and rain to Victoria and
NSW, but some Queenslanders will
feel the worst of it today.
At least a dusting of snow fell
along the Great Dividing Range
from central Victoria to Tenterfield
on the NSW-Queensland border
as a cold front dragged frigid
sub-polar air across the continent
Yesterday in Melbourne was the
wettest July day in Victoria since
1990, with 27.4mm of rain in the
city by 5pm.
Snow fell to 800m in Victoria and
as low as 700m in NSW.
Five to 10cm of snow fell around
Orange in the central west of NSW.
The blast of Antarctic air has
already stirred strong winds in
parts of Victoria and NSW and
the temperature in Melbourne
dropped to 7.7degC on Saturday.
The temperature in Brisbane was
expected to dip to a low of 16degC
today and 7degC tomorrow.
For the first time in two
years, parts of Queensland are
“There is a slight chance of some
sleet or snow flurries over the
higher terrain of the far south-east
and Granite Belt,” the Bureau of
In NSW, 82kph winds swept
through Thredbo, which was
expected to get 70cm of rain and
blizzard conditions over the next
couple of days — music to the ears
of skiers and snowboarders.
The Illawarra and Hunter have
not yet seen the damaging winds
forecast but a severe weather
warning remains in place. The
icy conditions are due to cold air
coming from the Southern Ocean.
A low pressure system around
Victoria has pushed the cold air
across the interior of NSW and
into the Sunshine State.
Alpine resorts faced a mid-winter
reprieve from their slow season,
with a dump of snow over the
weekend and follow-ups of up to
10cm expected every day this week.
Bureau of Meteorology NSW
forecaster Helen Kirkup said
temperatures were below average.
“The snow along the ranges has
been significant,” she said.
Ms Kirkup said it would be
slightly warmer across NSW today,
with snow down to 1200m in the
south, and dry in the north.
In Victoria, a strong low pressure
system forming east of Gabo Island
will drive more cold winds, rain and
snow to southern and mountain
districts on Monday, bureau Victoria
senior forecaster Phil King said.
“ Most of it will be in Gippsland in
the next 24 hours, with falls ranging
from 20mm in the west grading up
to 100mm in the east,” he said.
Flood watches are in place for
East Gippsland rivers and for the
Yarra and Bunyip rivers closer to
Bureau Queensland forecaster
Sean Fitzgerald said cold, dry air
from the south would bring frost to
inland areas from the Granite Belt
up to the Atherton Tablelands.
There is a 20% chance of snow in
the Stanthorpe area in the Granite
Belt, he said.
Brisbane is expecting a chilly top
of 16degC, but westerly winds of
30 to 45kph will make it feel much
colder. — AAP
An angry crowd hurling stones and
plastic bottles has forced Serbia’s
premier to flee a ceremony marking
the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica
massacre of some 8000 Muslims in
Bosnia, Europe’s worst atrocity since
World War Two.
Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic had
yesterday just laid a flower at a monument
for the Bosnian Muslim men and boys
killed and buried there when the crowd
started chanting “Allahu Akbar” (God Is
Great) and throwing stones.
Vucic ran for cover shielded with
umbrellas by his bodyguards who were
hit by the hail of stones as some in the
crowd shouted insults at the Serbian
Vucic, whose country backed Bosnian
Serbs during and after the 1990s
inter-ethnic war in Bosnia, was among
numerous dignitaries, including former
United States president Bill Clinton,
and tens of thousands of people
attending the commemoration in the
eastern Bosnian town.
The prayers of an imam finally calmed
the irate people in the crowd of mourners
as their attention turned to the burial of
newly-identified massacre victims.
incident, saying Vucic had come to the
town in the “spirit of reconciliation and
intending to pay respect to the victims”.
Srebrenica Mayor Camil Durakovic
added that the attack was “the work
of sick minds who abused this solemn
Serbia for its part described the
incident as an “assassination attempt ”.
