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Ricky is a computer enthusiast, his passion is contagious. He’s the one who spends almost all day searching the internet for the latest and most interesting news around the world. He likes computer gaming and animated design. He’s also the manager of BelleNews.

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Chauncey Hardy, an American basketball player has died in hospital on Sunday evening after he had been beaten in a dance club from Giurgiu, Romania.

Former Sacred Heart guard Chauncey Hardy died yesterday after suffering two heart attacks following the beating on Saturday night.

Chauncey Hardy, 23, had severe head injuries and was in a coma when he was admitted to the hospital.

Chauncey Hardy died shortly after undergoing surgery in a Bucharest hospital.

After a victory against Dinamo Bucharest, Chauncey Hardy, who played for CSS Giurgiu in southern Romania, was celebrating with a few of his teammates in a night club, when several men were reported to have attacked him.

Former Sacred Heart guard Chauncey Hardy died yesterday after suffering two heart attacks following the beating on Saturday night

Former Sacred Heart guard Chauncey Hardy died yesterday after suffering two heart attacks following the beating on Saturday night

At some point, around 4:00 a.m., some unknown men attacked Chauncey Hardy. It seems that they have been quarreling for a while. Chauncey Hardy fell and hit his head and he was taken to the hospital, where doctors decided he must go into surgery.

At around 8 o’clock in the evening, Chauncey Hardy died on the hospital’s bed.

Romanian police announced that it has started an investigation on Chauncey Hardy’s death.

Sacred Heart Athletic Director C. Donald Cook said in a statement:

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of a fine young man who had his life cut short at such a young age while he was overseas doing something he loved.”

“This is a terrible tragedy and we are saddened as a University and a basketball program,” Sacred Heart men’s basketball coach Dave Bike said in a statement.

“This is not just about a basketball player, but the person as well. It transcends what happens on a basketball court. We feel tremendous sadness and loss for Chauncey’s family and those who were close to him.”

Chauncey Hardy averaged 12.5 points for Sacred Heart in 2009-10.

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Even though most people say they hate sales material, it’s funny because everything on the net is sold using sales copy and material. There are so many ways to produce ineffective copy, and that’s why it’s important to have some awareness of the different kinds of copywriting mistakes.

Every well-trained copywriter knows that good copy talks about benefits rather than features. It depends on the product because sometimes you have to present features, such as with software, but they need to be immediately turned into the benefits the end-user will experience. Benefits are more effective because people are selfish, and they want to know what is specifically in it for them. So if you’re not clear about what your product has to offer, you won’t see a very strong response from your target audience. It takes some practice, but one thing you can do is list out every conceivable feature you can think of, and then translate them into the benefits. If you can get good at that, then your benefits will be clear and strong, and then your copy will be a bit better for it. A lot of times good benefit bullets can tip the scales in your favor.

Reading a long sales letter can take a toll on your prospect, so don’t make the mistake of writing in large paragraphs that are hard to read.

 

You need to use a lot of white space in your sales copy so that it’s scannable. Your prospects will feel suffocated and simply leave if they feel that the copy isn’t that readable. So just like in English class, each paragraph supports a single idea and no more. You need to maintain the flow and keep all the content relevant, because sometimes you tend to stray away. A good idea is to write the sales copy like you’re telling a story. A great story can do tremendous things for your copy, so just make it relevant and weave it into your copy as smoothly as possible. The format for the paragraphs holds true for the entire length of you sales letter.

The location, or introduction, of the price of your product or service matters a lot. Never put your product price too early in your sales copy.

 

But what’s wrong in that? It just tends to bring down the interest level of the reader. The most optimum location to reveal your price is near the bottom after the product and benefits are introduced. After your research is performed, then relax and write – you can always edit later, so don’t worry about how the first draft comes out. When you do spell out the price, don’t be shy about it because it needs to be clearl and visible. Don’t unconsciously attempt to ‘slip it in’ with all the other text because there should be no reason to feel like you need to hide it.

All in all, copywriting is an art that takes time to learn and cultivate. It’s always smart to learn about common mistakes because if you just avoid them then you’ll be writing better copy. That’s why we presented this article, so you can learn from others and improve.

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Last night it emerged that three German football players were using drugs in the 1966 World Cup final.

A newly-unearthed letter obtained from historians at Berlin’s Humboldt University revealed that three unnamed German football players had been tested positive for a banned stimulant at World Cup 1966 final.

The letter is dated November 29, 1966 and was written by the Yugoslav chairman of Fifa’s medical committee, Mihailo Andrejevic.

The West German team lines up before World Cup 1966 final

The West German team lines up before World Cup 1966 final

 

In that letter, Mihailo Andrejevic informed fellow doctor Max Danz – president of the West German Athletics Federation – that doping tests at the World Cup 1966 had uncovered the illegal use of ephedrine.

England famously beat West Germany 4-2 in the Wembley Stadium world Cup 1966 final.

The news that three German team members were under the influence of a banned stimulant has shocked the surviving England winners.

Defender George Cohen told The Sun: “I am astounded. I always wondered where they got their energy from in extra-time.

“Thank goodness the result was not affected by whatever it was the Germans were taking. What would Fifa have done if Germany had won?

“It’s extraordinary that this has been covered up for so long.”

Bobby Charlton raises the World Cup trophy after England beat West Germany 4-2 at Wembley Stadium in 1966

Bobby Charlton raises the World Cup trophy after England beat West Germany 4-2 at Wembley Stadium in 1966

Mihailo Andrejevic’s letter noted that the tests revealed very slight traces of an ephedrine-based medicine against cold symptoms in three players from the West German football team.

Ephedrine is used as a decongestant but also as a stimulant and was on a list of banned substances during the competition.

The 1966 World Cup was the first time drug-testing was carried out in a World Cup competition.

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The electric car fans saw and rode a prototype of Tesla Model S at the Tesla Motors factory in Fremont, California, on October 1.

 

The persons who pre-ordered Tesla Model S electric car tried Tesla Motors’ first full-size electric sedan and had the tour of the factory.

 

Faster Tesla Model S goes from a standstill to 60 miles (96.56 km) in 4.5 seconds.

Faster Tesla Model S goes from a standstill to 60 miles (96.56 km) in 4.5 seconds.

 

The 2012 production run of the Model S is sold out and the company intends to start delivering to customers next year.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk, a co-founder of PayPal, made a plea for support, he said lots of people had viewed the electric cars as fantastic unicorns.

The oil companies said electric cars can’t work, but the truth is, they don’t want them to work. But here it is. They would say this car is the equivalent of a unicorn. Well, tonight you had the opportunity to ride a unicorn,” he said.

Musk announced Tesla was working on a faster Model S. It goes from zero to 60 miles (96.56 km) per hour in 4.5 seconds. This is two-tenths of a second quicker than the 2011 Porsche 911 Carrera with a manual transmission. However, with Porsche’s quick-shifting PDK automatic the car matches the Tesla at 4.5 seconds.

Versions of the 911 (Carrera S, GT3, Turbo) could easily outrun the Tesla Model S. Yet the big sedan will be able to run with the Porsche, Chevrolet Corvette, Audi R8 and other sports cars. It would also establish electric power as a performance feature, not just a gasoline-saving one, even the basic Model S is quick at 5.6 seconds from zero to 60.

Tesla Model S will come with three battery offerings, 160 miles (257.5 km), 230 miles (370.15 km) or 300 miles (482.8 km) on a full charge.

 

Base Tesla Model S will cost around $57,400, before a $7,500 federal tax credit and other rebates.

 

The large touchscreen of Tesla Model S hosts most of the infotainment controls.

The large touchscreen of Tesla Model S hosts most of the infotainment controls.

 

Tesla wants to be more than a niche brand that sells only the expensive Roadster sports car. Roadster sports car has a base price of $109,000, and most of them are sold at $140,000.

Tesla Model X sports utility prototype will be unveiled in December and is due out in late 2013.

Tesla, based in Palo Alto, California, has around 1,400 workers. It held an initial public offering of stock in June 2010. Among its private backers are Draper Fisher Jurvetson, VantagePoint Capital Partners, Sergey Brin and Larry Page, Google founders. Tesla won a $465 million loan guarantee in 2009 from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Other carmakers were inspired by Tesla Model S. Detroit works on its own electric vehicles. General Motors started selling its hybrid Chevrolet Volt last year. Anaheim, California-based Fisker Automotive, recently started delivery of its luxury hybrid Karma.

The company will phase out the Tesla Roadster in January 2012, to focus on the Tesla Model S.

