Friday, January 15, 2010

What Friday's papers are saying

Haiti dominates the front pages.

Time is running out says the Guardian as the paper reports that a massive international air and sea lift of aid to earthquake-devastated Haiti was struggling last night to overcome ­obstacles in delivering rescue teams and emergency help to the more than 2 million people in need of immediate assistance.

According to the Independent,Thousands of people injured in Haiti's massive earthquake spent a third night twisted in pain, lying on sidewalks and waiting for help as their despair turned to anger.

The Sun describes a race to help 3 million people reporting that

Thousands of bodies - including those of tiny babies - were strewn across the streets of the capital Port-au-Prince following the devastating earthquake that is feared to have killed more than 50,000 people

Whilst the Times says that,amid the death and devastation in Haiti, remarkable tales of survival have begun to emerge as rescuers search the debris for signs of life after Tuesday’s catastrophic earthquake.

The Telegraph leads with the economy as it reports the comments of George Osbourne who says that for the first time that Whitehall budgets for the financial year which starts in April would be ripped up.

Middle-class families would lose benefits worth £700million a year within days of a Tory government being elected,says the Mail

The Independent reports the comments of former foriegn office minister Kim Howells who says that the succession of British deaths in Afghanistan proved the time had come to abandon the pretence that the UK could be at "the very, very sharp end" of United Nations military operations.

Meanwhile the Guardian says that John Denham, the communities secretary, insists it is time to move on from the one-dimensional debate that assumes all minority ethnic people are disadvantaged

The front of the Mail reports a new mediocal breakthrough.

A test that can detect Alzheimer's up to 20 years before any symptoms show is being developed by British scientists.

According to the Telegraph,The Doomsday Clock, a timepiece measuring how close humanity is to nuclear destruction, has shifted back one minute reminding readers that

In 2007 it was wound on to five minutes to midnight, to reflect the failure to solve problems posed by nuclear weapons.

Finally the Times reports the case of the newly appointed chief constable who has astonished colleagues by suggesting that the supermarket is now too dangerous for him.

Peter Vaughan has been Chief Constable of South Wales for two weeks and was quoted in Jane’s Police Review lamenting that “security considerations” meant someone would have to do his shopping for him in future.

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