“ It is an attack not only against Vucic
but against all of Serbia and its policy
of peace and regional co-operation,”
Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said in a
Vucic later returned to Belgrade
where he told reporters that although
a stone hit him in the mouth he was
not hurt, but his glasses were broken in
“I regret that some did not recognise
our sincere intention to build a sincere
friendship between Serbs and Bosniaks
(Muslims),” he said, adding: “My hand
remains outstretched (to Bosnian
Muslims) and I will continue with my
policy of reconciliation” between the two
Vucic had earlier condemned the
“monstrous crime” in Srebrenica,
where some 8000 Muslim males were
murdered by Bosnian Serb forces who
had captured Srebrenica in July 1995,
near the end of Bosnia’s war.
Serbian and Bosnian Serb politicians
have long denied the extent of the
killing in Srebrenica, although two
international tribunals have described
the bloodshed as genocide — a massive
killing not seen since the German Nazi
regime and its concentration camps
during World War Two.
Yesterday, the remains of 136 newly
identified victims were laid to rest
alongside more than 6000 others already
buried at a memorial centre just outside
the town of Srebrenica.
Although the atrocity occurred 20
years ago, debate continues to rage over
its description as genocide.
Last week western powers clashed
with Russia on the topic when Moscow
— after lobbying by Serbia and Bosnian
Serbs — vetoed a draft United Nations
resolution submitted by Britain that
called for the Security Council to
recognise the mass killing as genocide.
Serbian PM stoned at Srebrenica ceremony
An explosion in a tunnel near Aleppo
Citadel in Syria has damaged a wall of the
fortress that is part of the UNESCO-listed
The blast partly destroyed the wall of
the monumental 13th century citadel
overlooking the Old City, said the official
SANA news agency and the Syrian
Obser vatory for Human Rights.
“A powerful explosion was heard after
midnight Saturday. It was caused by the
blowing up of a tunnel in the Old City near
the Aleppo Citadel,” the obser vatory said.
“The blast caused the collapse of part of
the wall of the citadel,” obser vatory chief
Rami Abdel Rahman said.
The obser vatory said rebels dug the tunnel
“ but it was the regime which blew it up
to prevent them from reaching an army
Abdel Rahman said the explosion was
followed by clashes between rebels and
government forces who are battling for
control of the northern city.
SANA said “terrorists” blew up the
tunnel, damaging the historic citadel.
The Syrian government and its media
describe as “terrorists” the various armed
groups who have been battling to oust
President Bashar al-Assad’s regime since
Rebels in Aleppo, Syria’s second largest
city and pre-war commercial hub, have
often set off explosions in tunnels dug
under military targets before launching
attacks on them.
For the past three years, Aleppo city has
been divided between the government-held
western sector and the rebel-held east.
The Aleppo Citadel, which contains the
remains of mosques, a palace and bath
buildings, is one of several sites in Syria on
UNESCO’s world heritage list.
One of the most famous is the ancient
central city of Palmyra, which was seized
by the jihadist Islamic State group on May
21. — AFP
Blast damages historic citadel in Syria
This view shows a destroyed section of the wall of Aleppo’s ancient citadel as seen from a rebel-held area in Aleppo. A section of the
wall of the ancient citadel was destroyed by an explosion in a tunnel under the city.
Ash is raining down from the so-called
“ Volcano of Fire” in western Mexico and
people living in its shadow are being
relocated after it spectacularly erupted.
The interior ministry said the volcano
in Colima State could continue to spew
lava before waning in a few weeks — or
possibly experience its biggest eruption
in more than a century.
More than 80 people left nearby
communities after the volcano sent a
4km column of ash skyward late on
Ash and lava continued to flow out the
crater on Saturday.
One village at the foot of the mountain,
Yerbabuena, was smothered in up to 5cm
of ash, authorities said, and rain also
tumbled down, adding to the misery.
Ash travelled as far as the city of
Colima, where residents wore masks as
a thin layer of talc-like material covered
streets and cars.
“This is the strongest activity since
2005,” civil protection official Luis
Felipe Puente told local radio.
The interior ministry said the volcanic
activity was “atypical, presenting
conditions similar to those of 1913,”
when a major eruption took place and
covered the region in ash.