 

 Elon Musk introduces Tesla Model S (video)

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Tesla Model S drive: interior view (video)

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The online marketing environment has always been dynamic, and the developments especially in recent years is astounding. So in that spirit we want to talk more about some IM tips and solid advice based on years of experience.

Internet marketing is all about selling the right product to the right market. You may be asking yourself what can you possibly sell online and how to be a success at it. Perhaps the one thing that never seems to go out of style is selling information. The amount of information that has been successfully marketed online is staggering. If you’re just starting out with Internet marketing, then you have the opportunity to choose the right market and make fewer mistakes. There has never been a time before when the amount of information and resources you can use to make your own products has been so abundant. To start with, find out what you’re really passionate about and see if that niche has demand that needs to be met. Before you can create a product, you need to do effective market research to find a market. And don’t worry if you’re not good at the writing part, because nowadays you can outsource all of your product creation work to someone who can do it professionally. It’s all about being smart and giving people what they want.

Only with learning and experience will you ever hope to understand the underlying dynamic of internet marketing. Having your own product will give you the confidence to move ahead and grow into newer markets. Creating and offering high quality value for everyone you deal with will serve you very well in business. It just takes effort and caring to create good value, and remember that so many other online businesses don’t take the time to provide good value. If you want to enhance the value of your offer, take a look at your bonuses and see if they can be made better. There are so many ways to do this such as offering good reports, videos, ebooks, etc. The amount of care and effort you put into it will be reflected to you. Besides that, it doesn’t take much to add powerful bonuses, as long as you know they’re useful and complement your main product.

Internet marketing is a field where you have to be willing to take chances.

 

Marketing online can be tricky, and the landscape is always changing, so you have to be willing to try new things and take some risks. Remember, the more you are willing to be different and explore new territory, the fewer competitors you’ll have. It’s your decision, of course, but you sometimes have to forge your own path in order to achieve your goals. So if you’re looking to start an online business, internet marketing is a great way to go.

Walter Payton, Chicago Bears running back, is described in Sweetness: The Enigmatic Life of Walter Payton, which is set to be released on October 4.

 

The book, written by Jeff Pearlman, contributor to Sports Illustrated, alleges the American football player constantly made drug abuse when he was playing and after his retirement, he had affairs and felt into a depression that almost led him to suicide.

The author said he worked on the book two and a half years and interviewed 678 people. Sweetness narrates Walter Payton‘s life, from his childhood in Mississippi, his college years at Jackson State, his NFL career (13 years) and his life after his career ended in 1987, to his death at 45  from cholangiocarcinoma (bile duct cancer) in 1999.

 

Walter Payton, Sweetness, became the first African American to break a record that was held only by whites in the NFL during modern football.

Walter Payton, Sweetness, became the first African American to break a record that was held only by whites in the NFL during modern football.

 

 

Walter Payton had primary sclerosing cholangitis, a rare and deadly autoimmune liver disease liver disease, and some of his painkillers abuse might be related to this illness.

 

Payton popped Darvon robotically during his playing days—says [Bud] Holmes, “I’d see him walk out of the locker room with jars of painkillers, and he’d eat them like they were a snack”—and also lathered his body with dimethyl sulfoxide, a topical analgesic commonly used to treat horses. Now that he was retired, the self-medicating only intensified. Payton habitually ingested a cocktail of Tylenol and Vicodin. […] in 1988, Payton visited a handful of dental offices, complaining of severe tooth pain. He received several prescriptions for morphine and hit up a handful of drugstores to have them filled. When one of the pharmacists noticed the activity, he contacted the police, who arrived at Payton’s house and discussed the situation.” read an excerpt published in Sports Illustrated.

The painkiller Darvon is an opioid narcotic used to treat mild to moderate pain was first approved in the 1950s and It has been pulled by the market. Walter Payton also obtained Ritalin from a friend whose son was prescribed pills.

Walter Payton used nitrous oxide prior and after retirement.

Back when Payton drove his own RV to Bears training camp, he used to load the rear of the vehicle with tanks of nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas. At nights and during breaks in the action, players sneaked into Payton’s trailer, loaded the nitrous oxide into balloons, then carried them around while taking hits. The goofy laughter could be heard throughout the training facility.”

After his rigorous fitness regime during his playing career (running up and down a steep hill repeatedly) once he retired,  he started drinking beer and eating tons of junk food. Wendy’s gave Payton a card granting a free lifetime supply of hamburgers at the fast food chain, Payton dumped 10 sugar packs into each cup of coffee and enjoyed pork rinds with hot sauce.

 

Walter Payton rushed for 16,726 yards and scored 110 touchdowns.

Walter Payton rushed for 16,726 yards and scored 110 touchdowns.

 

 

Walter Payton’s both estranged wife (Connie) and girlfriend (Lita) attended his Hall of Fame, wife in the front row and mistress in the second.

 

Shortly after he learned he’d been voted into the Hall of Fame, Payton spoke with Lita Gonzalez [not her real name], a New Jersey-based flight attendant with whom he’d been in a tempestuous relationship since they’d met at the Michael Spinks-Mike Tyson heavyweight title fight in Atlantic City in 1988. […] “She was insisting she be seated in the front row,” says Tucker. “We said, ‘Lita, are you insane? We’re marketing this man as a family-friendly spokesperson. His whole image is based around decency. You will ruin him.

Holmes and Payton’s executive assistant, Ginny Quirk, recall receiving suicidal calls at all hours during the mid-1990s. The threats came after fights with Connie or Lita or when he worried about finances. Payton refused to see a therapist.

Payton said he imagined murdering those around him, then killing himself and he ended the letter to an unnamed friend by admitting that he needed help but that he had nowhere to turn. The excerpts do not indicate doctors think Payton suffered brain damage while playing, affecting his mental state.

Andre Agassi also in his recent autobiography detailed his previously unknown drug use.

 

Walter Payton caught 492 passes for 4,538 yards and 15 touchdowns and set team records, most career rushing yards, receptions, touchdowns.

Walter Payton caught 492 passes for 4,538 yards and 15 touchdowns and set team records, most career rushing yards, receptions, touchdowns.

 

 

Sweetness: The Enigmatic Life of Walter Payton contains both fact and fiction said Walter Payton’s family.

 

Walter, like all of us, wasn’t perfect. The challenges he faced were well known to those of us who loved and lived with him. He was a great father to Jarrett and Brittney and held a special place in the football world and the Chicago community. Recent disclosures — some true, some untrue — do not change this. I’m saddened that anyone would attempt to profit from these stories, many told by people with little credibility,” read a statement signed by Connie Payton and family.

When we take the field each Sunday, we represent the great players like Walter who helped build the rich tradition of our organization. Nothing will change our feelings for a man we have the deepest respect for and miss having around Halas Hall to this day,” said The Chicago Bears.

There’s something important about learning that even the greatest among us have their burdens. Whether you’re a Hall of Fame running back or a guy moving cement, we all have issues. No one lives up to the pedestal. . . . The goal is to find out who he was and how he lived. I’m very defensive about that. You want to write an honest and accurate biography,” Jeff Pearlman said.

 

NFL named its Man of the Year Award after him, the Walter Payton Award, the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.

NFL named its Man of the Year Award after him, the Walter Payton Award, the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.

 

The book includes also brighter stories about Walter Payton.

 

Walter often insisted on first playing catch with kids who asked him for autographs and then offer them words of inspiration. Walter Payton also delighted a cancer-ridden youngster on a flight.

He was graceful on the field and he was strong when facing terminal cancer. Walter Payton grew up in segregated Mississippi and calmed racial tensions there with his on-field heroics.

Quirk tells Pearlman that, after he appeared thin and gaunt at a 1999 news conference announcing his son’s decision to attend Miami University, many people asked her if he was dying of AIDS.

 

Brittney, Jarrett and Connie Payton at Walter Payton Man of the Year Press Conference

Brittney, Jarrett and Connie Payton at Walter Payton Man of the Year Press Conference (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

 

Walter Payton had been diagnosed with primary sclerosing cholangitis at the Mayo Clinic in December 1998. He gathered his family in the basement of their South Barrington home, told them about diagnosis and said a liver transplant would solve the problem. He told his fans about his diagnosis three days after his son’s press conference.

Payton reached out to his children as he was dying. Walter Payton, who also kept a home in West Dundee, had moved back into the South Barrington home in July 1999 and took turns staying in Jarrett’s and Brittney’s rooms.

At the time I didn’t get it, but now I think it’s so cool he wanted to share himself with us,” Jarrett says in the book.

 

Walter Payton was born in July 25, 1954 and died on November 1, 1999 from terminal cancer, he married Connie Norwood in 1976.

