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Shannon Graham, the 15-year-old girl, whose Turkish boyfriend is the prime suspect in her mother’s murder, attended Marion Graham’s funeral service in Northern Ireland this morning.
Marion Graham and her best friend Kathy Dinsmore, both 53, were stabbed to death in a forest near city of Izmir, 75 miles north of the Turkish holiday resort of Kusadasi last Thursday.
Marion Graham’s funeral service took place this morning at St Mary’s Chapel in Newry, County Down, Northern Ireland.
Sad Shannon Graham, victim’s daughter, worn a ring on the third finger of her left hand, but it was unclear whether is an engagement ring.
Turkish waiter, Shannon Graham‘s boyfriend Recep Cetin, originally thought to be 17, but who may be older, is the main suspect in the Izmir double murder.
Shannon Graham (center) attended mother's funeral service in Northern Ireland this morning
[googlead tip=”lista_medie” aliniat=”stanga”]Recep Cetin allegedly killed the women after being refused permission to marry Shannon Graham.
There were hundreds attending the Marion Graham’s funeral service at St Mary’s Chapel in Newry. Marion Graham funeral service was timed to allow mourners to travel to Kathy Dinsmore’s funeral in the nearby town of Warrenpoint.
Sad Shannon Graham attending mother's funeral at St Mary's Chapel in Newry.
Father John Byrne told the mourners in Newry:
“Both families are united in their grief and it is natural that they have so many questions but so few answers.
Losing someone so close as a mother and a dear friend has caused numbness and confusion.”
Father described Marion Graham, who had five children, as “a loving mother and great friend”.
“She lived her life to the full and enjoyed the company of friends and neighbours,” he said.
“Marion was still young and had much more to give in life but any plans and expectations for the future have been cruelly cut short and it will take time for her loved ones to come to terms with this life-shattering episode.”
Marion Graham and Kathy Dinsmore bodies were flown to Dublin on Wednesday and Shannon Graham was among those who accompanied the coffins on their way home.
Canon John Kearney of St Peter’s Church from Warrenpoint, said during Kathy Dinsmore’s funeral service:
“For so many people in this church today, the death of Kathy has turned their world upside down.
We are shocked as individuals and we are visibly shaken as a community when we learned about the unexpected and tragic death of Kathy who was born and reared here in Warrenpoint and was known by so many.
We do not want to believe or accept that a person who was known so well and loved so much is now dead.
In a sense we are paralyzed. We are suspended in disbelief.
Today there is a huge emptiness in our hearts because Kathy has been taken away from us in this way.”
Some regional politicians attended the both victims’ funerals.
Marion Graham and Kathy Dinsmore were very close friends and were on an extended stay in Turkey when the stabbings took place.
Recep Cetin is the prime suspect in Shannon Graham's mother murder.
Recep Cetin, the chief suspect in women’s murder may be held in prison until the end of Ramadan after a prosecutor was appointed to oversee charges.
Recep Cetin, whose true age is not known, will be held in custody for at least another week as the Islamic holy month ends on August 30.
The Turkish waiter, who has eventually confessed to killing the two women in a forest near Izmir, earlier tried to cover up their murders by claiming they had been attacked by a gang of men.
Recep Cetin is alleged to have driven Marion Graham and Kathy Dinsmore to the woodland area of Buca, near Izmir, and killed them. Marion Graham was stabbed in her heart and Cathy Dinsmore had her throat cut.
Reports claim Recep Cetin told police he had pleaded with Marion Graham one last time in the woods to let Shannon Graham stay in Kusadasi and marry him.
But Marion refused, claiming Shannon Graham was too young, and was supported by her friend Kathy.
[googlead tip=”patrat_mare”]At least 7 states – North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Delaware and Connecticut – declared emergencies as Hurricane Irene massively advances toward US Eastern Seaboard.
North Carolina is likely to take the first blow, according to officials.
Hurricane Irene advances toward the Eastern Seaboard with 115-mph winds and officials issued a hurricane warning for the entire North Carolina coast to the Virginia border.
New York officials ordered low-lying hospitals and nursing homes to evacuate.
If Hurricane Irene follows its current projected path, it will make landfall along North Carolina’s Outer Banks on Saturday.
Hurricane Irene passed Bahamas (AP photo).
“The Category 3 storm withdrew from the Bahamas late Thursday, traveling north at 14 mph,” the National Hurricane Center said.
[googlead tip=”vertical_mare” aliniat=”dreapta”] Although North Carolina will take the first hit, “the rest of the Eastern Seaboard is well within the path of this storm,” National Hurricane Center Director Bill Read said.
Chris Christie, New Jersey Governor said: “This could be a 100-year event.”
New York City officials said they might have to suspend all mass transit beginning Saturday. In addition to ordering nursing homes and hospitals in low-lying coastal areas to evacuate ahead of possible flooding, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg advised residents to stay out of parks.
“Because of the high winds that will accompany the storm, we are also urging all New Yorkers, for their own safety, to stay out of parks, where the high winds will increase the danger of downed trees and limbs,” Bloomberg said.
“And incidentally, it’s a good idea to stay out of your own backyard if you have trees there.”
Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial postponed it indefinitely because of the Hurricane Irene.
[googlead tip=”lista_mare” aliniat=”stanga”]More than 50 million people live in the projected path of the storm.
Irene has an outside chance of growing into a Category 4 storm, with sustained winds topping 130 mph. But current forecasts predict it will diminish to Category 2 after pummeling North Carolina, with sustained winds up to 110 mph as it plows into Virginia, Maryland and Delaware.
North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue declared an emergency in all counties east of Interstate 95, about a quarter of the state, and officials set up emergency shelters inland. President Obama declared North Carolina an emergency too, expediting federal help.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency established a depot for food, water, generators, baby formula and other emergency supplies at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, as well as at McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey and Westover Air Reserve Base in Massachusetts.
Up to 200,000 tourists and residents are affected by evacuation orders in North Carolina alone, with states to the north rushing to prepare their own evacuation plans. Forecasters said Irene was so big and powerful that severe road flooding and widespread electrical outages were likely, especially in the Northeast, where the ground is saturated from recent rains.
“This is a very dangerous storm,” said Dorothy Toolan of the Dare County Emergency Management office in Manteo, North Carolina, across the Roanoke Sound from Nags Head.
“People really need to take this seriously.”
Hurricane Irene would be the first hurricane to hit the US mainland since Ike devastated the Texas coast in 2008.
Kenny Chesney’s concert at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts planned for Sunday, August 28 was rescheduled for Friday, August 26 due to Irene Hurricane threat.
Gillette Stadium officials and promoters decided to reschedule the country singer Kenny Chesney’s “Goin’ Coastal Tour” to Friday night for safety reasons, due to upcoming hurricane threat. [googlead tip=”lista_mare” aliniat=”stanga”]
“Due to the US National Hurricane Center’s forecast that hurricane-level storms may occur in New England on Sunday, August 28, local officials, promoters, Kenny Chesney, and his team have decided for safety reasons to push Chesney’s Sunday, August 28 concert at Foxboro’s Gillette Stadium to Friday, August 26.”
Kenny Chesney's Foxboro Show was rescheduled for Friday, August 26.
[googlead tip=”patrat_mediu” aliniat=”stanga”] Promoter Louis Messina of TMG/AEG Live said:
“Our first and foremost priority is the fans’ safety, so, we have made the difficult decision to reschedule the show.”
“All tickets for Sunday’s show will be honored on the new date, and the line-up and set-times will remain the same. There will be no show on Sunday, August 28th.”
“I want the last weekend of the ‘Goin’ Coastal’ Tour to be a great expierence for everybody. But I also want it to be the safest experience for everyone,” said Kenny Chesney.
“I’ve always said Foxboro is a highlight of our tour, because the fans are ready for a great night of music and fun no matter what night it is!”
James Nolan, Gillette Stadium Senior Vice President of Finance, Administration and Operations said:
“I think it was a combination of safety as well as fan enjoyment, if we do have hurricane type weather, we don’t want people on the roads, we don’t want people in the parking lot, we don’t want them in the building, but more so with the rain we’re projected to get it makes for a really bad experience for people, so moving it seemed like the right decision.”
Crews were already constructing the stage for Kenny Chesney’s show on the field Wednesday afternoon.