The ministry said three scenarios are
possible: A gradual waning of activity in
coming weeks, a 1913-like explosion or
a collapse of the volcano’s dome. — AFP
Mexico’s ‘ Volcano of Fire’ in spectacular eruption
Israeli police said overnight suspects had
been arrested on suspicion of torching a
church revered by Christians as the site of
Jesus’s miracle of the feeding of the 5000 on
the shores of the Sea of Galilee.
The suspects were arrested overnight, a
police spokeswoman said, following a joint
investigation with the Shin Bet internal
undercover security agency.
The suspects are set to face a remand
hearing in the northern city of Nazareth later
As well as extensive fire damage to the church,
a verse from a Hebrew prayer denouncing the
worship of “false gods” was spray-painted in
red on an outer wall of the church, suggesting
Jewish zealots were responsible.
The church was built in the 1980s on the
site of 4th and 5th century houses of worship
that commemorated what Christians revere
as Jesus’s miraculous feeding of 5000 people
with five loaves of bread and two fish.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who
ordered the Shin Bet to launch a top-priority
investigation, described the incident as “an
attack on all of us”.
After the June 18 fire, the Rabbis for
Human Rights group said there had been 43
hate crime attacks on churches, mosques and
monasteries in Israel and the occupied West
Bank and east Jerusalem since 2009.
Dozens of arrests have been made in such
cases, but there have been few indictments
and convictions, with police and prosecutors
acknowledging that the young age of many of
the suspected perpetrators has led courts to
show leniency. — Reuters
Israel police arrest church arson suspects
An Israeli firefighter hoses down burned leaflets in the Church of Loaves and Fishes on
the shores of the Sea of Galilee, northern Israel.
Cape Canaveral (Florida)
Nasa’s New Horizons spacecraft is
closing fast on an unexpectedly spotted
Pluto, the most distant planetary body
From New Horizon’s position more
than 4.88 billion kilometres from Earth,
radio signals, travelling at the speed of
light, take nearly four and a half hours to
reach the ground.
Not that the probe, which has been
traveling toward Pluto for more than
nine years, is currently spending much
time relaying back pictures and data
from its seven science instruments.
With its closest approach to Pluto slated
for 10.49pm tonight, New Horizons is
running on auto-pilot to gather as much
scientific information as possible leading
up to its one-shot punch past Pluto and
its entourage of five known moons.
Data will be radioed back to Earth over
the next 16 months.
“ You have to really be into delayed
gratification if you want to be on this
mission,” New Horizons lead scientist
Alan Stern of the Southwest Research
Institute in Boulder, Colorado, said.
The spacecraft, about the size of a baby
grand piano and weighing in at just over
455kg, does not carry the propellant to
fire braking rockets to slow down and
slip into orbit.
Nasa launched a fleet of initial
reconnaissance missions between 1960
and 1977 to every planet in the solar
system except Pluto.
But after the 1992 discovery that the
solar system had a heavily populated
“ back yard” beyond Neptune, a region
known as the Kuiper Belt, a band of
scientists won their long crusade to send
a probe to Pluto.
Just months after New Horizons
launched, Pluto was formally removed
from the solar system’s primary planets
list and rebranded a dwarf planet.
Pluto and its icy Kuiper Belt kin are
believed to be relics left over from the
formation of the solar system 4.6 billion
years ago. — Reuters
Spotty face of
‘Mini ice age’ on way
Earth is 15 years from a “mini ice
age” that will cause bitterly cold
winters during which rivers freeze
over, scientists have predicted.
Solar researchers at the University
of Northumbria have created a new
model of the sun’s activity which they
claim produces “unprecedentedly
They said fluid movements within
the sun, thought to create 11-year
cycles in the weather, will converge
in such a way that temperatures will
fall dramatically in the 2030s.
Solar activity will fall by 60%
as two waves of fluid “effectively
cancel each other out ”, according to
Professor Valentina Zharkova.
