Samantha Lewthwaite arrest warrant issued by Interpol


A global hunt for Samantha Lewthwaite was under way last night after Interpol issued an international “red notice” for her arrest, describing the terrorist suspect as a “worldwide danger”.
The alert came amid speculation that Lewthwaite, the British widow of the July 7 bomber Germaine Lindsay, was linked to the attack on Nairobi’s Westgate shopping centre in which 67 people, including five Britons, were killed.
Requested by the Kenyan authorities, it calls on Interpol’s 190 member countries to watch for the 29-year-old soldier’s daughter from Aylesbury and apprehend her on sight. The notice could have been prompted by fears the mother of three had gone on the run.
“By requesting the red notice, Kenya has activated a global ‘tripwire’ for this fugitive,” said Ronald Noble, Interpol’s secretary-general.
“Through the Interpol red notice, Kenyan authorities have ensured that all member countries are aware of the danger posed by this woman, not just across the region but also worldwide.”
Interpol issued four colour photographs of Lewthwaite along with the arrest notice. One shows her with long dark hair and pouting at the camera, while the other three show her wearing the Islamic headscarf in various poses.
Neither the Kenyan or British authorities have been able to rule out involvement in the Nairobi attack by Lewthwaite, who converted to Islam aged 15
Survivors who fled the siege by Islamist gunmen in its first hours reported seeing a “pale-skinned woman” among the 10 to 15 attackers who held the mall for four days from last Saturday.
A Kenyan arrest warrant had already been issued for Lewthwaite, known as the White Widow, for charges of possessing explosives and planning bombings in tourist spots in 2011.
She is believed to have fled to Somalia where she is said to be with al-Shabaab, the extremist group that claimed responsibility for the Westgate attack.
The shopping centre remained cordoned off yesterday as Kenyan troops continued to sweep its four floors for explosive devices set by the terrorists.
There were a series of what police called “controlled detonations” throughout the day, with black smoke still
billowing from the shattered building. The final count of people who died in the siege will not be known for at least a week, according to one Western source in Nairobi with close knowledge of the investigations.
Kenyan security forces, with the assistance of Metropolitan Police forensics and bomb disposal experts, have made only a third of the mall safe, and were sweeping another third for explosives devices yesterday. The rest of the four-storey complex had collapsed and now resembled “an earthquake aftermath” inside, the source said.
“It is going to take some time, at least a week, before we can definitively say how many attackers there were, how many civilians died, and for forensics teams to be able to say with confidence what happened,” he said.
According to other sources, several gunmen were killed, several were thought to be in the collapsed part of the structure and another five or so were unaccounted for.
Channel 4 News reported that the suspected leader of the attack was a Kenyan national born to a Christian family who had later converted to Islam.
Citing multiple sources within Somalia and connected to al-Shabaab, it reported that the terrorist, who is believed to have been killed in the siege, was said to have served in the Kenyan special forces before leaving for Somalia and taking the jihadi fighting name of Omar or Umayr.
Lewthwaite is believed to use different identities. (REUTERS)
Separately, a row erupted between Kenya’s defence and police forces and its National Intelligence Service, after claims that agents had warned of the attacks but that their superiors had “suppressed” the reports.
It was reported that a pregnant policewoman had recorded a police statement after her brother, who worked for the NIS, warned her not to visit Westgate last Saturday. The officer is being sought for interrogation.

Accounts of the horror inside the mall continued to emerge. Fred Bosire, a supermarket worker, described how he was shot in the leg as he cowered behind a meat counter and watched several other people being executed.
At one point, the gunmen paused to drink bottles of pop.
“Before long they started to call out for survivors, ‘if you’re still alive, we’ll let you go’, they said,” Mr Bosire said.
“I heard some ladies call out. I wish they hadn’t. I wish they’d held on because I heard them get shot in cold blood.”

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Tragedy strikes at Holmwood again


Once again, tragedy struck the school community of Holmwood Technical High School in Manchester, following a motor vehicle crash yesterday that claimed the lives of four students.

The four died in an early-morning crash on their way to the institution leaving a feeling of sadness over their schoolmates as they learnt of the carnage.

“I’ve seen accidents before, but I’ve never experienced anything like this,” said staff member Patricia Reid-Clarke.

“This one I can’t get past,” she added.

Reid-Clarke said she was among a few teachers travelling behind the ill-fated bus that collided with a truck on the Chudleigh main road.

Reid-Clarke was especially sad about the passing of one student, who she felt could have been saved.