 

Walter Payton was known around the NFL as Sweetness. He was a nine-time Pro Bowl selectee. He was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993. He started his professional career with the Bears in 1975. Walter Payton (34) won two NFL Most Valuable Player Awards, and won Super Bowl XX with the 1985 Chicago Bears. Walter Payton rushed for 16,726 yards and scored 110 touchdowns. He became the first African American to break a record that was held only by whites in the NFL during modern football (1955–present). He caught 492 passes for 4,538 yards and 15 touchdowns,  set team records, most career rushing yards, receptions, touchdowns.

 

His cancer was in a stage that did not benefit from liver transplant, but Walter Payton spent his final months as an advocate for organ transplants.

His cancer was in a stage that did not benefit from liver transplant, but Walter Payton spent his final months as an advocate for organ transplants.

 

Although his cancer was in a stage that did not benefit from liver transplant, he spent his final months as an advocate for organ transplants.

Don Yaeger worked with him during the last weeks of his life to create his autobiography, Never Die Easy, the title was his motto which he attributed  to Bob Hill, his coach at Jackson State (2000).

NFL named its Man of the Year Award after him, the Walter Payton Award, the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.

Walter Payton’s Roundhouse in West Dundee is an entertainment center and includes authentic memorabilia at the Walter Payton Museum.

 

Sweetness: The Enigmatic Life of Walter Payton trailer

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Walter Payton biography, the cancer diagnosis (video)

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Walter Payton Don Yaeger Never Die Easy (video)

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Ashton Kutcher Two and a Half Men début had been the subject of a slew of Hollywood hype after it was announced he would be replacing the fired Charlie Sheen.

It seems the critics are a little mixed on Ashton Kutcher‘s performance after he made his first appearance on the hit comedy show last night.

According to the New York Daily News, Ashton Kutcher, who spent much of the time on last night’s show naked while playing Walden Schmidt billionaire, “just needs to work on being funny.”

“By the last third of the show, the writers had clearly decided that walking around naked was Walden’s best shot at a laugh.”

Ashton Kutcher's character, Walden Schmidt is a dumped billionaire who has attempted to commit suicide

Ashton Kutcher's character, Walden Schmidt is a dumped billionaire who has attempted to commit suicide

The Wall Street Journal reviewer wrote:

“Kutcher is intense and doesn’t do dead pan well at all. But he’s way hotter naked, and he’s naked a lot,” they said, adding that “Kutcher seems sort of frozen in place, humourless.”

Other commentators seemed to enjoy what Ashton Kutcher brought to the show, although some had reservations about his comic timing.

“The fact is that Kutcher, despite having spent so much time over the past few years branding and Tweeting himself, is a good comic actor,” wrote People in its review. “Not great.”

Entertainment Weekly wrote:

“Kutcher’s performance was good, nearly as poker-faced fine as Sheen’s was.”

 “It’s easy to see how Kutcher is going to fit into the ensemble.

“He’s part-contrast-to-Charlie (he ordered ginger ale, not liquor, while out at a bar with Alan), and part-Charlie-2.0 (he beds women with ease, but in a nice, horny-puppy-dog kind of way).”

Ashton Kutcher's character bonded with Jon Cryer's character Alan Harper

Ashton Kutcher's character bonded with Jon Cryer's character Alan Harper

However, other reviewers were kinder about Ashton Kutcher debut, who made his entrance as dumped husband Walden Schmidt soaking wet on the deck of Alan Harper’s Malibu beach house after trying to commit suicide in the ocean.

“With Kutcher loosely playing himself as a savant ladies’ man, it’s likely that Charlie Harper – or Sheen – won’t be missed,” said Fox News.

Charlie Sheen was famously fired from the smash hit TV comedy after falling out with its creator Chuck Lorre.

“Filling the void left by a well established character isn’t easy, but Kutcher mostly succeeded,” wrote The Chicago Sun Times.

“At times his character seemed a bit like Lennie petting the rabbits in Of Mice and Men, but give him a few episodes, and he should settle in nicely.”

The Los Angeles Times, meanwhile, said the show, which opened with Sheen’s character Charlie Harper’s funeral, was a ‘promising beginning.’

“Kutcher brings a softness as well as a sense of rude health – he was naked for much of the show – to a series that could often be brittle and sour, misanthropic and misogynistic, and temperamentally middle-aged.

“His presence might allow Cryer to play some sweeter, less strident notes, though it is up to Lorre, of course, to make that, or let that, happen.”

However, the viewing public were clearly less fussy than the critics on Ashton Kutcher, with a whopping 28 million tuning in – the largest ever audience for the show, which is in its ninth season.

Ashton Kutcher tweeted his gratitude to his fans today, posting:

“I owe you guys big time for showing up for us last night. Hope you were entertained. We’ll be there every Monday for you.”

And even Charlie Sheen found the episode funny, writing on his Twitter account:

“Surrounded by friends and watching the premier of Two and a Half Men,’ he tweeted. ‘Odd… But cool..! So far a lot of laughs!! Nice…”

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Beatles, the world’s most famous band once refused to use a toilet roll while recording their Abbey Road album, because they thought it was too “hard and shiny”.

The rock legends rejected the roll during the 1960s as it also had EMI stamped on every sheet.

The object came to light after Beatles fan Barry Thomas snapped up the toilet roll at an auction complete with a letter from EMI manager Ken Townsend.

Toilet roll The Beatles refused to use while recording Abbey Road, because they thought it was too “hard and shiny”

Toilet roll The Beatles refused to use while recording Abbey Road, because they thought it was too “hard and shiny”

 

Experts tried to evaluate the toilet roll last week, but told Barry Thomas they could not price such an odd object. Since then, Thomas has been offered £1,000 just for one sheet of the toilet roll.

Barry Thomas, 66, a grand-father of three bought the unique item of memorabilia in 1980 along with a famous picture that had hung at the studio throughout the Beatles’ time there.

He bought the roll, which came with a jokey letter of authentication by Ken Townsend for £85.

The letter, which is signed by Ken Townsend, reads:

“Most things went very smoothly with the Beatles at Abbey Road – but not this roll of toilet paper which they complained was too hard and shiny.

“They thought it disgraceful that the management should stamp each sheet of paper with EMI Ltd.

“The paper was immediately withdrawn and things became much smoother for staff after that.”

Ken Townsend letter stating why Beatles didn't want to use the toilet roll during their time at Abbey Road

Ken Townsend letter stating why Beatles didn't want to use the toilet roll during their time at Abbey Road

Barry Thomas, who at the time ran a recording studio in Coventry, Warks, said:

 “I went along to the auction as I was a Beatles fan, I mean who couldn’t be?

“I saw the roll and I just loved it, it seemed like such an original and unique thing to have.”

“People have the memories and the signed records and pictures and stuff, but no one else can say they have a toilet roll John Lennon rejected,” Thomas added.

“It wasn’t the only thing John specifically complained about in the studios, he also hated the lock on the freezer, so he had a few odd hates.

“At the time it caused a load of interest, the trade for band memorabilia hadn’t taken off then like it has today, even ABC from America wanted to interview me there and then at the auction.

“They asked me why I bought it and I didn’t know what to say, but then it came to me and I told them <<to wipe away all the crap you guys write about our industry>> and they loved that.”

Soon after making the purchase Barry Thomas, who still lives in Coventry with his wife of 45 years, Margarita, was approached by a wealthy collector who wanted a piece of the action.

“This Japanese Beatles memorabilia collector cam up to me,” said Barry Thomas.

“He offered me a thousand pounds for one piece of the roll, just one piece.

“I told him I wouldn’t sell him it, I didn’t want to unroll it, but also I felt it would be less special if it was shared across the world.

“Now I’m thinking about selling it, I had the idea that I could split the whole roll now and sell it off in pieces.

“I say I’ll do that, but to be honest I reckon when I try I won’t be able to bring myself to. The Japanese collector has approached me again and I’ve said no, but no one has been able to put an official value on it.”

Standard and Poor’s dropped Italy’s credit rating from A+ to A, with the ratings agency keeping the country’s outlook on negative in a surprise move that may add to contagion fears in the debt-stressed eurozone.

Silvio Berlusconi swiftly attacked S&P, claiming the Standard and Poor agency’s action was “dictated more by newspaper stories than by reality”.

S&P cut Italy’s government debt rating from A+/A-1+ to A/A-1 and said country’s economic growth prospects were getting weaker, with planned reforms by the government not expected to help much.