In a presentation to the National
Astronomy Meeting in Wales, she
said the result would be similar to
freezing conditions of the late 17th
century. “(In the cycle between 2030
and 2040) the two waves exactly
mirror each other — peaking at
the same time but in opposite
hemispheres of the sun,” she said.
“Their interaction will be
disruptive, or they will nearly cancel
each other. We predict this will lead
to the properties of a ‘Maunder
Maunder minimum, indicating low
sunspot activity, was the name given
to the period between 1645 and 1715
when Europe and North America
experienced very cold winters.
In England during this “Little
Ice Age”, River Thames frost fairs
were held. In the winter of 1683-
84 the Thames froze over for seven
weeks, making it “passable by foot ”,
according to historical records.
Zharkova said scientists had
known about one dynamo caused
by convecting fluids deep within
the sun, but her research appeared
to have uncovered another. “ We
found magnetic wave components
appearing in pairs, originating in
two different layers in the sun’s
interior,” she said.
“They both have a frequency of
approximately 11 years, although
this frequency is slightly different,
and they are offset in time.
“O ver the cycle, the waves
fluctuate between the northern and
southern hemispheres of the sun.
Combining both waves together
and comparing to real data for the
current solar cycle, we found our
predictions showed an accuracy of
This had helped create a picture
of what would happen in the 2030s.
approximately in phase, they
can show strong interaction, or
resonance, and we have strong solar
activity. When there is full phase
separation, we have conditions
last seen during the Maunder
minimum, 370 years ago.” — PA
A British woman who spent three days waiting
for help after being critically injured in a car
crash that killed her boyfriend has herself died.
Lamara Bell, 25, was found in a car on
Wednesday off a motor way near Stirling in
Scotland and taken to hospital.
“ My sister just passed away,” her brother
Martin Bell wrote on Facebook overnight.
Her boyfriend John Yuill, 28, was killed in the
July 5 crash, which was reported to the police
but was not followed up for 72 hours.
An investigation is under way.
Police Scotland Chief Constable Stephen
House last week apologised to the relatives of
the two victims. — AFP
Woman left for days in crashed car dies
Almoloya de Jurez
Mexican drug lord
Joaquin “El Chapo”
Guzman has escaped
through a 1.5km-long
tunnel under his prison
cell’s shower, authorities
say, marking his
second jailbreak and an
embarrassing blow to the
A massive manhunt was
launched after Guzman
vanished yesterday from
the Altiplano maximum-
security prison, some
90km west of Mexico
The Sinaloa cartel
kingpin, whose empire
stretches around the
globe, had been in prison
for 17 months, since his
recapture in February
After security cameras
lost sight of Guzman,
guards went into the
cell and found a hole
10m deep with a ladder,
Alejandro Rubido said
The gap led to the
1.5km tunnel with a
ventilation and light
system, Rubido said,
adding that its exit was in
a building that was under
construction in central
A motorcycle on a rail
system was found in the
tunnel and is believed
to have been used to
transport tools and
remove earth from the
space, which was 1.7m
high and about 80cm
Rubido said 18
prison guards were
sent to Mexico City
to be interrogated by
suspicion of a possible
Until Guzman escaped,
Rubido said, “the day
had gone on normally
and about 8pm he was
given his daily dose of
checkpoints on the nearby
highway, searching car
trunks and the backs of
trucks and flights were
suspended at the nearby
The Altiplano prison
in central Mexico State
houses the country’s
most notorious drug
lords, murderers and
Guzman’s first break
from prison was in 2001,
when he slipped past
authorities by hiding in a
laundry cart. He had been
arrested in Guatemala in
1993 and that country’s
troops were put on alert
at the border.
Marines had recaptured
him in February 2014
in a pre-dawn raid in
a condo in Mazatlan, a
Pacific resort in Sinaloa
State, with the help of the
US Drug Enforcement
Guzman’s second escape
is sure to embarrass
the administration of
President Enrique Pena
Nieto, who was flying to
France for a State visit
when Guzman fled.
government had won
praise for capturing
the powerful kingpin, a
diminutive but feared
man whose nickname
Links Archive July 11th 2015 July 14th 2015 Navigation Previous Page Next Page