“We just couldn’t get the back door open. You could see her wrenching in pain,” she lamented.

Teacher Avaria Harris said the school had not fully recovered from another crash in January.

“We didn’t have any casualties then, but nothing has been done. If something was done about it, the way these bus men transport these students, it would have stopped,” she said.

“This is just too much, just too much,” she added.

Principal Paul Bailey was a troubled man. He explained that the school has chartered two buses to transport students to and from the institution. But he still had to hear the dreaded phone calls again, just like in April 2011, when four students died.

The principal has heard the rumours that the school is cursed and he is sick of it. He implored the students to be strong.

After an emergency meeting of the school’s administration, a special devotion was held. Guidance counsellors from nearby schools, including Christiana High and Mizpah All-Age, came to offer support.

Cops probe if … SON TIES UP, RAPES MOM


Residents of a rural St Catherine community are still searching for a man who escaped their grasp after he was accused of sexually assaulting his mother, THE STAR understands.

Reports are that on Tuesday about noon, residents heard cries of distress from the mother, who is also sick.

When checks were made, it was revealed that the man had tied up his mother and had been sexually molesting her. It was further revealed that based on information received, the ungodly practice had been going on for some time.

The story only came to light after the woman managed to free herself and ran outside the dwelling house.

As the story reached the ears of residents, an angry mob rushed after the man. He, however, managed to elude them and ran into nearby bushes and reportedly escaped in the area.

The Star was informed that the man is now being sought by the residents, who said they intend to inflict their own brand of justice.

Meanwhile, checks with the police revealed that they have heard of the matter, but have received no formal report. It was revealed that criminal charges could be brought against the son.

It’s Not Fair!


For many years George has served as president of a Christian ministry. Before that, he was a pastor and a professor. He had dedicated his whole life to the spiritual well-being of others. Now he is in his early sixties  and has began to think about retirement. Maybe, after all these years of loyal service, he could slow down a little and enjoy his golden years.

Then he noticed some chest pain. Probably just indigestion, he thought, but maybe he should get it checked out. Sure he had  put a few pounds on, but he was really quite fit. A swimmer all his life, he went to the gym regularly. Still, this new chest pain was worth a doctor’s visit,especially when he started having trouble breathing.

The doctor was concerned enough to send George for some tests, and the tests showed a disturbing mass in his lung. More tests  confirmed it: lung cancer. The condition has four stages, and George was already in stage three. Testing and treatment soon become a full time job. As he waited in doctor’s offices and hospitals, his new reality began to sink in. He needed to get his house in order, because he might not live for much longer.

George is a mature believer. In his various ministries, he has coached many others through similar crises, but even he was not immune to that gut-wrenching question: “”Why me, God?” His co-workers were   stunned during one staff meeting when he broke down crying and left the room. They had looked to him for strength, but now he was struggling.

Sometimes life is just not fair. What did George  ever do to be snatched away from his family like this, from his ministry, from his many friends? With lung cancer, you think about smoking, but George had not  or had never been a smoker, nor had others in his family. He’d lived a healthy lifestyle. Certainly he had not brought this on himself. And if anyone deserved to live a long and healthy life, it was this man. He had given himself in so many ways to so many others, he should get some credit for that, shouldn’t he?

Well, shouldn’t he?

Most of us believe in fairness. One good turn deserves another. You pick up the check today, and I’ll pay next time. In many of our relationships we keep a kind of running tab. We repay kindness with kindness and snubs with snubs. In our human relationships, if a friend owes us a favour and refuses to come through, we feel betrayed. We believe we deserve a better treatment.

We assume that God operates the same way. After all, doesn’t our human sense of fairness derive from God’s eternal justice? It would only make sense for God to honour those who honour him. Good people should get good things in return.

But when we look closely, we can see that the world has never worked like that. Even in the Psalms, we find people complaining that the wicked are prospering at the expense of the righteous. just take a look at Psalms 10 and 73.

So here’s the shocking truth: God isn’t fair, at least not according to our common definitions of fairness. In its totality, the Bible does not promise the righteous person a life of ease, at least not on this earth.

Isaiah 41:10

Do not fear, for I am with you , do not be afraid, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.

Heart pills taken by eight million Britons ‘trigger memory loss’


Heart pills taken by millions of Britons every day to slash cholesterol can trigger memory loss, scientists have found.

People taking statins to protect against a heart attack or stroke may face an increased risk of suffering brain problems, a new study claims.

Statins, taken by about eight million people in the UK, have been hailed as a wonder drug for lowering cholesterol levels and preventing tens of thousands of heart attacks and stroke each year.