James Nolan added:
“Logistically it’s a pretty big deal, on easier side is the stage behind us, we were scheduled to be done on Friday anyways, but really shifting staffing from all the public safety officials, all the support teams and then all the stadium staff and security – from parking to food and beverage, that’s kind of the difficult piece of the equation.”
As crews continue their work inside Gillette Stadium, officials are asking Kenny Chesney’s concert goers to plan accordingly now that the first concert will be on a weekday.
“We ask people to come early, our parking lots open at two o’clock, to avoid rush hour traffic, our stadium gates open at four pm, and the show is scheduled to start at five,” Nolan said.
For fans, who are not able to make Kenny Chesney’s Friday show, refunds will be offered at point of purchase.
Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck, 39 year-old actors, are expecting their third child. [googlead tip=”patrat_mare”]
Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck’s representatives confirmed the news that they are expecting the third child to the Associated Press on Monday.
According to the Associated Press, Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck couple is “thrilled” over the news.
Jennifer Garner is pregnant with the third child.
Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck, who married in 2005, have two children – Violet, 5, and Seraphina, 2.[googlead tip=”patrat_mic” aliniat=”stanga”]
Jennifer Garner told Parents magazine in 2009 about her joy over being a mom that “it opened her heart.”
“The best part of being a mom is the kid herself — that you get to have this little person be your friend and hang out with you (and drive you crazy!),” Jennifer Garner told Parents magazine at the time.
“Obviously your life changes and your heart expands, and it’s something you can’t even put into words without sounding incredibly sentimental and cliched — both of which I am! But what it really is, is this new being is there, which is just the most fun ever.”
While Jennifer was pregnant with Seraphina, she used pregnancy as an excuse to enjoy more sweets.
“I always have cravings,” Jennifer Garner told Parents magazine.
“It doesn’t matter if I’m pregnant or not! I use pregnancy as an excuse to say I’m craving ice cream and chocolate, but really, that’s just me.”
[googlead tip=”lista_mica” aliniat=”stanga”]Jennifer Garner spent last weekend promoting a new movie — “The Odd Life of Timothy Green,” co-starring “Warrior’s” Joel Edgerton — at Disney’s D23 Expo in Anaheim, California.
Jerry Lewis, the comedy veteran was reported Sunday to be returning as host and chairman of Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Labor Day annual Telethon, but Monday, the newspaper which published the information, made the correction.[googlead tip=”patrat_mediu” aliniat=”dreapta”]
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal Sunday report, Jerry Lewis had been “reinstated” at the annual fundraising MDA event after, based on a source close to the comedian report.[googlead tip=”lista_mica” aliniat=”dreapta”]
On Monday, Las Vegas Review-Journal came back on the subject and said that the source “intended to say Lewis and the MDA had reconciled, not that Lewis had been reinstated.”
Jerry Lewis is not back for 2011 MDA Labor Day Telethon.
Candi Cazau, a Jerry Lewis representative said:
”Jerry Lewis being reinstated as the host of the MDA telethon is not accurate.”
Last May, it had been announced that Jerry Lewis, who hosted the MDA Telethon for 45 years, would be retiring after the 2011 show.
At the beginning of August, came the surprising news that Jerry Lewis was no longer the MDA’s national chairman and would not take part in 2011 MDA Telethon.
[googlead tip=”vertical_mediu” aliniat=”stanga”] Jerry Lewis first telethon in 1966 was carried by a single New York station and raised more than $1 million.
In 2010, telethon brought in nearly $59 million for muscular dystrophy and ALS research.
The Muscular Dystrophy Association has already announced its star-studded lineup for the event which will be held on September 4.
JerryLewis was presented with a lifetime achievement award Saturday night at the Nevada Broadcasters Association’s Hall of Fame ceremony in Las Vegas, where he made no mention of the telethon.
Best known for his slapstick humor in multiple entertainment formats, Jerry Lewis launched his career with Dean Martin in 1946 when the duo created the comedy team of Martin and Lewis.
Fire broke out last night at Richard Branson’s Caribbean Great House on Necker, his private isle in the British Virgin Islands.
Actress Kate Winslet was among the Richard Branson’s 20 guests who were forced to run after a fire sparked by a lightning strike swept through the Virgin’s boss opulent home on the tycoon’s private Caribbean island.[googlead tip=”patrat_mare”]
Richard Branson said about 20 guests were accommodated in the eight-bedroom Great House on Necker, where fire broke up.
Richard Branson’s daughter, Holly, who will marry shipbroker Freddie Andrews on the island at the end of this year, and his 90-year-old mother, Eve, were also among guests forced to flee the Great House.
The Virgin’s boss, 61, his wife, Joan, and son, Sam, were on the island but were staying in another house about 100 meters away from Great House.
Fire broke out last night at Richard Branson's Caribbean Great House on Necker, his private isle in the British Virgin Islands
Richard Branson said the fire broke out during a storm, and his son Sam managed to help evacuate Kate Winslet and other guests.
“The Great House was completely destroyed and the fire was not yet entirely extinguished this morning.”
Caribbean has been buffeted by tropical storms in recent days, with the one passing over Necker Island last night today picking up speed to become the first hurricane of the season.[googlead tip=”patrat_mic” aliniat=”dreapta”]
Hurricane Irene hit Puerto Rico this morning, sending residents fleeing for shelter in refuges and knocking out electricity across half of the US administered island, including the capital San Juan.
From his ablaze Great House on Necker Island, Sir Richard Branson said:
“We had a really bad tropical storm with winds up to 90mph. A big lightning storm came around 4am and hit the house.
My son Sam rushed to the house and helped get everyone out.
Kate Winslet, her boyfriend and her family were there, and Holly and some of her friends were also staying.
Many thanks to Kate Winslet for helping to carry my 90 year mum out of the main house to safety – she was wondering when a Director was going to shout CUT!
The main house is completely destroyed and the fire is not yet completely out. My office was based in the house and I have lost thousands of photographs and my note books which is very sad.
But all family and friends are well – which in the end is all that really matters.”
Kate Winslet was among Richard Branson's 20 guests at Great House on Necker Island
Sir Richard Branson added:
“It’s very much the Dunkirk spirit here. We want to rebuild the house as soon as we can.
We have a wonderful staff here and we want them to stay in work. There’s a lot of damage but we’ll create something even more special out of the ruins.
Thanks again for all the kind messages you have sent – they mean a lot.
Currently just huddled up with family and friends in the continuing tropical storm realizing what really matters in life.”
According to a Virgin spokesman today’s statement:
“In the early hours of this morning, a fire took place on Necker Island, causing substantial damage to the Great House.
While the cause at this stage is unknown, it is thought most likely due to a lightning strike.
While substantial damage was caused to the building, no guests or members of the Necker Island staff were hurt.
Sir Richard Branson, members of his family and guests were on the island at the time.
They are all safe and currently being accommodated elsewhere on the island.”
[googlead tip=”lista_medie” aliniat=”stanga”]Richard Branson bought Necker Island in the early 1980s, when he was just 28, and work on the Great House began in 1982.
3 years of work and an estimated $10million turned into a private island retreat.
In 2010, Richard Branson gave Oprah Winfrey show presenter Nate Berkus a tour of island. He told Nate Berkus the reason of buying the island was the pursuit of his wife, Joan.
“I was about 26-years-old, I was chasing this beautiful lady, trying to persuade her to come live with me and we discovered this beautiful island.
I somehow managed to get the island, get the lady and get the mother of my children.
I appreciate every moment of my life. I was born under a lucky star.”
The Necker Island complex is used by the Branson family as well as friends, but can also be rented out – but at huge prices.
The complex offers accommodation for 28 people and could be hired at $53,000 to $54,000 a day.
The price includes 2 private beaches, private pools, tennis courts, breathtaking views, a personal chef, about 60 staff and a wide array of water sports equipment.
Each bedroom has its own balcony, four-poster bed and en-suite bathroom.
All have open walls giving a 360-degree view and cooling winds from any direction in the house.
[googlead tip=”patrat_mediu” aliniat=”stanga”]Muscular Dystrophy Association has reconsidered its recent decision to drop comedian Jerry Lewis as the chairman and host of MDA Labor Day Telethon?
In an unexpected reversal, Jerry Lewis was reinstated Saturday to the MDA Labor Day Telethon he has hosted since 1966, according to a source close to comedian, Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.