S&P cut Italy's government debt rating from A+/A-1+ to A/A-1 and said country's economic growth prospects were getting weaker, with planned reforms by the government not expected to help much

S&P cut Italy's government debt rating from A+/A-1+ to A/A-1 and said country's economic growth prospects were getting weaker, with planned reforms by the government not expected to help much

“We believe the reduced pace of Italy’s economic activity to date will make the government’s revised fiscal targets difficult to achieve,” S&P said in a statement.

Italy follows eurozone partners Spain, Ireland, Greece, Portugal and Cyprus in having its credit rating downgraded this year.

Italy, which approved an austerity programme last week, currently has a debt-to-GDP ratio of 120%.

S&P took the decision after lowering its annual growth forecast for Italy to just 0.7% between 2011 and 2014, down from 1.3% a year. It also questioned whether Italy’s austerity plan would deliver the €60 billion savings that the government is aiming for.

“We believe the reduced pace of Italy’s economic activity to date will make the government’s revised fiscal targets difficult to achieve,” said S&P.

“Furthermore, what we view as the Italian government’s tentative policy response to recent market pressures suggests continuing future political uncertainty about the means of addressing Italy’s economic challenges,” S&P added.

Italian Prime Minister said in a brief statement in response to the S&P move:

“The assessments by S&P seem dictated more by newspaper stories than by reality and appear to be negatively influenced by political considerations.”

Silvio Berlusconi’s government is already taking action against ratings agencies, with police raiding the offices of Moody’s and S&P last month.

Gary Jenkins at Evolution Securities said the S&P news came just as Moody’s was expected to also downgrade Italy:

“Just when everyone was waiting for Moody’s to downgrade Italy, S&P gets in first with what is a much more damaging downgrade as its rating of Italy was already the lowest of the three agencies. The S&P move is likely to be very negative for sentiment because whilst the market was expecting a downgrade it was probably not expecting one from an agency with the lowest rating which did not even have the sovereign on credit watch, but merely a negative outlook.”

Stock markets fell early on, but later recovered, with the FTSE 100 in positive territory. Overnight the Japanese Nikkei fell by 1.6%.

Biopharmaceutical company Oxigene has presented data that showed Zybrestat (fosbretabulin) helped improve the one-year survival rate of patients with larger anaplastic thyroid cancer tumors.

 

The presentation was made on September 14 at the 35th Meeting of the European Thyroid Association, in Krakow, Poland. The presenter was Dr. Rossella Elisei, endocrinologist, University of Pisa, Italy.

Combrestatin, from which Zybrestat derived, is present in the bark of Eastern Cape South African bushwillow tree.

Combrestatin, from which Zybrestat derived, is present in the bark of Eastern Cape South African bushwillow tree.

A comparison was made between the results of the company’s aggregate data from five independent prospective Phase 1 and Phase 2 trials using Zybrestat to treat patients with anaplastic thyroid cancer (ATC), including the FACT trial, and data from the 50-year experience in treating ATC patients at the Mayo Clinic from 1949 to 1999, published by Dr. Bryan McIver. FACT trial is a large single, randomized, controlled, multi-center clinical trial, and the Mayo studies comprise a large retrospective review of the treatment outcomes in ATC.

There were three key findings from the retrospective analysis.

13 patients or 9.7% of all 134 ATC patients treated at the Mayo Clinic survived one year or more.

19 patients or 23% of all 84 ATC patients treated with Zybrestat either alone or in combination with chemotherapy survived more than one year. The longest survival is 13+ years in a patient with a complete response.

The 9% rate of patients in the control arm of the FACT study surviving one year is almost identical to the observed 9% in the larger Mayo cohort.

Direct comparisons between the FACT trial and the Mayo Group have to be interpreted with the caveat that there were changes in standard-of-care treatment over the past 50 years, as well as differences in staging, sample size, and time-to-death.

“The 24% of patients treated with Zybrestat in the FACT study surviving one year or longer remains striking in its significance. Patients treated with Zybrestat essentially had a one-in-four chance of being alive after one year compared to only a one-in-10 chance in the control group, which corresponds to the survival outcome in the Mayo Clinic treated group.” Said Dr. Peter J. Langecker, Oxigene’s CEO.

Oxigene earlier this month saw shares slump after it said funding for a planned Phase 3 study of the drug candidate wasn’t feasible. Langecker said the company believes focusing its clinical resources on its most promising early-stage clinical development opportunities and reducing operating costs will allow it to conserve available resources.

 

Previously referred to as combretastatin A4 phosphate/CA4P, Zybrestat (fosbretabulin) has been granted orphan drug status by the FDA and the European Medicines Agency for the treatment of anaplastic thyroid cancer.

 

Zybrestat is being evaluated in a Phase 2 study of patients with non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer and other clinical trials, including a recently completed Phase 2 study of Zybrestat plus chemotherapy in patients with ATC. Oxigene believes that Zybrestat is poised to become an important product in a novel class of small-molecule drug candidates called vascular disrupting agents (VDA). Through interaction with vascular endothelial cell cytoskeletal proteins, Zybrestat selectively targets and collapses tumor vasculature, thereby depriving the tumor of oxygen and causing death of tumor cells. In clinical trials in solid tumors, Zybrestat has demonstrated potent and selective activity against tumor vasculature, as well as clinical activity against anaplastic thyroid cancer, ovarian cancer and various other solid tumors.

 

Zybrestat collapses tumor vasculature and interrupts its blood flow, leading to the death of cancer cells.

Zybrestat collapses tumor vasculature and interrupts its blood flow, leading to the death of cancer cells.

 

The concept of interrupting tumors’ blood supply was first described in the early 1970s and led to the development of a new class of anti-cancer drugs called angiogenesis inhibitors.

Zybrestat is the first VDA to be tested in combination with a tumor-angiogenesis-inhibiting drug Avastin (bevacizumab) in humans.

The thyroid is an endocrine gland and its hormones help control heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, and weight. Four main types of thyroid cancer are papillary, follicular, medullary, and anaplastic thyroid cancer.

 

Thyroid's hormones help control heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, and weight. Zybrestat could help increase survival of anaplastic thyroid carcinoma patients.

Thyroid's hormones help control heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, and weight. Zybrestat could help increase survival of anaplastic thyroid carcinoma patients.

 

Anaplastic thyroid cancer is a very aggressive primary thyroid malignancy. ATC represents less than 2% of all thyroid cancers, but causes up to 40% of deaths from thyroid cancer. Median life expectancy is about three months for newly diagnosed patients. The overall 5-year survival rate of ATC has been given as 7% or 14%.

National Cancer Institute estimates 48,020 new cases and 1,740 deaths from thyroid cancer in the U. S. in 2011.

Fosbretabulin (Zybrestat), bortezomib (Velcade) and TNF-Related Apoptosis Induced Ligand (TRAIL), are being trialed in clinical labs and human clinical studies.

 

 

 

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An explosion near a secondary school killed three people, injured at least other 15 and set several vehicles on fire in the Turkish capital, Ankara, on Tuesday.

It was not immediately clear what caused the blast in the downtown Kizilay district but a deputy prime minister said a bomb was suspected.

According to Besir Atalay, Turkey’s deputy prime minister, there was “information that a bomb was planted” on a vehicle.

Five of the injured people are in critical condition, Besir Atalay said.

 

The explosion killed three people, injured at least other 15 and set several vehicles on fire in Ankara

The explosion killed three people, injured at least other 15 and set several vehicles on fire in Ankara

 

The vehicle detonated across from the district governor’s office and about 200 meters (650 feet) from Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s office.

“I’ve learned that people who haven’t got any sense of humanity terrorized civilians and carried out an attack in Ankara,” President Abdullah Gul said in televised comments from Germany, where he is on a state visit.

 “I strongly and vehemently curse this act of terrorism.”

Thick smoke could be seen rising from the central commercial area of Kizilay.

According to local mayor, Bulent Tanik, an eyewitness saw one person throwing a burning gas canister on to the vehicles from a nearby building.

“The investigation is under way,” Bulent Tanik said. “If true, that canister might have triggered the blast of a liquefied petroleum gas tank on a vehicle.”

The blast was powerful enough to destroy six cars and shatter windows in Kizilay, which is surrounded by government ministries. One of the vehicles was totally burnt down, television images showed.

Interior Minister Idris Naim Sahin said the initial blast, in an LPG-fueled car, triggered five other similar vehicles on the street to explode. The first car to detonate was sold September 13 and the transaction hadn’t yet been completed, he said.

IdrisNaim Sahin said it was “highly likely to be a terrorist attack”. Kurdish, leftist and Islamic militants have carried out bomb attacks in Turkey in the past.