But after starting the treatment, some patients complain that their memory is affected.

Last year the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) insisted that all manufacturers include among their list of side effects that statins could affect cognitive function.

Scientists at the University of Bristol tested the effects of two commonly prescribed statins – pravastatin and atorvastatin – on rats.

Pravastatin, with the brand name Pravachol, was found to have adverse effects on working and recognition memory. But the researchers found atorvastatin, with the brand name Lipitor, did not have any effect.

The study, published in PLOS ONE today, found adverse effects of pravastatin on memory could also be reversed by stopping the medication.

Neil Marrion, professor of neuroscience at Bristol’s School of Physiology and Pharmacology and the study’s lead author, said: “This finding is novel and likely reflects both the anecdotal reports and FDA advice.

“What is most interesting is that it is not a feature of all statins.

“However, in order to better understand the relationship between statin treatment and cognitive function, further studies are needed.”

The research looked at adverse effects on memory from prescribed statin medicines, used to lower low-density lipoprotein (LDL) in the blood.

Results showed rat performance for simple learning and memory tasks were impaired when taking pravastatin, but not atorvastatin. They were treated daily with pravastatin or atorvastatin for 18 days.

The rodents were tested in a simple learning task before, during and after treatment, in which they had to learn where to find a food reward.

The rats also performed a task which measured their ability to recognise a previously encountered object, on the last day of treatment and a week after it finished.

Pravastatin tended to impair learning over the last few days of treatment, though this was fully reversed once the rats stopped taking the medicine.

Heart experts say that if five million more people took statins it would cut heart attacks and strokes by 10,000 a year – saving 2,000 lives.

But others warn that not enough is known about the side effects, which evidence suggests can range from muscle aches and tummy upsets to liver and kidney damage.

Yet most cardiologists agree that when used according to current guidelines, the benefits of taking the pills far outweigh the risks.

Osborne bats for bankers’ bonuses citing risk to City from EU cap


George Osborne has launched a legal challenge to the European Union’s cap on bankers’ bonuses, claiming that it will make the financial sector more risky.

In the Treasury’s latest attempt to protect the City from what Osborne regards as damaging meddling from Brussels, the UK lodged a complaint against the bonus cap with the European court of justice.

The new rules, which come into force in January, restrict bonuses to 100% of bankers’ base salary, or up to 200% with explicit shareholder approval.

Bonuses of several times base salary became the norm before the financial crisis, and banks have claimed they will be unable to attract and retain top talent if they are forced to pare back variable pay.

The Treasury said: “Britain has been at the forefront of global reforms to make banking more responsible, including big reductions in upfront cash bonuses and linking rewards to long-term success.

“These latest EU rules on bonuses, rushed through without any assessment of their impact, will undermine all of this by pushing bankers’ fixed pay up rather than down, which will make banks themselves riskier rather than safer.” The Treasury argues that because base salaries, unlike bonuses, cannot be clawed back later if things go wrong, higher levels of basic pay would make financial firms more vulnerable in the event of a crisis.

This challenge is the latest in a series of tussles over European legislation aimed at taming the financial sector.

The Treasury has lodged legal objections against the financial transaction tax planned by several EU member-states, and the power of EU market regulators to ban the short-selling of shares.

The shadow chancellor, Ed Balls, said: “It tells you everything about David Cameron’s government that while Labour are saying ‘let’s get energy prices down for families, let’s help families with childcare, let’s get people back to work,’ he’s sending his chancellor to Brussels to stand up for bankers and bankers’ bonuses.”

Simon Chouffot, a spokesman for the Robin Hood Campaign, said: “It is beyond belief that George Osborne is battling for bankers’ bonuses when he should be fighting for Britain’s best interests.”

As well as claiming that the cap will have the unintended consequence of making the financial sector riskier, Britain is challenging the new regime on several technical grounds.

The Treasury claims the directive has been rushed through before it has been determined exactly which staff it will apply to and that increased disclosure of bankers’ pay might breach individuals’ right to privacy.

Michel Barnier, the EU’s internal market commissioner, said: “I continue to believe that a tough framework for bonuses is necessary to ensure financial stability and that the legal basis chosen is solid.

“Above all, our intention has been to ensure that it is the shareholders who assume their responsibilities and play the determining role when it comes to the remuneration packages for risk-takers in banks.”

Despite challenging the legislation, the Treasury confirmed that Britain would implement the bonus cap while waiting for a ruling from the court.