Jerry Lewis, 85, has been MDA’s national chairman since the early 1950s and has hosted the MDA Labor Day Telethon since 1966.[googlead tip=”patrat_mic” aliniat=”dreapta”]
Jerry Lewis reinstated as MDA Labor Day Telethon host
Last May, Jerry Lewis made the announcement that he was retiring as host of the telethon, but added that he would make a final appearance on 2011 show and planned on continuing to serve as Muscular Dystrophy Association’s national chairman.
R. Rodney Howell, MDA Chairman of the Board said in a statement that Lewis “will not be appearing on the telethon” and “we will not be replacing him as MDA national chairman.”
Rodney Howell added that Lewis “is a world-class humanitarian and we’re forever grateful to him for his more than half century of generous service to MDA.” [googlead tip=”lista_medie” aliniat=”stanga”]
Jerry Lewis received a lifetime achievement award from the Nevada Broadcasters Association Saturday, claiming that he made his reputation in show business by saving lives.
“I made my reputation in this business caring for what I did, caring for the people that I did it for,” Jerry Lewis said.
Jerry Lewis made no mention of coming back to MDA Telethon while accepting his lifetime achievement award.
[googlead tip=”patrat_mediu” aliniat=”stanga”]Raymond McGuinness, one of the Izmir murders victim’s ex-husband arrived in Turkey yesterday evening to comfort his distraught daughter, Shannon Graham.
Saturday afternoon, Raymond McGuinness, accompanied by his son David, went to the central courthouse of Izmir to identify the bodies of Marion Elizabeth Graham, his ex-wife and her best friend, Kathy Dinsmore, through photographs.
When he was leaving the court, Shannon Graham’s father said:
“I have met Shannon earlier today, and she is very upset.”
“Once the identification process is over, then we will try to repatriate the bodies back to Ireland, but that won’t be until mid-week.”
“This is clearly a very distressing time for us, and so we would like a bit of privacy.”
Shannon’s father described his ex-wife, one of the Izmir murders victims, as “the life and soul of the party” who “adored Shannon”.
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Shannon Graham called the police when her mother and her best friend, Kathy Dinsmore, failed to return from a daytrip with Cetin Recep, who is also known locally by the name Alex.
According to local media reports Cetin Recep stabbed Marion Graham, 54, in the heart and cut Kathy Dinsmore’s throat. Both women were stabbed as many as 15 times.
Cetin Recep confessed the Izmir murders.
Cetin Recep clashed with Shannon Graham’s mother, Marion, last week when she learned he had kicked Shannon during a fight.
Raymond McGuinness said Marion Graham “went ballistic” and warned Cetin never to lay a finger on her daughter again.
McGuiness said also that Cetin Recep had threatened to kill Marion but that Shannon had dismissed the threat as “just words”. The young Turkish waiter, Cetin Recep, was a “possessive” and jealous boyfriend, who became “besotted” with Shannon when they met about one and a half year ago at the restaurant where he worked.
Last Thursday, Cetin recep took Marion Graham and her best friend, Kathy Dinsmore on a shopping trip to Izmir, while Shannon was in a boat trip for the day.
Cetin’s uncle, who wanted to remain anonymous, said:
“They left by taxi for Izmir, where his father Eyup runs a shop. There, Cetin took a family car to drive the women out to the woodland area of Buca where he murdered them.”
“A friend of Cetin’s called me and said Cetin was at the police station and had been stabbed. I don’t have a lot of time for my nephew – he’s disrespectful and arrogant but he’s family and so I had to go and see.”
“When I arrived at Kusadasi police station, Cetin and Shannon were both there. Cetin had a cut bandaged on his hand. I spoke to him for a few minutes and he told me a story about three men in a black van.”
“He couldn’t explain how he returned to Kusadasi.”
“I talked to Shannon at the station. She seemed very calm and was coming up with suggestions as to who the men in the black van might be. She wasn’t sobbing or crying.”
One of the Recep Cetin’s friends told Turkish police that Cetin had dumped a bag in a bin near family house. Investigators discovered Cetin’s blood-stained clothes.
Recep Cetin’s uncle added:
“I think his story fell apart and after a few further hours of interrogation, Cetin broke down and confessed.”
“He told police that Marion planned to take Shannon back to Ireland, effectively ending their romance.”
“Cetin and Shannon were very much in love.”
“They had been virtually inseparable for the last two years. Shannon’s been coming here since she was a child – she’s well known on Ladies Beach.”
“Everyone knew she was Cetin’s girlfriend. They would argue – that’s quite normal. I think he slapped her once or twice.”
“He would get cross if she sunbathed topless – those things are quite common here with Muslim men dating independent Western women.”
The horrible Izmir murders shocked and sickened the predominantly Irish holidaymakers in Kusadasi, the Turkish popular Aegean resort.
The horrible Izmir murders shocked and sickened the predominantly Irish holidaymakers in Kusadasi
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Another friend of Cetin, Veli, from Sundial Tours, known as Slim Jim confirmed that both teenagers were serious about each other:
“Recep was like a younger brother to me. Yes, he could be a bit headstrong but he was a 17-year-old lad. He had the odd fight but nothing serious.”
“He never pushed Shannon to convert to Islam.. He was comfortable with her western style of dress. He knew short skirts and bikinis were normal for her.”
“I’m stunned about what’s happened. It just doesn’t make sense. They could have waited a couple more years and married anyway without her mum’s permission. It’s a terrible tragedy.”
Dan Doyle – ex-husband of the other Izmir murders victim, Kathy Dinsmore – suffered an astonishing tragic coincidence when his second wife died on the same day.
Dan Doyle, from Newry, Ireland – Kathy Dinsmore’s ex-husband – was mourning the death of his second wife, Colette Doyle, who died suddenly in hospital on Thursday, the same day as the Izmir murders.
Kathy Dinsmore and her best friend Marion Graham were murdered in a forest, near the city of Izmir, 70 miles from sunshine resort of Kusadasi after they objected to a Turkish teenager, Recep Cetin, marrying Marion Graham’s 15-year-old daughter, Shannon.
It is understood that Dan Doyle and Kathy Dinsmore have been divorced for several years and that he subsequently married Colette with whom he had three children.
Colette Doyle died suddenly in Craigavon Area Hospital on Thursday, leaving six children – Gareth, Kevin, Brendan, Conlin, Hannah and Danielle. Another child, Darryl, tragically died previously.
Recep Cetin, Turkish waiter who has confessed the murders of two British women in a forest near Izmir city on Thursday has been charged with stabbing to death Marion Graham and her friend Kathy Dinsmore.
Recep Cetin, 17, initially tried to cover up their murders by claiming they had been abducted by a gang of men.
The teenager has been charged with stabbing to death Marion Graham, 54, following a row over her daughter Shannon, 15, who he was dating.
He drove Marion Graham and her friend Kathy Dinsmore, 54, to a forest near Izmir and stabbed them. Marion Graham was stabbed in her heart and Kathy Dinsmore had her throat cut.
Shannon Graham and Recep Cetin, who has been charged with stabbing to death Shannon's mother.
Recep Cetin, who is now in police custody, was a well-known figure on the beachfront at the Turkish[googlead tip=”vertical_mic” aliniat=”dreapta”] resort of Kusadasi, at the Aegean Sea, westside of the Turkey, and was nicknamed Alex by British tourists.
The young man, who dropped out of school at 13, had been dating Marion Graham’s daughter, Shannon, for 18 months. Last May, he rented a villa in Kusadasi which he shared with Shannon, Marion Graham and Kathy Dinsmore.
Marion and Shannon Graham, who both lived in County Down, Northern Ireland, but travelled on Irish passports, used to spend the summertime in Turkey.
Marion Graham was stabbed in her heart by Recep Cetin.
Their Kusadasi neighbors said they often heard shouting and arguing coming from villa.
One resident said:
“They didn’t really fit in here. It’s a very quiet, friendly place. There was a lot of aggression and raised voices – we kept our distance.”
Local media reports claim Recep Cetin told police he had pleaded with Marion graham one last time in the woods to let Shannon stay in Kusadasi and marry him. But woman refused, claiming Shannon was too young, and was supported by her friend Kathy Dinsmore.
Last Thursday, Cetin offered to take Marion and her friend on a shopping trip to Izmir, 70 miles away, after dropping off Shannon to go on a boat trip.
According to Recep Cetin’s uncle, who has asked not to be named, the teenager then used a local taxi to ferry women to Izmir where his father Eyup runs a corner shop. From Izmir, Recep Cetin took a family car to drive them out to the woodland area of Buca.