Interior minister said the attackers wanted to target as many people as possible, because the street where the blast occurred was normally very busy.

A fire broke out but was quickly contained by firefighters. Several vehicles were damaged and windows were blown out in nearby buildings.

Television images showed several parked cars ablaze in front of a local state authority’s offices.

The area was quickly evacuated, for fear of further explosions and to allow ambulances to take away the casualties.

One person was detained in connection with the blast, said a policeman, who declined to be identified because he wasn’t authorized to speak on the matter. Hurriyet newspaper reported that two people were taken into custody, citing unidentified police officials

There have been several bomb attacks in Turkey’s main cities in recent years, many blamed on the Kurdish insurgent movement, the PKK.

However the last big attack in Ankara four years ago, which killed nine and injured 120, was blamed by police investigators on a lone, leftist suicide bomber.

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Samsung sources revealed this week that the company was considering legal action to ban Apple’s upcoming iPhone 5 in Europe, after one of its executives admitted a similar move was planned in Korea.

Since Apple launched iPhone, there is no secret that Samsung makes many of the components inside it, in fact, even Samsung‘s CEO has admitted: “Apple is our biggest customer.”

But when Samsung launched its own Galaxy series of phones and tablets – high-powered touchscreens whose flagship, the Galaxy S II – legal war has erupted between the companies in nine countries.

A Samsung executive told the Korea Times this week:

“When the iPhone 5 arrives here, Samsung plans to take Apple to court here for its violation of Samsung’s wireless technology related patents.”

This statement is in response to Apple’s continued legal action against Samsung’s Galaxy family of touchscreen tablets and smartphones.

Legal battle rages between Apple and Samsung over alleged similarities between their touchscreen smartphones and handsets

Legal battle rages between Apple and Samsung over alleged similarities between their touchscreen smartphones and handsets

Some of Samsung gadgets are currently illegal in Europe following Apple lawsuits, which claimed they are “slavish” copies of iPhone and iPad.

Samsung recently overtook Nokia in the smartphone market, and its Galaxy S II offers a larger screen and faster processor than iPhone 4.

In September, Apple even forced Samsung to withdraw a prototype tablet device from the show floor of a Berlin electronics show. Samsung’s larger Galaxy 10.1 tablet remains illegal in Europe following Apple’s legal action.

The Maeil Business Newspaper reported that Samsung may seek an injunction against Apple’s new iPhone in Europe. Samsung said it would not comment on ongoing legal issues.

Samsung and Apple have been locked in intensifying legal battles in nine countries over their flagship smartphone and tablet products – battles made more complex by the fact that many related patents are held by other internet giants such as Google and Microsoft.

The latest Samsung attacks come after Apple successfully blocked the South Korean firm from selling its latest tablets in Germany and some smartphone models in the Netherlands and forced its rival to delay launching new tablets in Australia.

After Apple’s latest legal victory in Germany earlier in September, Samsung said it would take all available legal options.

Apple first sued the South Korean company in April and Samsung had since counter-sued, arguing Apple infringed on its mobile technologies.

On Monday, September 19, the Food and Drug Administration announced that it found Listeria monocytogenes in samples of Jensen Farms’ Rocky Ford-brand cantaloupe taken from a Denver-area store and on samples taken from equipment and cantaloupe at the Jensen Farms’ packing facility.

 

Listeria monocytogenes causes listeriosis, with fever, muscle aches and vomiting

Listeria monocytogenes causes listeriosis, with fever, muscle aches and vomiting

 

Tests confirmed that the Listeria monocytogenes found in the samples matches one of the three different strains of Listeria monocytogenes associated with the multi-state outbreak of listeriosis.

Jensen Farms recalled its Rocky Ford-brand cantaloupes on September 14 in response to the multi-state outbreak of listeriosis. Cantaloupes from other farms in Colorado, including farms in the Rocky Ford growing area, have not been linked to this outbreak.

Jensen Farms shipped the recalled cantaloupes from July 29 through September 10 to at least 17 states with possible further distribution.

FDA investigators collected cantaloupes and environmental samples from a Denver-area store and from the Jensen Farms packing facility in Granada, after Colorado state health officials identified Jensen Farms’ Rocky Ford-brand cantaloupes as the common food eaten by several listeriosis patients.

 

The Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention reports that 35 people in 10 states, including five deaths, have been infected with the outbreak strains of Listeria monocytogenes.

 

The Food and Drug Administration found Listeria monocytogenes in samples of Jensen Farms’ Rocky Ford-brand cantaloupe

The Food and Drug Administration found Listeria monocytogenes in samples of Jensen Farms’ Rocky Ford-brand cantaloupe. Listeria bacteria can grow in the cantaloupe at room and refrigerator temperatures.

 

Jensen Farms, based in Holly, is cooperating with the FDA and state officials in Colorado. The company is working with federal and state authorities to ensure the recalled cantaloupes are promptly removed from the marketplace. Jensen Farms is also helping federal and state authorities determine the root cause of how the cantaloupes became contaminated.

The FDA’s root-cause investigation and environmental assessment includes the on-site expertise of FDA and state of Colorado microbiologists, environmental health specialists, veterinarians and investigative officers. The experts conducting the assessment will analyze the evidence, determine the most likely cause of contamination and identify potential controls to help prevent contamination in the future. The FDA will use the findings to help inform agency policy regarding Listeria and produce food safety best practices.

The FDA advises consumers, especially persons at high risk for listeriosis (older adults, persons with weakened immune systems and pregnant women) not to eat the recalled cantaloupes and to throw them away. Even if some of the cantaloupe has been eaten without becoming ill, dispose of the rest of the cantaloupe immediately. Listeria bacteria can grow in the cantaloupe at room and refrigerator temperatures. Do not try to wash the harmful bacteria off the cantaloupe as contamination may be both on the inside and outside of the cantaloupe. Cutting, slicing and dicing may also transfer harmful Listeria monocytogenes from the fruit’s surface to the fruit’s flesh.

 

Ankara explosion updates. Suspected bomb killed 3 and wounded 15.

 

Two people have been killed and other 10 have been injured after an explosion rocked the centre of the Turkish capital, Ankara.

The cause of the explosion remains unclear.

Thick smoke could be seen rising from the commercial area of Kizilay in central Ankara.

Two people have been killed and other 10 have been injured after an explosion rocked the centre of the Turkish capital, Ankara

Two people have been killed and other 10 have been injured after an explosion rocked the centre of the Turkish capital, Ankara

A fire started briefly, but was quickly contained by firefighters, reports say.

Several vehicles were damaged and the glass in the windows of nearby buildings shattered, TV reports.

TV footages showed several parked cars ablaze in front of a local state authority’s offices.

Police have cordoned off the area. A bomb squad was also deployed to the location of the blast, reports say.

The injured people are said to have been taken to a city hospital.

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Photographs taken moments before the World War II-era plane went out of control during Reno air race appear to show the pilot was unconscious, according to aviation experts.

According to investigators, the age and medical history of 74-year-old pilot Jimmy Leeward may also prove relevant to their investigation.

A 10th person died overnight from injuries suffered Friday at Reno, Nevada air racing tragedy.

Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center spokeswoman Jamii Uboldi said Monday morning the patient who died was male, but she couldn’t immediately release his name, age and hometown.

ABC News consultant and former pilot Steve Ganyard said that after examining images of the plane before it hit the ground, it appeared Jimmy Leeward was not conscious.

Picture of P-51 Mustang airplane taken moments before crashing at Reno Air Race shows the pilot is absent from the cockpit

Picture of P-51 Mustang airplane taken moments before crashing at Reno Air Race shows the pilot is absent from the cockpit

“There is no pilot’s head in that cockpit.

“It tells me that he was likely unconscious, slumped over the controls.”

The video was shot by a member of the crowd and shown this morning on NBC’s “Today” program.

The news came as it was revealed the aircraft had undergone substantial changes since it was first built in the 1940s, which were done to improve the planes speed and not its safety.

Shattered pieces of the P-51 Mustang’s tail have been recovered that may explain why the pilot lost control.

Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said on Sunday the memory cards will be analyzed to see if there is any footage from the outward facing camera.

Before it crashed, the aircraft also sent information to the racing team crew including oil pressure and temperature, altitude and velocity. That information could help investigators determine what caused the plane to crash.

Investigators said they have not yet been able to verify reports the pilot sent a mayday call before crashing.

The 65-year-old Galloping Ghost underwent years of massive overhauls that took a full 10 feet off its wingspan.

The ailerons – the back edges of the main wings used to control balance – were cut from about 60 inches to 32.

