March 14, 2011

Today's national/international news

JAPAN EVACUATING PEOPLE OVER FEARS OF NUCLEAR MELTDOWN
Another explosion has rocked the Fukushima nuclear power plant north of Tokyo, and has injured six workers.

It was the second blast at the plant in three days and officials at the plant are scrambling to prevent the reactors from melting down.

Early today, the plant operator said a third reactor lost its cooling capacity, which could lead to another explosion similar to blasts at its other reactors.

200,000 people have been evacuated from a 20 km radius around the plant amid fears of a nuclear meltdown.


ECONOMICS IMPACTS OF JAPAN DISASTER FELT ACROSS GLOBAL MARKETS
The economic impacts of the Japan catastrophe are clearer today, the first business day after Friday's disaster in northeastern Japan.

The Tokyo stock market suffered a major plunge with the Nikkei Index falling 6.2 per cent.

All sectors were hit as investors worried about the disaster's impact on the Japanese economy -- the third largest in the world.

The disaster in Japan is credited with pushing the price of oil under $100,  bringing it down to 99.85 per barrel.

Traders say the catastrophe will trim Japan's demand for oil, thus increasing the supply on the global market.


JAPAN FACING WORST HUMANITARIAN DISASTER SINCE WWII
It’s a monumental task that faces aid workers in what is being called Japan’s worst humanitarian crisis since World War II.

Millions of people have no food, water, housing, or power as a result of the massive quake and subsequent tsunami.

At least 1.4 million houses have gone without water since the quake struck.

Although the official death toll is approaching 4,000, some estimates say it will eventually surpass 10,000.

The Red Cross is accepting donations on their website or over the phone at 1-800-418-1111.


CANADIAN AMONG VICTIMS OF JAPANESE DISASTER
The name has been released of the only Canadian known to have died in the Japanese disaster.

He's Andre Lachapelle, a 76-year-old Quebec missionary who worked in Japan for more than 40 years.

The medical examiner says Lachapelle died of a heart attack while driving to his home in Shiogama as the seven-metre tsunami approached.


TARANTINO SUES BALL
Quentin Tarantino is looking for some peace and quiet and is willing to go to court for it.

The Pulp Fiction director is suing his neighbour, Alan Ball, creator of such popular series’ True Blood and Six Feet Under because Ball’s giant macaws won’t shut up.

Tarantino alleges the large birds screech for hours on end and it’s affecting his ability to complete his latest film project, a western.


SEX SELLS, QUITE LITERALLY
A condom maker is taking the saying "sex sells" very literally.

A new line of contraceptives puts advertising not just on the wrapper, but on the latex itself.

Graphic Armor's new Picture Condoms meet all FDA requirements, and claims they're the first to feature full-color images on the latex. The first branded condom will feature the rock band Kiss and shows Gene Simmons' legendary tongue unfurled.

The retailer is also in talks with entertainment companies, energy drinks and designers to put logos and messages on the condoms.

They come in a 3-pack for $7.99.

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