[googlead tip=”lista_mare” aliniat=”stanga”]Recep Cetin returned to Kusadasi where he claimed a black van had pulled up in the forest with three men inside. He also said the men tried to abduct Marion and Kathy, and while trying to fight them off he was cut on the hand and knocked unconscious.
Recep Cetin was a well-known figure on the beachfront at the Turkish resort of Kusadasi
But according to his uncle his story was unconvincing.
“When I arrived at Kusadasi police station Cetin and Shannon were there. Cetin had a cut bandaged on his hand. He couldn’t explain how he returned to Kusadasi.”
“After a few hours of interrogation Cetin broke down and confessed to killing the women. He told police Marion planned to take Shannon back to Ireland, ending their romance and they were heartbroken.”
Turkish police initially arrested Cetin’s father, Eyup Cetin, and the taxi driver that had taken the group to Izmir.
Marion Graham, who was divorced from Shannon’s father, had remarried a Turk named Yucel but they have separated. Shannon’s father, Raymond McGuinness also owns an apartment in Kusadasi.
Raymond McGuiness arrived in Izmir Saturday after flying from Ireland to be with his daughter and to identify the bodies.
“I have met Shannon and she is very upset. This is clearly a very distressing time for us.”
Recep Cetin has been further remanded in custody but his father, Eyup, and the taxi driver were released.
Recep Cetin cut Kathy Dinsmore's throat.
Last night it emerged that Kathy Dinsmore’s ex-husband, Dan Doyle, suffered a double tragedy last week when his current wife, Colette, 54, died in hospital on the same day Kathy was killed. Colette, the mother of three of Mr Doyle’s children, died suddenly in Craigavon Area Hospital, Portadown, on Thursday.
[googlead tip=”patrat_mare”]Belgian festival Pukkelpop 2011 deaths toll raised to five after a severe storm struck, knocking down screens and collapsing tents and stages, officials said on Friday.
Another eight festival attendees were seriously injured according to Hilde Claes, mayor of the eastern Belgian city of Hasselt, were festival have been held. The mayor also told Belgian television that some 65 people had more minor injuries.
Belgian Pukkelpop 2011 deaths toll raised to five.
[googlead tip=”lista_medie” aliniat=”stanga”]About 65,000 mainly young people were attending Pukkelpop 2011 when the storm struck early in the evening. Many were sheltering in large festival tents, which were whipped away by the wind.
“The storm struck in an incredibly sudden way,” said Hilde Claes, who was there.
“It was a real whirlwind. I have never seen anything like it in Hasselt before.”
The three-day Pukkelpop 2011 was set to have featured rapper Eminem, Foo Fighters, 30 seconds to Mars and The Offspring among others.
According to a post on Pukkelpop 2011 official website, the organizers decided early on Friday to cancel the rest of the festival.
“Pukkelpop is in deep mourning. We truly sympathise with the families and friends of the victims.
Words are not enough. We have struggled with the decision to continue the festival. Therefore we have decided to cancel Pukkelpop 2011.
What has happened is very exceptional and could not have been predicted. We are deeply moved by… “
[googlead tip=”vertical_mediu” aliniat=”stanga”] Pukkelpop is an annual music festival which takes place near the city of Hasselt, Belgium in mid-to-late August. It is held within a large enclosure of fields and woodland – between a dual carriageway called Kempische Steenweg – in the village of Kiewit, approximately 7 km north of Hasselt. It is the second largest music festival in the country after Rock Werchter, with an attendance rate of 180,000 over the course of the event in 2009.
The programme is noted for its wide variety of alternative music, spanning styles such as rock, pop, electronic, dance, hip-hop, punk and heavy metal. The event’s organizers aim the festival to be a “progressive and contemporary” musical event. Notable acts that have performed at previous editions include Sonic Youth, The Mission, Ramones, Nirvana, The Sisters of Mercy, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young, The Smashing Pumpkins, Radiohead, Foo Fighters, Metallica, Green Day, Guns N’ Roses, Pixies, Daft Punk, The Prodigy, Nine Inch Nails and Iron Maiden. The term “pukkel” is the Dutch word for “pimple”.
The Belgian tragedy comes just five days after another five people died when an outdoor concert stage collapsed in heavy winds at the Indiana State Fair in the United States.
[googlead tip=”vertical_mic”]Two stages of the Belgian music festival Pukkelpop 2011 have collapsed after a sudden storm and at least 3 people died.
The victims were all attending Pukkelpop 2011 festival near the town Hasselt, east of Brussels, when the storm struck, bringing the stages down.
Hilde Claes, the mayor of the town of Hasselt, where Pukkelpop festival is held each year, confirmed two of the deaths earlier this evening, but reports emerging from Belgium have said that at least 3 festival-goers have been killed. The mayor also said those injured are taken to several nearby hospitals. Some of those lightly injured were being treated at a local sports complex.
Two stages of the Belgian music festival Pukkelpop 2011 have collapsed after a sudden storm and at least 3 people died
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Hugo Simons, Hasselt’s head of emergency planning, told VRT radio that 11 people were severely injured while 60 have light injuries as a result of the storm.
More than 20 ambulances were dispatched to the Pukkelpop ground.
“We have for now put the festival on hold until we understand the situation completely.”
Earlier reports of the Belgian media said four people had been killed.
The stages were destroyed by falling trees during severe storms.
3 deaths and 71 people injured after stage collapsed at Pukkelpop festival in Belgium
[googlead tip=”lista_medie” aliniat=”stanga”]The situation is still unclear at Pukkelpop festival’s location, about 75 km east of Belgium capital, Brussels.
According to NME, the rest of the night’s schedule will more-than-likely be called off. Rap star Eminem is due to headline the concert tomorrow night.
Jared Leto, lead singer of 30 Seconds to Mars, was due to headline on the collapsed stage later tonight. He has just tweeted:
”Serious injuries at the festival. More bad weather poss heading this way. Please take care and caution!”
Local TV footage from the scene, showed fallen stage rigging and people scrambling for cover and rain-soaked festival attendees bracing against strong winds. Fallen gantries and rigging could be seen on the ground.
Belgian media reported that trees were uprooted by the violent storm and smashed into the stage, bringing it down.
Some festival-goers said on the Twitter website that a tornado had struck.
According to BBC, the storms swept across Belgium in the early evening, turning the sky dark.
About 60,000 people were believed to attend the three-day Pukkelpop music festival, one of Europe’s largest outdoor festivals.
This evening, Pukkelpop organizers posted on the festival website:
“The Pukkelpop organisation has decided to cancel all shows tonight out of respect for the victims. We want to make our hearts and our minds silent for the festival goers that we lost and the ones that were injured.”
Last week, 5 people were killed at Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis, US, when a stage collapsed in high winds.
[googlead tip=”vertical_mic”]Republican Michele Bachmann, 55, won the Iowa Straw Poll Saturday, affirming her status as a top-tier candidate in the Republican race to challenge President Barak Obama in 2012.
Michele Bachmann received 28% of the nearly 17,000 votes cast. The Texas Republican, Ron Paul was close behind her with 27%. Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty came in a distant third with 13% of the vote, followed by former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum with 9% and businessman Herman Cain with 8%.
Michele Bachmann received 28 percent of the nearly 17000 votes cast
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The daylong political festival was the first indication of how these Republicans are faring with the Grand Old Party (GOP) base. Nine candidates were on the ballot, and voting ran for 6 hours on the campus of Iowa State University.
Voters came in from far and wide, some of the candidates organizing bus caravans to bring backers to the event. In the past the turnout has ranged from 14,000 to 23,000.
Free hamburgers and ice cream were provided and some candidates even paid the $30 entry fee for their supporters to vote in the Iowa Republican Straw Poll.
Sunday morning, it was the ultra-conservative Tea Party favourite Michele Bachmann who was doing the rounds of the talkshow studios on the big television networks, while the former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, a poor third, became the first hopeful to announce he was dropping out of the race.
For Michele Bachmann, who won 28% of votes cast, it was the latest success in a rapid rise from local politics to Republican frontrunner.
As the result emerged late on Saturday, Bachmann, standing on the steps of her campaign bus, shouted what has become her slogan, just as “hope and change” was for Obama.
“You have just sent a message that Barack Obama will be a one … term … president.”
“I think what people see in me is I’m a real person, I’m authentic,” she said.
Michele Bachmann compared herself to Ronald Reagan, who is saw as one of the party’s giants by Republicans, in being guided by a core set of principles.