Before he died, Jimmy Leeward had said the changes made the P-51 Mustang faster and more manoeuvrable, but in the months before Friday’s crash even he wasn’t certain exactly how it would perform.

Officials have been focusing on the “elevator trim tab” – a piece of the tail that helps the aircraft maintain lift and appeared to break off before the crash.

The aircraft impacted on the tarmac like a missile, leaving a three-foot deep crater with debris scattered for an acre around the site. A picture taken moments earlier shows the tail piece missing.

From a tour of the site Saturday evening, it appeared that the plane went straight down in the first few rows of VIP box seats, based on the crater’s location.

The aircraft impacted on the tarmac like a missile, leaving a three-foot deep crater with debris scattered for an acre around the site

The aircraft impacted on the tarmac like a missile, leaving a three-foot deep crater with debris scattered for an acre around the site

Investigators also found several pieces of the doomed plane’s tail on Sunday as they resumed their search.

Reno police also provided a GPS mapping system to help investigators recreate the crash scene.

Investigators said they also recovered part of the tail section, where the tab is located.

As investigators look for answers, a photograph has emerged showing that a piece of the tail was missing before the aircraft plummeted to the ground.

NTSB spokesman Mark Rosekind said at a news conference:

“Pictures and video appear to show a piece of the plane was coming off.

“A component has been recovered. We have not identified the component or if it even came from the airplane … We are going to focus on that.”

Tim O’Brien from Grass Valley, California, who is chairman of an air show in his hometown and photographed Friday’s races, took the picture which shows the part missing.

He said pilot Jimmy Leeward’s P-51 was racing six other planes and was in the process of moving from third place into second when it pitched violently upward, rolled and then headed straight down.

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For the first time in 2011, Insomniac sets two nights of electrifying music when Nocturnal Wonderland festival comes back to San Bernardino’s NOS Fairgrounds.

 

From September 23 to September 24, the electronic music fans can enjoy energizing beats with Avicii, Kaskade, Sebastian Ingrosso, Dirty South, Fedde le Grand. Dance music, electronic dance, techno, trance, drum and bass, break beat, house are the festival genres. Nocturnal Wonderland brings the biggest names in music and dance to over 50,000 concert goers.

 

Kaskade will perform at Nocturnal Wonderland 2011

Kaskade will perform at Nocturnal Wonderland 2011

 

Insomniac introduced Nocturnal Festival Texas at Apache Pass Fairgrounds in Rockdale, Texas on Labor Day Weekend 2010. This event was the first Nocturnal Festival outside of California and the first multi-day Nocturnal (September 4 and 5).

On Friday at three of Nocturnal Wonderland venues (Alice’s House, Labyrinth, Sunken Garden) perform 12th Planet, Arty, Avicii, Bunny of RITM, Calyx & Teebee, D. Ramirez, Dirty South, Fedde Le Grand, Fei Fei, Gareth Emery, Icicle, Jaquar Skills, Manufactured Superstars, Marky, Martyparty, MC Sharpness, Nicky Romero, S.P.Y, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, Trent Cantrelle, W&W, and many more TBA.

 

Avicii will be present in Alice's House at Nocturnal Wonderland 2011

Avicii will be present in Alice's House at Nocturnal Wonderland 2011

 

While on Saturday two more stages are added (Queen’s Ground, and Upside Down Room) for Alesso, Anger Dimas, Bassjackers, Breakage, Cosmic Gate featuring Emma Hewitt, Dirtyphonics (live), Droog, Eddie Thoneick, Gabriel & Dresden, Glen Morrison, Jakwob, Joaquin Bamaca, Kaskade, Kyau & Albert, Layo & Bushwacka, Lee Burridge, Loadstar, Mark Knight, Michael Woods, Morgan Page, Original Sin w/ Armanni Reign, Pleasurekraft, Sean Tyas, Sebastian Ingrosso, Showtek, Sigma, Simon Patterson, TC, Tiefshwarz, Victor Calderone, Wippenbergm, plus more TBA.

 

Sebastian Ingrosso, another performer of Nocturnal Wonderland 2011

Sebastian Ingrosso, another performer of Nocturnal Wonderland 2011

 

Each area of Nocturnal Wonderland 2011 is a world of interactive art, fire performers, silt walkers, aerialist and dancers. There are also a large outside areas including a park area.

 

Nocturnal Wonderland 2011

Nocturnal Wonderland 2011

Zero tolerance for drug use or possession said the organizers. The use or possession of any illegal drugs or substances will not be tolerated anywhere inside or outside the venue. Narcotics officers will be working both areas and enforcing all drug related laws.

Nocturnal Wonderland 2011 takes place rain or shine, festival goers have to be prepared for hot weather, sunshine, and cool evenings.

Beyond Wonderland, Escape from Wonderland and Audiotistic are other events that take place at the NOS event center.

Insomniac also organized Electric Daisy Carnival 2011 that was held from May to August in Orlando, Denver, Dallas, Las Vegas, Puerto Rico and attracted over 230,000 visitors in Las Vegas only.

There is also a Nocturnal Wonderland Recovery Party at the Playhouse in Hollywood on Monday, September 26.

 

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A former Kenyan hotel worker was today charged over the abduction of British tourist Judith Tebbutt and the shooting of her husband David.

Ali Babitu Kololo, the 25 year-old father of three, appeared in court on the island of Lamu charged with kidnapping and violent robbery.

David and Judith Tebbutt were attacked on September 11 during their holiday at a remote Kenyan luxury beach resort

Prosecutors said they believed Ali Babitu Kololo was part of a gang of six armed with AK-47 rifles who burst into the Tebbutts’ beach cottage at the Kiwayu Safari Village near the border with Somalia.

Ali Babitu Kololo was involved in the death of David Tebbutt and kidnapping of Judith Tebbutt

Ali Babitu Kololo was involved in the death of David Tebbutt and kidnapping of Judith Tebbutt

 

It is alleged that Ali Babitu Kololo and his unidentified alleged accomplices then stole a handbag, cash and passports from the couple before shooting dead David Tebbutt, 58, and kidnapping his 56 year-old wife, Judith Tebbutt.

Today Kololo, admitted in the court he had led the raiders to the site in the moments before the midnight attack.

But the worker claimed he did so only after the gang of unidentified Somali criminals held him up at gunpoint.

Kololo claimed the raiders drove him first to the town of Odo in Somalia last Saturday before sailing out to sea and ordering him to direct them after dark to the hotel where he had previously been employed as a maintenance worker.

“The men found me as I was cutting down trees in the forest. I was with a colleague but he ran away and the gunmen abducted me. They took me to Odo and from there the hijackers took me deep out in the sea with a boat.

“At around 11pm they took me towards the hotel. They were armed and forced me to show them the way.”

Kololo admitted he had directed the gang to the Kiwayu hotel, which lies around 30 miles from Somalia.

But he told the court that at that stage he did not know the Tebbutts had checked into the resort and said he neither entered the couple’s cottage nor heard the fatal gunshot which killed David Tebbutt.

Ali Babitu Kololo claimed he fled his captors as they landed on the beach before handing himself into police the following day.

“When we landed on the beach it was dark and I ran away into the bushes. They would have killed me had I refused to go with them and I did what I did to save my own life.

“I’m not a bad man. If I was I would not have surrendered to police and informed them.”

Kololo’s statement about his actions on the night of September is the most vivid description yet of the moments before the Tebbutts were attacked.

David and Judith Tebbutt were from Bishop’s Stortford in Hertfordshire and had arrived at the Kiwayu Safari village just hours before the pirates struck.

David Tebbutt, a publishing executive, died in the grass-woven beach hut after being shot in the chest as he apparently resisted the group.

Judith Tebbutt, a deaf social worker, was then bundled into a boat which headed towards Somalia.

Ali Babitu Kololo was arrested on September 11and today pleaded not guilty to both charges against him but was remanded in custody.

The two counts, which do not include murder, represent the state’s belief that Ali Babitu Kololo was involved in the death of David Tebbutt but not necessarily that he was himself directly responsible for the murder.

Speaking afterwards, Ali Babitu Kololo claimed he had been tortured by police.

“They beat and tortured me. They hit my manhood and they beat my stomach.

“Then they refused to let me go to the hospital. They want me to admit that I am guilty but I am innocent so that is something I could never do.”

The suspect was ordered to reappear for a further hearing on October 25.

Ali Babitu Kololo’s lawyer George Wakahiu later said he planned to apply for bail.

Swiss banking giant UBS has admitted that the losses allegedly racked up by “rogue trader” Kweku Adoboli has risen from $2 billion to $2.3 billion.