“I don’t compromise my core principles. That’s how you lead, you lead from principles.”
Bachmann’s weekend victory provides important momentum for her campaign and can expect an influx of financial support, but the bigger question for Republicans is whether her appeal can be broad enough to seduce enough voters in the November 2012 presidential election. Although there are eight declared candidates, realistically only three are still in the race: Michele Bachmann, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and the Texas Governor Rick Perry, who announced his candidacy on Saturday.
Although Michele Bachmann won the Iowa Straw Poll, her vote is soft, with many still undecided.
Sue Matejka, 65, reflects the fluidity of Iowa Republicans. She travelled the three hours from her home in Olin, Iowa, to Ames for the Straw Poll in a bus paid for by Tim Pawlenty but, despite accepting his largesse, had no qualms about voting for Michele Bachmann.
“I am undecided,” she said. For her, the overriding imperative is a candidate who will unseat Barack Obama.
“It is between Bachmann and Perry. I haven’t heard enough about Perry. What is on paper looks good. What he has done for Texans is good,” she added.
Michele Bachmann has risen fast since being elected to Congress in 2006. She has made the most of frequent appearances on television, particularly Fox News, where she is a favourite because of her ultra-conservative views.
She is one of the most high-profile figures, along with Sarah Palin, in the Tea Party movement. In line with Tea Party principles, she adopted a hardline position during the debt crisis, saying she would not vote for raising the national debt ceiling and on Sunday repeated her view that deep cuts in federal spending were vital.
But it is her views on social issues that helped secure her win in Iowa, one of the most socially conservative states in the country outside of the south. Before joining Congress, she prayed outside abortion clinics.
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Michele Bachmann is also one of the most outspoken critics of homosexuality, co-owning with her husband, Marcus, a clinic in Minnesota where, according to an ABC report by an undercover team, counsellors encourage gay people to pray to get rid of homosexual urges.
“It’s a very sad life. It’s part of Satan, I think, to say this is gay. It’s anything but gay,” she said in a speech in 2004.
While such views on social issues go down well in Iowa, Republicans know such statements will alienate many of the independent voters who decide elections nationwide.
Bachmann’s biggest problem is the entry into the race of Texas Governor Rick Perry, who is a strong candidate. While Perry holds many of the same views as Bachmann on social issues, he said that while he is opposed to same-sex marriage in Texas, he thinks it is fine for New York, saying that is the prerogative of each state to decide. As governor of a state with the best record of job growth in the country, Rick Perry is better placed than Michele Bachmann to take on Barak Obama on the economy. Michele Bachmann acknowledged she cannot win on social issues alone and shifted the emphasis in her round of television interviews on Sunday to the economy.
“It will be an economics election.”
Rick Perry, who announced his candidacy earlier Saturday, came in 6th place with 3.6% of the vote, ahead of GOP front-runner Mitt Romney, former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich of Georgia and former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman, all of whom didn’t compete in the contest.
The poll results are nonbinding, amount to a popularity contest and offer candidates a chance to test their get-out-the-vote organizations.
Michele Bachmann’s victory may provide a road map for the Iowa campaign heading into the caucuses that are just four months away. But the straw poll has a mixed record of predicting the winner of that contest.
In 2008, Romney won the straw poll, but the big news was the surprising second-place showing of former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. Huckabee won the Iowa caucuses, but dropped from the race soon after. McCain, who eventually won the nomination, didn’t compete in the straw poll and finished in 10th place.
Meanwhile, Barak Obama, dropping in the polls and aware of the boost Republicans received from four days of campaign events in Iowa that attracted 700 journalists, heads off on Monday on a three days bus tour of the mid-west, including Iowa. A CNN poll last week put Obama on 47%, down from 52% in January. The White House election is 16 months away but he has a lot of ground to make up.
[googlead tip=”patrat_mediu” aliniat=”stanga”]The Prodigy delivered a high-octane performance as they kicked off the last weekend line-up at the 2011 Sziget Festival in Budapest.
[googlead tip=”lista_medie” aliniat=”stanga”]Headlining the main stage on Friday at Sziget Festival, the electronic group unleashed a career-spanning set, including hits as Breathe and Firestarter.
Despite The Prodigy arrived in the Hungarian capital few hours before taking to the stage, front men, Keith Flint and Maxim were on their typically energetic and provocative form.
The Prodigy delivered a high-octane performance as they kicked off the last weekend line-up at the 2011 Sziget Festival in Budapest
“For all my warriors in Budapest, for all my warriors in the UK,” Maxim shouted at the crowd before Smack My Bitch Up was performed.
In the first part of The Prodigy’s set, Maxim also paid tribute to Dizzee Rascal, who preceded them on the main stage.
“Mr Rascal and crew this is f*cking for you,” he said, as they launched into Poison.
The Prodigy was backed by an impressive lights show, closed out their performance with their classic hit, Out Of Space.
The Prodigy’s setlist included:
World’s On Fire
Run With The Wolves
Invaders Must Die
Smack My Bitch Up
Take Me To The Hospital
Out Of Space
The Prodigy at Sziget Festival 2011 in Budapest.
[googlead tip=”vertical_mediu” aliniat=”dreapta”] Dizzee Rascal took to the stage before Prodigy, using his appearance to preview a batch of new material, including the song Bassline Junkie.
Another Dizzee Rascal’s song – thought to be entitled Scream – included a female vocalist, and is along the lines of his more recent chart hits.
Dizzee Rascal, the British rapper constantly paid tribute to the Hungarian crowd, who responded by dancing along to songs included Dance Wiv Me, Holiday and the worldwide smash, Bonkers.
Sziget Festival 2011 continued on Saturday, August 13 with the performances of Kaiser Chiefs and 30 Seconds To Mars, who have replaced the late Amy Winehouse at the festival.
Sziget Festival is one of ten best major festivals in Europe, which is held in Budapest. The 2011 edition is held from August 8 to August 15 and 52 stages and meeting places with artists from 41 countries are presenting a great variety of genres on Óbudai-sziget (Óbudai-island) of Budapest.
[googlead tip=”patrat_mic” aliniat=”dreapta”]Hélène Rochas, icon of the Parisian elegance and businesswoman died on August, 6 at 84.
Hélène Rochas, icon of the Parisian elegance and businesswoman who took over the famous Rochas perfumes house in 1955, died on August, 6 in her 84th year, announced today her children, according to AFP.
“The funeral took place today in the strictest privacy. A religious homage will be celebrated in September,”said the two children of Mrs. Rochas, in a statement through a law firm in Paris. Questioned by AFP, the law firm was not able to specify the location and cause of death nor the location of the funeral.
Hélène Rochas, image of the Parisian elegance and businesswoman died on August, 6 at 84 year-old
[googlead tip=”lista_mica” aliniat=”stanga”]Former model, born in 1927, Hélène Rochas married the designer Marcel Rochas in 1944. After Marcel Rochas’ death in 1955, she had resumed the reins of the Rochas’ company, “becoming the youngest business leader of France,” the statement said. She retained this position until 1971.
“She was really the icon of French elegance. This is the end of a myth, of an era. She was the muse of one of the great couturiers, the last who remain alive at that time,”
a Rochas house’s official told AFP.
Friend of Françoise Sagan, close to Yves Saint-Laurent, Hélène Rochas attended arts and fashion groups, before retiring in recent years from public life.
[googlead tip=”vertical_mic”]Rochas fragrances were made in collaboration with perfumers Jacques Cavallier, Michel Almairac, Nicolas Mamounas, Alberto Morillas, Quest, Jean-Michel Duriez, Edmond Roudnitska, Amandine Marie, Roger Pellegrino, Guy Robert, Theresa Roudnitska, Anne Flipo, Maurice Roucel and Christopher Sheldrake.
The earliest edition of Rochas perfume, “Air Jeune” was created in 1936 and had been withdrawn from sales at the beginning of the war.
In 1931, Marcel Rochas (29 year-old) opened his fashion house on 12 Matignon Avenue. His customers are, among others, Hollywood stars, as Carole Lombard, Marlène Dietrich, etc…
For the actress Mae West, Marcel Rochas have created a black wasp-waisted corset of chantilly.
In 1944, Edmond Roudnitska created for Rochas the perfume « Femme » in an amphora bottle inspired by the shapes of a woman, designed by Marcel Rochas and Albert Gosset
In 1944, Edmond Roudnitska created for Rochas the perfume « Femme » in an amphora bottle inspired by the shapes of a woman, designed by Marcel Rochas and Albert Gosset. This will be proposed to the public in 1945, equipped with black lace.
In 1955, with the death of Marcel Rochas (53 year-old), the fashion house were closed. Marcel Rochas partner decided to continue the perfumery activity and he asked Hélène Rochas to be the company president. She was 28 year-old and was one of the youngest business leaders of France. She will remain with the Rochas perfumes house until 1971.
[googlead tip=”patrat_mic” aliniat=”dreapta”]Three nights of rioting in London and other British cities will raise the final England insurance bill to hundreds of millions of pounds.
Last days, Nick Starling, director of General Insurance and Health for the Association of British Insurers (ABI), made the prediction after further rioting in Birmingham, Bristol, Croydon, Lewisham and other locations of tens of millions, but the full extent of the looting, arson and criminal damage became apparent.
Charred remains of Reeves furniture shop Croydon, South London, following riots on Monday
The association added that it was still too early to have an accurate picture of the total costs:
“It is too early for us to have an accurate picture of total costs, especially business interruption costs, but insurers are expecting significant losses, of at least £10s of millions.”
News footage from last days events has shown a number of business premises looted and vandalized, including an apparent arson attack on a furniture store in Croydon, South London, that had been trading in the same location for over 100 years.
[googlead tip=”vertical_mic”]The ABI has urged people affected by the riots in London and other parts of the country to contact their insurer as soon as possible. Many insurers run 24 hour help-lines and will be on hand to support people affected.
The ABI has also written to business groups to let business owners know that many commercial insurance policies will cover them for loss of trade as well as damage. People should contact their insurer for information and advice.
Nick Starling said:
“We have everysympathy for residents and business owners who have suffered damage to their properties.”
“We urge people to contact their insurer as soon as possible to check what they are covered for and arrange for immediate help. Many insurers operate a 24-hour claims line and can help people arrange for urgent repairs.”
“Home insurance should cover people for fire, looting or damage caused. Many policies will also cover people for accommodation costs if they can’t stay in their home.”
And he added that the priority for insurers at the moment is to help people through this incredibly traumatic time.
Regarding businesses affected by rioting, ABI informed people that:
“Most commercial insurance policies will cover businesses for damage to their premises, including the interruption to their business as a result of fire, looting and the other damage caused by the recent riots.”
It is important to know that some policies will cover those businesses which are not damaged but whose trade has been affected by the rioting aftermath.
PM David Cameron announced that a Riot Act police compensation scheme will operate as normal.
PM David Cameron announced that a Riot Act police compensation scheme will operate as normal, which has been welcomed by the UK insurance industry and ABI pledged to use its expertise to help the government and police authorities implement the scheme.
Otto Thoresen, ABI’s General Director said:
“The insurance industry is already paying out claims to people with insurance, but wants to do more to support the Government in helping people get back on their feet.”
The association also welcomed the PM’s agreement to its request to extend to the maximum of 42 days the amount of time claims can be made under the scheme.
The announcement came as the ABI revised its estimated figure of claims likely to be paid out by the insurance industry to be in excess of £200 million.
In addition, the ABI General Director said:
“We will work in partnership with the Government, and share our expertise, to make sure that the police compensation schemes work effectively and get compensation to people who need it quickly. It is important that, after the sad events of recent days, we do everything we can to help people recover.”
[googlead tip=”lista_mica” aliniat=”stanga”]The ABI is the voice of the UK’s insurance, investment and long-term savings industry. It has over 300 members, which together account for around 90% of premiums in the UK domestic market.
The UK insurance industry is the third largest in the world and the largest in Europe.
According to the police reports, the weapon being carried by Mark Duggan on Thursday was a converted handgun capable of firing real ammunition.
Two police cars and a double decker bus were torched and several local stores were looted by violent rioters last weekend in northern London, Tottenham.
Riots began Saturday evening after more than 120 people marched from Broadwater Farm to Tottenham police station to demand “justice” over the Thursday deadly shooting of a young black man, Mark Duggan, by the police.
Forensic tests on Mark Duggan’s death are being carried out on the handgun found at the scene of Duggan’s fatal shooting and bullets fired by the police.
Mark Duggan was shot by the police on Thursday August, 4
Ballistics experts have established that the firearm being carried in the minicab was a lethal weapon. It used to be a handgun which previously had not been capable of firing – a replica, a starting pistol or a collector’s weapon. But the gun had been converted, as many illegal firearms purchased on the street are – in order to carry real ammunition.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said they hope to have a more complete ballistics picture within 24 hours, which seems to be a complex picture, involving a number of tests to establish trajectory of bullets and how many were fired.
According to Sky the C019, firearms officer said that he never claimed Duggan had shot at him.
The officer involved in Thursday evening attempted arrest told investigators that he opened fire because he believed he was in danger from a lethal weapon. Two shots were fired; one hit Duggan and one missed lodging in another officer’s radio.
Forensic tests will establish eventually if Mark Duggan fired his weapon at all during the attempted arrest.
Rachel Cerfontyne, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) commissioner in charge of the independent investigation into Mark Duggan’s fatal shooting said:
“IPCC investigators are currently liaising with scientists at the Forensic Science Service regarding analysis on ballistics. We would anticipate being in a position to share verified results within the next 24 hours.”
According to The Guardian Monday report, initial ballistics tests on a bullet found lodged in a firearms officer’s police radio was a police issue bullet – indicating that Duggan had not opened fire at the officer.
Concluding precisely what really happened when Trident officers, supported by members of the Metropolitan Police stopped the minicab carrying Mark Duggan on Thursday evening relies heavily on the ballistics results and the trajectory on the bullets fired.
Ballistic tests are also carried out to establish the range at which the shots were fired at Duggan. The Metropolitan Police joined the IPCC to say that any suggestion he was killed in an execution style shooting by shots to the head was “inflammatory” and inaccurate.
The IPCC said yesterday that Mark Duggan’s family is being kept up to date with developments.
Rachel Cerfontyne said the family’s concerns were not about contact with the IPCC but the lack of contact from the police in delivering news of his death to Mark Duggan’s parents.
“In the course of our contact (with the family) I know that the family – and indeed the community still have many unanswered questions,”
A new session of the US stock market was on chaos. Few minutes after the trading session opening, the Dow Jones has already decreased by 7.3%, being lowest in the last five years. The state of uncertainty and not very encouraging prospects caused a panic among international financial markets which it has reflected as a general fall in stock market indices.
NYSE. Dow Jones is the ninth consecutive day of decline marking the collapse of the longest history.
The Moscow stock market was closed, as well as in Vienna.
Dow Jones entered the ninth consecutive day of decline recorded as the longest fall since 1978. World stock exchanges have lost more than 2,000 billion dollars just last week.
U.S. stocks and oil prices continued their decline amid concerns about U.S. economic growth and despite the Senate and House of Representatives plan approval to increase the debt ceiling.
According to Bloomberg, Dow Jones is the ninth consecutive day of decline marking the collapse of the longest history.
Only last week, the value of shares listed on stock exchanges around the world fell by more than 2,000 billion dollars.
Investors preferred to withdraw the Swiss franc and gold which is why the central bank of Switzerland decided in an unprecedented measure to reduce the interest to “near zero” to avoid a new assessment.
The other major exchanges, such as the London and Frankfurt indices recorded declines of more than 10%.
Two police cars and a double decker bus were torched and several local stores were looted by violent rioters yesterday night in northern London, Tottenham.
According to the eyewitnesses it was a chaos which rages for hours and fires blazed throughout the night while police tried to get the scene under control. People estimated there were 400-500 demonstrators in the streets.
Northern London riots, August 7, 2011
Maria Robinson, Tottenham resident, described the scene in an interview with the BBC.
“The police are hiding. I actually saw a group of police officers run through an alley away from a group of people that are running towards them,” Robinson said.
“The police seem very frightened of the situation at the moment.”
As a result of last Saturday night riots, 26 police officers and 3 others were injured and 42 people have been arrested.
London Metropolitan Police admitted they “had not anticipated” the violence, which came in response to the death of 29-year-old Mark Duggan, shot by police officers on Thursday.
What began as a peaceful march for Mark Duggan exploded into violent street riots when the event was “hijacked by mindless thugs,” police told the Guardian.