UBS said the huge loss was caused by unauthorized trades on stock index futures made over the past three months.

It said the transactions Kweku Adoboli made were within normal limits and slipped through risk controls due to “fictitious trades” in complex financial instruments called exchange traded funds (ETFs), which were used to cover up losses.

Kweku Adoboli is charged with $2.3 billion fraud at Swiss banking giant UBS

Kweku Adoboli is charged with $2.3 billion fraud at Swiss banking giant UBS

According to UBS, “the true magnitude of the risk exposure was distorted” because the hedges that traders are required to put in place had been fabricated.

The bank also suggested that the trades involved “unauthorized speculative” bets on various S&P 500, Dax and Eurostoxx index futures, rather than on the Swiss franc, as some had thought.

Swiss banking giant also claims that the non-existent hedges entered into its records were “fictitious, forward-settling, cash ETF positions”, trades that had never actually been executed.

UBS also countered suggestions that it did not notice the trades until Kweku Adoboli came forward.

UBS said that Kweku Adoboli, who was charged on Friday with fraud and false accounting, had been responding to the bank’s inquiries.

It appears that the fraud came to light last Wednesday during a review of Kweku Adoboli’s trading book, which it has now unwound.

UBS has now launched an internal investigation regarding the failure of its risk systems.

UBS board of directors had set up a committee chaired by independent director David Sidwell, former chief financial officer at Morgan Stanley, to conduct an independent investigation into the trades and the bank’s control systems.

UBS stunned markets on Thursday when it announced unauthorized trades had lost it about $2 billion.

The figure was raised by a further $300 million on Sunday, and chief executive Oswald Gruebel said the alleged fraud would have consequences for strategy and possibly also for himself.

The huge loss is a heavy blow to the reputation of Switzerland’s biggest bank, which had just started to recover after its near collapse during the financial crisis and a damaging U.S. investigation into its aiding wealthy Americans to dodge taxes.

By 7:45 a.m. UBS shares were down 1.6% at 10.10 francs, outperforming a 2.6% slide on the European banking stocks index.

UBS CEO Oswald Gruebel said he would not be resigning, and said calls for his resignation were “purely political” and that he was “not thinking about stepping down”.

Gruebel added that while he bore ultimate responsibility, he did not feel “guilty” for failing to prevent the costly and embarrassing incident.

Gruebel defiant stance comes amid suggestions that Swiss regulators could tell the bank to hive off or close down its investment banking division, which houses the “Delta One” desk where Kweku Adoboli worked.

The Financial Services Authority and Swiss regulators have drafted in accountancy firm Deloitte to investigate the affair.

Meanwhile, UBS senior independent director David Sidwell, a former finance chief at JP Morgan Chase, is leading the bank’s own probe into the matter.

Madonna’s film W.E. will be re-edited ahead of its December release following the poor critics received at the Venice and Toronto film festivals, according to reports.

The W.E. (Wallis&Edward) drama is based on the controversial romance between King Edward VIII and his American divorcee wife Wallis Simpson. The story is brought to the present time by a 21st-century New Yorker who becomes obsessed with the pair. W.E. is Madonna’s first full-length film as a director.

Madonna's film, WE will be re-edited ahead of its December release

Madonna's film, WE will be re-edited ahead of its December release

W.E. will be distributed in the US by the Weinstein company, which is co-owned by Harvey Weinstein, a producer known for his interventionist approach in the cutting room.

According to Daily Mail’s Baz Bamigboye and the New York Post’s Page Six column, W.E. would probably lose 10 minutes from its running time.

Madonna showed her willingness to return to the editing room in a conversation with Baz Bamigboye in Venice.

“Maybe it needs a bit of this and a bit of that, and maybe it is still a work in progress,” the singer said.

“For God’s sake, I hope it’s over with soon!”

Critical response to W.E., which stars Abbie Cornish, Andrea Riseborough, Oscar Isaac and James D’Arcy, has been mixed at best during its festival run.

There had been some talk of awards season buzz for W.E. prior to its festival run. Last year’s big UK winner at the Oscars, The King’s Speech, also touched on the story of the relationship between Edward and Wallis Simpson, a romance which prompted the monarch to abdicate in 1936.

President Barack Obama will unveil plans on Monday to reduce the massive US deficit by about $3.6 trillion over the next 10 years, with about half of the savings expected to come from higher taxes on the wealthy and big corporations.

US president will unveil the new proposals at the White House and they will be submitted to a congressional “super-committee” that was created in August to draw up a deficit-reduction plan. The massive cuts plan will reach some important points such as:

Barack Obama unveils the plan to reduce the massive US deficit by about $3.6 trillion over the next 10 years

Barack Obama unveils the plan to reduce the massive US deficit by about $3.6 trillion over the next 10 years

Tax increases

Obama’s plans would include roughly $1.5 trillion in tax increases aimed mainly at wealthy Americans and corporations, people familiar with the proposal said. It isn’t fair to those living at or below their means who are saving receipts, researching tax credits, and using every possible tax calculator available, while the wealthy barely have to lift a finger. The president is set to unveil a “Buffett tax” aimed at those earning $1 million or more a year and named after billionaire investor Warren Buffett, a persistent critic of low tax rates for the rich.

$800 billion in savings would come from allowing George Bush’s tax cuts for wealthy Americans to expire.

Another $700 billion would come from ridding the tax code of special breaks. Obama has proposed limiting deductions for higher-income households and eliminating breaks for oil and gas companies and firms that purchase corporate jets.

Retirement benefits

Barack Obama’s plan would avoid large-scale cuts in big middle-class entitlement programs such as the social security retirement program and the Medicare health plan for older Americans.

The cuts plan includes $248 billion in savings from the Medicare health program. Many of the cuts would come from reduced payments to health providers. US president will also recommend roughly another $330 billion in savings from other entitlement programs.

Administration officials said Barack Obama will pledge to veto any plan to cut benefits for Medicare recipients unless the wealthy and big corporations are required to pay their “fair share” of taxes.

The plan would not raise the age at which retirees become eligible for Medicare benefits.

Barack Obama also will not propose any changes to social security.

Iraq and Afghanistan wars

The plan assumes $1.1 trillion in savings from winding down the war in Iraq and moving ahead with planned troop reductions from Afghanistan. Critics are likely to label this element of the plan a “gimmick” because it does not represent new policy but instead reflects drawdowns of US forces that have already been announced.

Interest payments

The plan assumes $430 billion in savings on interest payments following the cuts elsewhere in the budget.

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Judith Tebbutt, the kidnapped British tourist in Kenya is refusing food and defying her captors who are continually moving her to different locations, sources in Somalia claimed Sunday.

Locals reported explosions, believed to be bombs dropped by Kenyan or U.S. helicopters, in the Kismayo area of Somalia where Judith Tebbutt, 56, was brought ashore “kicking and screaming” last Monday after she was abducted and her husband David Tebbutt shot dead at their Kenyan beach lodge in Kiwayu Safari Village.

A Kenyan man is due to appear today in court at Lamu, 40 miles south of the murder scene, to face charges of abduction and robbery.

 

Ali Babitu Kololo, a Kenyan handyman, was arrested over the abduction of Judith Tebbutt

Ali Babitu Kololo, a Kenyan handyman, was arrested over the abduction of Judith Tebbutt

 

Ali Babitu Kololo, a 25 year-old handyman, is a former employee of the Kiwayu Safari Village and has allegedly told police he helped direct the armed kidnappers to Tebbutts lodge.

The handyman has claimed he did so only under duress after being held up at gunpoint himself.

Kenyan police have also arrested a second suspect, Isa Sheikh Saadi, 37.

The Al Shabaab Islamist group fighting to overthrow the Somalian government has claimed that it seized Judith Tebbutt and murdered David Tebbutt.

The claim is impossible to verify because the group have yet to offer any evidence they are truly holding Judith Tebbutt.

On Sunday afternoon it was also claimed that she was in the hands of Somali pirates in the centre of the country.

One of the pirates, calling himself Mohamed, said:

“My colleagues brought her. I am among the ones guarding her. Although you can understand the fatigue from her face, she is healthy.”

Kenyan witnesses said Judith Tebbutt was “kicking and screaming” as armed bandits dragged her ashore from a speedboat into a convoy of four-wheel-drive Toyotas last Monday.

“She was resisting all the time and the men were forcing her into the car,” a harbor porter said.

Sources in Somalia claimed woman had been moved several times last week and again on Saturday night.

Judith Tebbutt had refused offers of spaghetti and rice, and had rebuffed all attempts to enter into conversation.