Mark Duggan, a black father of four, was killed by police after he was pulled over in a minicab and officers attempted to arrest him. Details on the circumstances of his death remain unclear as police have not released information about why Mark Duggan was pulled over or who shot him.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) release statement concerning Mark Duggan:
“I understand the distress that the shooting of Mark Duggan has caused to his family and in the community and that people need answers about what happened to him,” an IPCC spokesman said.
“This case (Mark Duggan) was referred to the IPCC immediately and we declared it an independent investigation and sent our investigators straight to the scene in Tottenham, where they took control and remained until late Friday night, supervising the forensic examinations. An independent investigation means that all aspects are carried out by IPCC investigators.
“We are in close contact with Mark Duggan’s family and supported 14 family members and friends in viewing and formally identifying Mr Duggan’s body. We have been in telephone contact with close family tonight and have further meetings with them tomorrow.
“I have tonight spoken to community representatives and hope to meet with them and others as early as possible. I remain in frequent contact with David Lammy, the local MP.
“We are still gathering evidence and will release further details about our progress with the investigation as soon as we can.”
David Lammy , member of Parliament for Tottenham , decried the violence, telling reporters that many of the violent protesters “were not from Tottenham” but had traveled to join in the looting.
“A community that was already hurting has had its heart ripped out,” David Lammy said.
The incident seemed to be very similar to Tottenham’s 1985 Broadwater Farm riot, an outbreak of violence sparked by the death of Cynthia Jarrett, a woman who died while police officers were searching her home in connection with her son’s arrest. Cynthia Jarrett’s death was followed by rioting which turned violent, ending in the death of police officer Keith Blakelock.
Tottenham residents said tensions have eased in recent years between the community and the police, but Mark Duggan’s death seems to have ignited the old hostilities.
Riots on London streets – police tried to restore order in northern London – Tottenham after rioters torching police cars and looted stores following a protest over the deadly shooting of a man by officers.
Riots began at about 5PM local time Saturday after more than 120 people marched from Broadwater Farm to Tottenham police station to demand “justice” over the deadly shooting of a young black man by police.
Mark Duggan – the shot man- was a 29-year-old father of four. Mark Duggan died on Thursday in a shootout with Tottenham police officers.
The march, which seemed to begin peacefully, turned violent immediately after dark when two empty police cars parked about 200 meters from the police station were set upon.
Vanessa Robinson, who had taken part in the original march, told the BBC that:
“The rally had started peacefully and descended into absolute chaos”.
The police cars were torched and hundreds of people ran amok outside the police station and also set fire to a double-decker bus and several buildings and shops, including a supermarket. Rioters kicked in windows on the area’s main street as shops were looted, with people seen carting away shopping trolleys full of stolen goods including television sets and clothes.
Tottenham Riots August 6/7th 2011
The violence spread to surrounding residential streets, where vans were also torched.
Some of residents fled their homes, according to the Sky News.
Rioters were armed with metal bars, petrol bombs and baseball bats and numbering at least 300.
8 police officers have been taken to hospital and one of them suffered a head injury.
Media crews had been forced to withdraw from the area after being targeted by rioters.
A London’s Metropolitan Police spokesman said:
“A number of bottles were thrown at these two cars — one was set alight and the second was pushed into the middle of the High Road. It was subsequently set alight”.
“The officers were not in the vehicles and were unhurt.”
Nikki, 53, a Mark Duggan family friend, said Duggan’s friends and relatives had organised the protest because “something (had) to be done” and the marchers wanted “justice for the family”.
Many of those rioters lay down on the road to make their point, she said, adding that while Mark Duggan was “involved in things“, he was not a violent man.
There were some reports telling the unrest was further stoked by posts on social and media networks such as Twitter urging other people to join in.
“It’s an absolute war zone. I walked up there,” said an eyewitness, who only named him as Tim.
“I saw about five youths, all faces covered up. They set a wheelie (trash) bin on fire and threw it into the riot police.”
An unnamed rioter reportedly told Channel Four News:
“This is just the beginning, this is war, and this is what you get — fire.”
David Akinsanya, local resident, 46 year-old, said:
“It’s really bad,”
“I’m feeling unsafe. I saw a guy getting attacked.”
The scene that greeted locals on Sunday morning was like something from a war zone.
One person, who managed to escape before his apartment was burned down, told Sky News that some of his neighbours had managed to get out with only the clothes on their back.
Man said the scene that greeted locals on Sunday morning was like something from a war zone.
“It’s like looking at a scene from somewhere like Syria,” he said.
“It’s surreal. I mean, this is London. This is Tottenham. This is where we live. It’s like something from the Second World War.”
“I don’t know how this happened. I don’t know how this was allowed to happen.”
“This has just ruined so many people’s lives. People have lost everything,” he said.
Sunday morning, police said the situation had calmed on the High Road but officers were still responding to the troubles flaring up elsewhere in the area.
There were also unconfirmed reports that the unrest had spread to nearby Wood Green.
Firefighters were still putting out several small blazes on Sunday morning.
London Police were unable yet to give a count of the buildings and vehicles torched, and the number of arrests was still unknown.
19 people, besides the number of police officers affectted, were believed to have been hurt in the riots.
Stephen Watson, Metropolitan Police Commander said:
“These are very distressing scenes for Londoners,”
“It’s important we emphasize that the safety of the public is of paramount importance to us … Our absolute aim is to restore normality.”
As a reaction to the violent acts, the Metropolitan Police opened the Gold Command Control centre, which is normally used only for major events and incidents, like the royal wedding in April and last December’s student protests.
London Mayor Boris Johnson’s spokeman said Duggan’s shooting was the subject of an inquiry by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).
The IPCC has appealed for any witnesses to Duggan’s death to come. The IPCC, which investigates all police shootings, said that specialist firearms officers (on a regular basis, the British police officers do not carry guns) stopped a minicab Thursday to carry out a pre-planned arrest.
They IPCC officers were accompanied by other officers from Trident, which is the unit focused on tackling gun crime in the black community.
The IPCC said:
“Shots were fired and a 29-year-old man, who was a passenger in the cab, died at the scene,”.
“It is believed that two shots were fired by a firearms officer, equipped with a Heckler and Koch MP5 carbine. A non-police issue handgun was recovered at the scene.”
“An officer’s radio which appears to have a bullet lodged in it has also been recovered. Both the radio and the handgun are being sent for expedited forensic tests.”
The Broadwater Farm area is widely known as being the site of a notorious riot in 1985 that followed the death of an African-Caribbean woman who suffered heart failure during a police search of her home. Police Constable Keith Blakelock was brutally stabbed and beaten to death in the ensuing unrest.
Tom Arnold, Paul Rodriguez and Albert Brooks, among others, said Jerry Lewis was treated unfairly.
Paul Rodriguez said:
“As a fellow comedian, it’s really crappy the way they treated him,”
“The man is an institution. They should have found a better was to let him go. The way they did it, it’s gonna hurt their charity.”
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Jamie Masada, the longtime owner of the Laugh Factory in Los Angeles, said he’s received a dozen messages from comedians, including Dane Cook and Dave Chappelle, expressing anger over the way Jerry Lewis had been dropped from the MDA annual show.
“He’s the face of the telethon,” Masada said.
“Without him, there’s no show.”
A Jerry Lewis’ spokeswoman said the star had no comment on his exit from the telethon. But others rallied to Lewis’ defense.
The decision represented an about-face from the MDA’s announcement in May that Jerry Lewis would host the telethon for a final time this year, and would appear in the closing moments of future telethons to sing his trademark number, “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”
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Jerry Lewis said Saturday at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Beverly Hills that he saw himself continuing, in part because his role as host went beyond a show business opportunity.
When a questioner asked what he would have to do to be satisfied with his life, he replied:
“Get the cure for muscular dystrophy, then I’m fine.”
According to MDA insider sources:
“The organization made an executive decision to part ways with Lewis, who, by and large, discredited the very industry that made him who he is,”
“And because the telethon is one of the biggest television events of the year, they couldn’t take a chance at more bad publicity, especially from its pitchman and host.”
Jerry Lewis, 85 comedian, started hosting MDA charity events in 1952.
Since the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon first aired in 1966, according to a June report by ABC News, Lewis calculated that after 61 years the telethon has raised $2.6 billion. Since 1966 when the telethon became what it is today – the annual Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon – until 2010 Jerry Lewis has been the face of the Muscular Dystrophy Association .
The telethon is now called the MDA Labor Day Telethon.
The marathon telecast was once a must-stop venue for comedians and entertainers. During the height of its popularity, the telethon featured performances from show business luminaries, including Sammy Davis Jr., Liberace, the Supremes, Johnny Cash and Frank Sinatra.
In recent decades, the event’s appeal faded with younger viewers who found the format somewhat dated. Indeed, the telethon model itself as a fundraising vehicle lost much of its force, particularly with the rise of the Internet, which emerged as a more potent generator of donations.
Even before ousting Jerry Lewis, the MDA was poised to scale back the telethon from more than 20 hours to as few as six, primarily because stations were threatening to drop all or part of the telecast.
The telethon’s earning power had declined in recent years. According to public tax filings, the telethon brought in $56.4 million in gross receipts in 2005.
But in 2009, the latest year for which records are available, the tally dropped to $45.6 million.
Jerry Lewis 2009 MDA Telethon final hour – Youtube
The MDA (Muscular Dystrophy Association) has not announced a replacement for Jerry Lewis.
The MDA said it did not expect to name a new host this year and that the Sept. 4 event would be shepherded by entertainment personalities Nigel Lythgoe, Jann Carl, Alison Sweeney and Nancy O’Dell.
Muscular dystrophy is a group of more than 40 disorders that affect more than 1 million Americans. The maladies, sometimes referred to as neuromuscular disorders, weaken the muscles and eventually result in profound disability. The most common form of the disease is Duchenne muscular dystrophy, which affects about 1 in 3,500 males worldwide.
Marg Helgenberger has been regular with CSI for 11 years.
[googlead tip=”lista_medie” aliniat=”stanga”] Marg Helgenberger, who has been regular with “CSI – Crime Scene Investigation” since it began 11 years ago, has announced she’ll be leaving the forensics drama at the end of this season.
Marg Helgenberger, 52, who has portrayed investigator Catherine Willows on the show, told reporters gathered in California for the annual fall TV previews she plans to leave at the end of the upcoming 12th season of what CBS is calling the most watched TV series in the world.
“I was planning on leaving after last season,”
Marg Helgenberger said, adding that producers asked her into staying for the next season so they could better script her exit.
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Ted Danson will taker over from Laurence Fishburne.
Marg Helgenberger exit comes just as former “Cheers” actor and co-star of HBO’s “Bored to Death” Ted Danson joins the cast. Ted Danson, who replaces Laurence Fishburne, will play CSI supervisor DB Russell. Beloved TV star Ted Danson will take over from him when the popular drama returns later this year. Laurence Fishburne, who replaced CSI producer and star William Petersen, quit the show in May.
Executive producer Don McGill says Russell is a family man who grew up in a commune with folk-singing parents.
Ted Danson, 63, said he enjoys working on a crime drama, but joked – “they still won’t give me a gun.”
Marg Helgenberger started her cast as Catherine Willows, a blood spatter analyst in 2000 in “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and in this series, she won a Screen Actor Guild Award as The Cast of Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (CSI), two People’s Choice Award as a Favorite Female TV Star (CSI) and as The Cast of Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (CSI) all in the year of 2005. The awards are of course the results of her hard work. She went so far as to learn the real things to do and even witnessed autopsies that were being performed at the time.
[googlead tip=”patrat_mare”] Due to her achievements, her hometown of North Bend, Nebraska, renamed the street of her childhood home to “Helgenberger Avenue” in mid 2006.
Marg Helgenberger was married to Alan Rosenberg in 1989 and gave birth to Hugh Howard Rosenberg who was named after her late father.
Due to Marg’s mother’s struggle against breast cancer for the last 27 years and her survival, she and Alan decided to get involved in the fight against breast cancer and started an annual “Marg and Alan’s Celebrity Weekend” in Omaha, Nebraska in 1997. The event is held for 3 days per each year and usually includes a two-day celebrity golf tournament at Dodge Riverside Golf Club and a cancer-survivor celebration at Harrah’s Casino.
Her marriage to Alan did not last forever. They separated in 2008 and finally divorced in 2010.
AstraZeneca today announced that AXANUM, a fixed dose combination of 81 mg low-dose ASA (acetylsalicylic acid) and 20 mg esomeprazole (Nexium), has received positive agreement for approval in 23 European Union member countries and in Norway.
[googlead tip=”lista_mare” aliniat=”stanga”] AXANUM once-daily pill is a combination of low-dose ASA 81mg and esomeprazole 20mg.
Esomeprazole, which is the active ingredient in the proton pump inhibitor (PPI) Nexium, is approved for the risk reduction of peptic ulcer development in low-dose ASA patients and is the only PPI approved for the risk reduction of re-bleeding in peptic ulcer bleed patients.
AXANUM is indicated for prevention of cardiovascular (CV) events such as heart attack or stroke, in high-risk CV patients in need of daily low-dose ASA treatment and who are at risk of gastric ulcers.
Low-dose ASA (commonly known as aspirin) is recommended mainstay therapy for patients with high-risk for cardiovascular events. About one third of these patients are also at increased risk of gastro-duodenal ulcer. Low-dose ASA further increases the risk for gastric ulcers and gastrointestinal bleeding. In fact, the most common reason for stopping low-dose ASA treatment is upper gastrointestinal problems. The consequences of interrupting low-dose ASA treatment can be severe, increasing the risk of a heart attack or stroke as early as eight to 10 days later.
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That means AXANUM has the potential to provide continuous CV protection in this patient population.
The EU decision took place under the decentralized procedure (DCP), with Germany acting as reference member state. This process is now followed by national approvals and local pricing and reimbursement discussions.
AstraZeneca submitted a Marketing Authorization Application in the EU via the Decentralized Procedure for AXANUM on 30 April 2009. The EU Concerned Member States include: Austria; Belgium, Denmark, Luxemburg, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Finland, France, Italy, Lithuania, Latvia, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Slovenia and Norway. The Member States will now work to pursue pricing/reimbursement and national approvals.
In 2010, AstraZeneca has obtained a complete response letter (CRL) from FDA for its new drug application Axanum. [googlead tip=”lista_mare” aliniat=”dreapta”]
Additionally it has also received a CRL for the supplemental new drug application (sNDA) for Nexium (esomeprazole magnesium).
AstraZeneca is currently evaluating the CRLs, and will continue discussions with the FDA to determine next steps with respect to both the AXANUM NDA as well as the NEXIUM sNDA and will respond to the agency’s request for additional information.
AstraZeneca is a global, innovation-driven biopharmaceutical business with a primary focus on the discovery, development and commercialization of prescription medicines for gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, neuroscience, respiratory and inflammation, oncology and infectious disease. AstraZeneca operates in over 100 countries and its innovative medicines are used by millions of patients worldwide.
[googlead tip=”lista_medie” aliniat=”dreapta”] Ronnie Brown signed one year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles Tuesday afternoon.
Howie Roseman, Philadelphia Eagles GM, has declared:
“Ronnie is an all-around running back with a versatile skill set”.
“He can run the ball, catch it, and does very well in pass protection. He’ll add some good size to our backfield and he’s a good character guy. We think he’ll be a tremendous compliment to LeSean (McCoy) and the other young backs on this team that we really like. You can never have enough good running backs in this league and we are happy to have Ronnie join us.”
However, Ronnie Brown is a bigger, by about 20 pounds, version of McCoy, though he’s not as quick.
[googlead tip=”patrat_mic” aliniat=”dreapta”] Ronnie Brown played and started in 9 of the 16 games of the regular 2009-10 NFL season. During those nine games Ronnie Brown managed to carry the ball 148 times for a total of 648 yards averaging 4.4 yards per carry. Ronnie Brown also managed to rush for eight touchdowns. In addition to rushing the ball managed to complete 14 passes for a total of 98 yards. During the 11th week of the regular season Ronnie Brown suffered a right foot injury against Tampa Bay and was placed on injured reserve. That injury caused him to miss the remainder of the season.
On March 19, 2010, Ronnie Brown has been arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol outside Atlanta.
In 2010, Ronnie Brown became a restricted free agent but signed with the Miami Dolphins for the second time.
[googlead tip=”vertical_mare” aliniat=”stanga”] Howie Roseman’s acquisition of Ronnie Brown is the very last in a row of moves which have brought to Philadelphia Eagles: CBs- Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, DE – Jason Babin, DT – Cullen Jenkins and QB Vince Young.
Philadelphia Eagles last won an NFL title in 1960.