“She doesn’t eat and she’s not saying anything,” said a Somali source who has spoken to members of the Al Shabaab group.

“They know she is deaf but have been trying to communicate with hand signals, but she ignores them.”

Publishing executive David Tebbutt and his wife,Judith Tebbutt, a social worker, from Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire, were halfway through a two-week holiday when they were attacked by three armed raiders in Kiwayu, 20 miles from the border with Somalia, one week ago.

The attackers shot David Tebbutt with an AK-47 rifle and whisked Judith Tebbutt away by boat in her night clothes to an island off the coast of Somalia before transferring her to Kismayo the next day.

David Tebbutt’s body is expected to be brought back to Britain this week.

The 63rd edition of Primetime Emmy Awards contained enough surprises to confound oddsmakers as well as skeptics who consider the awards show too predictable.

Modern Family, the ABC production won Best Comedy Series award for the second straight year and another two acting prizes (for Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell, who play a harried married couple) as well.

The cast and crew of Modern Family at Emmy Awards 2011

The cast and crew of "Modern Family" at Emmy Awards 2011

Mad Men, about the New York ad industry in the 1960s, won its fourth consecutive Emmy as Best Drama, a feat last achieved by NBC’s White House series The West Wing nearly a decade ago.

Jim Parsons of CBS’ nerd sitcom The Big Bang Theory repeated his win from last year, Actor in Comedy Series award and Julianna Margulies, a previous winner for ER, won Actress in Drama Series Award for CBS’ legal drama The Good Wife.

Melissa McCarthy of the CBS sitcom Mike & Molly, Kyle Chandler of the now-canceled small-town soap Friday Night Lights, and Barry Pepper for his role as Robert F. Kennedy in the controversial Reelz miniseries The Kennedys were the other surprises of the Sunday evening ceremony.

At Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony held at the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles and hosted by Jane Lynch of Glee and aired live nationwide on Fox, the win for Mad Men was almost unexpected, according to its creator.

“Oh, my goodness,” said Matthew Weiner, as the cast crowded behind him onstage.

“I did not think that was going happen.”

Some of the  observers had speculated that voters at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences might pass the baton instead to either of two acclaimed new HBO dramas, the Prohibition mob story Boardwalk Empire or the fantasy Game of Thrones.

Boardwalk Empire won only one award for Oscar-winning film director Martin Scorsese, who had never previously won an Emmy. PBS’ Downton Abbey drama miniseries was ranked second.

“I must say, this is something I really never dreamed of,” Martin Scorsese told reporters backstage of his win for Boardwalk Empire.

“It’s a different medium in a way, although we approached <<Boardwalk Empire>> as a film — a very long film. It’s just as exciting.”

The British winners of Emmy Awards 2011 were Maggie Smith (for Downton Abbey), Julian Fellowes (who created and wrote much of Downton Abbey) and Kate Winslet, who won the award for the title role in HBO’s miniseries remake of Mildred Pierce.

Kate Winslet won the Emmy Award for lead actress in a miniseries or TV movie for her part in "Mildred Pierce"

Kate Winslet won the Emmy Award for lead actress in a miniseries or TV movie for her part in "Mildred Pierce"

“Oh, I didn’t think I was going to win anything!” Kate Winslet said onstage.

Kyle Chandler won Actor in Drama Series Award as Eric Taylor, the stoic football coach on Friday Night Lights, which this year wrapped up five critically acclaimed but perilously low-rated seasons, first on NBC and then on DirecTV.

Kyle Chandler’s competition include three multiple Emmy nominees who have never won: Jon Hamm of Mad Men, Hugh Laurie of Fox’s House and Michael C. Hall of Showtime’s Dexter.

“I did not write anything and now I’m starting to worry,” Kyle Chandler said during his speech.

Other first-time winners included supporting actor, drama, Peter Dinklage, for his part as the Imp, a crafty and debauched member of the ruling family in Game of Thrones; and supporting actress, drama, Margo Martindale, for her role as an unlikely crime boss in FX’s Justified.

Peter Dinklage summed up the unpredictable nature of the evening by saluting his rivals for the supporting dramatic actor category, including John Slattery of Mad Men and Alan Cumming of The Good Wife.

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The 2011 Rugby World Cup is the seventh edition of the quadrennial international rugby union competition inaugurated in 1987. The International Rugby Board (IRB) chose New Zealand as the host country in preference to Japan and South Africa at a meeting in Dublin on 17 November 2005. The IRB Council eliminated South Africa in the first of two rounds of voting.

 

Rugby World Cup 2011 was officially opened in the middle of spectacular fireworks and parade in front of 60,000 fans at Eden Park.

 

An amazing choreographed pageant represented the spirit of rugby and the Rugby World Cup – past, present and future – to a television audience estimated worldwide to be in the millions.

The story that led to 20 teams from around the world coming to NZ to compete with each other at the 7th Rugby World Cup was told by a cast of 1000 volunteers from the rugby-playing nations.

 

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During the show, pictures of rugby history were transmitted in the stadium, containing a huge roll of honor depicting the names of the highest scorers from each nation in their World Cup histories accompanied by a performance of the RWC anthem World in Union.

And, as always in anything that is rugby in New Zealand, it culminated in a huge, ardent and passionate haka, devised with the input of Maori throughout New Zealand and performed in tandem with the fireworks display to bring the ceremony to a exciting end.

Rugby World Cup 2011 - haka

Rugby World Cup 2011 - haka

 

John Key, New Zealand’s prime minister, expressed the enthusiasm his country felt at hosting the Rugby World Cup for a second time. Afterwards Rugby World Cup Limited Chairman Bernard Lapasset welcomed the world to New Zealand in the language of the Maori before switching to English to declare:

 

‘’New Zealand has dreamed for 24 years of welcoming back the world’s greatest players to the world’s greatest rugby stage. Tonight that dream comes true.’’

‘’This great country and its wonderful people will be the most exceptional hosts of a tournament that New Zealanders and rugby fans alike will be proud of,’’ he said.

‘’It is my honor and privilege to declare Rugby World Cup 2011 in New Zealand officially open.’’

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 9/11: New tapes of aviation industry’s response as WTC fell.

 

9/11: Nine little known facts.

 

9/11 WTC rescuers at higher risk of cancer, The Lancet reveals.

 

9/11 Intercepted: Documentary

 

9/11 Intercepted is a documentary about the events of 9/11. There were war games, simulated radar tracks, aircraft exceeding their max operating limits by more than 130-150 knots, inaccurate aircraft position reports, false aircraft target reports, aircraft converging — flying virtually in formation with — and then diverging from reported 9/11 aircraft, fighters launched in the wrong direction, aircraft seemingly still airborne after the alleged attack, poor communications, phones not working…. What happened in the skies on the morning of September 11, 2001?

Why were our defenses ineffective? Pilots For 9/11 Truth analyze NORAD response, audio recordings as well as Radar data provided by government agencies.

Watch online below and judge for yourself:

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Typhoon Talas killed at least 18 people and left more than 50 missing after hitting the western area of Japan.

Typhoon Talas came with heavy rain and winds of up to 68 mph after making landfall on Shikoku Island on Saturday.

Talas is the season’s 12th typhoon and is now moving slowly north across the Sea of Japan, according to the Japan’s Meteorological Agency Sunday statement.

Kiho, central Japan on Sunday

Kiho, central Japan on Sunday

 

The tropical storm Talas had crossed the southern Japanese island of Shikoku and the central part of the main island of Honshu early on Sunday.

But because of the storm’s slow speed, forecasters warned heavy rains and strong winds would continue, increasing the likelihood of more floods and landslides.

Almost 500,000 people in western and central Japan were issued with evacuation orders and advisories, according to Kyodo News agency.

The worst hit areas were in Nara and Wakayama prefectures, with homes swept away by flood waters and landslides.

In Wakayama prefecture, three homes were buried in a landslide and one woman who was rescued later died, four people remained missing and a 14-year old girl was saved from the debris, police said.

Wakayama, an iron bridge over the Nachi River in Nachikatsuura town

Wakayama, an iron bridge over the Nachi River in Nachikatsuura town

According to police, 10 people were dead and 32 people were missing.

In Nara Prefecture, local NHK TV said seven people were missing after their homes were swept away down a river.

According to police, among the dead was a woman who appeared to be in her 30s whose body was found in a river in Ehime prefecture on Shikoku.

In Nara prefecture, a 73-year-old man died after a landslide caused his house to collapse.

TV footage showed a bridge swept away after intense rainfall, which swelled a normally placid river to a raging brown torrent, and people holding umbrellas were seen wading through knee-deep water in city streets.

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