domingo, 10 de noviembre de 2013

Apple updates iMac with Intel processors - GMA News

"Grand Theft Auto V" Sales Surpass $1 Billion In Three Days - WPRO

Syrian rebels committed crimes against humanity: HRW - Tehran Times


North Korea puts army on alert, warns U.S. of 'horrible disaster' - Tehran Times


Saudi Women in Drive to get Behind the Wheel - Voice of America

Bill Enacted to Avert Default, Re-Open US Government - Voice of America

'No woman, no drive:' Saudi satire with a Bob Marley twist - Al-Arabiya

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US senate leaders strike deal to end debt impasse: senator - Hindustan Times

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Twitter's private filing prepares investors for wave of secrecy - Livemint

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Biscuit factory site for 800 homes - The Independent

sábado, 9 de noviembre de 2013

I think Miley Cyrus' brilliant, says Britney Spears - Business Standard

Ferguson praises Rooney with 'back to best' comments to heal 'long' rift - Business Standard

Video: Scarlett Johansson mamed Esquire's Sexiest Woman alive - Belfast Telegraph

Pogues guitarist Chevron mourned new

Phil Chevron, the guitarist for The Pogues, has died aged 56.

649000 border alerts about possible drug and tobacco smuggling deleted over ... - The Independent

Home Secretary, Theresa May, accused of presiding over a 'catalogue of chaos' at ports and airports

Sumatran rhino caught on camera -

The footage, filmed on June 23, June 30 and August 3, is believed to show different rhinos although the WWF said confirmation of this will require further study.

Downton Abbey's second episode scores 9.6m viewers for ITV - The Independent

The drama's ratings continue to go from strength to strength after last week's record-breaking season premiere

Nick Clegg denies coalition rift over free schools education policy - The Independent

Lib Dem leader set to attack Conservative policy on educational institutions that don't have to meet core standards

GTA V video: fighting a shark -

Grand Theft Auto 5 has been greeted with praise from all quarters of the gaming world, not least for the immense detail of Los Santos, the world which players inhabit.

viernes, 8 de noviembre de 2013

RCMP probe possibility blonde girl 'Maria' raised by Greek Roma is Canadian - Toronto Star


Christos Salis, 39, right, and his companion Eleftheria Dimopoulou, 40, pose with the little girl only known as "Maria" in the Larisa regional police headquarters, Greece.

Winslet attends premiere before own 'Labor Day' - USA TODAY

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Marcia Wallace dies, voice of 'Simpsons' Krabappel -

Marcia Wallace, the voice of scoffing schoolteacher Edna Krabappel on The Simpsons, whose wise-cracking characters on The Bob Newhart Show and other prime-time hits endeared her to generations of TV viewers, has died.

Cameron's challenges at the Tory conference - The Independent

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Godfrey Bloom to resign as Ukip MEP after controversial 'sluts' remark - The Independent

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Vince Cable in conversation with Steve Richards - The Independent

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Ed Miliband versus Paul Dacre: Going to war with the Daily Mail might actually ... - The Independent

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Farage: 'Bloom destroyed Ukip party conference' -

The Ukip leader, spoke following comments made by Godfrey Bloom, who was recorded calling two women "sluts" after they said that they do not clean behind their fridge.

Kenya shopping mall attack: Four-year-old British boy freed and given Mars bar ... - The Independent

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Apple's iPad Air launches today but Retina mini not expected until spring 2014 - The Independent

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Forget your jumper, this thermoelectric wristband can heat or cool your entire body - The Independent

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Boxing: Lennox Lewis prepared to make comeback in fight with Wladimir ... - The Independent

48-year-old Lewis, who was the last man to hold all four belts at heavyweight, has said he would be prepared to fight the younger of the Klitschko brothers but only for the biggest purse in boxing history

Giving Labor's grassroots such a big say could be catastrophic - Brisbane Times

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jueves, 7 de noviembre de 2013

League Cup - including Spurs, Man City, ChelseaLive - BBC Sport

Leicester: Schmeichel, Moore, Wasilewski, Miquel, Bakayogo, Hammond, James, Drinkwater, Taylor-Fletcher, Hopper, Schlupp. Subs: De Laet, Konchesky, Whitbread, Dyer, Knockaert, Logan, Nugent.

Derby: Grant, Freeman, Keogh, Buxton, Forsyth, Coutts, Bryson, Hughes, Russell, Sammon, Martin. Subs: Smith, Ward, Jacobs, Deeney, Eustace, Davies, Bennett.

Referee: Dean Whitestone (Northamptonshire)

Treasury considers tax raid on foreign property owners - Financial Times

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Chris Brown arrested: Singer charged with felony assault in fight near hotel - Toronto Star

Brown, 24, was charged with felony assault in an incident that started just before 4:30 a.m., D.C. police spokesman Paul Metcalf said Sunday morning. Chris Hollosy, 35, also was arrested on felony assault charges, Metcalf said. Police believe the two men were together during the incident but said they couldn't confirm any relationship between the suspects.

Video: Missouri Ghost Hunters Society catch the Spook Light on camera - Belfast Telegraph

US National Security Agency taps into communications links used by Google ... -

The newly disclosed program, operated jointly with the United Kingdom's Government Communications Headquarters, or GCHQ, amassed 181 million records in one recent 30-day span, according to one document reported by the Post. It could not be learned how much of that included material from US residents, how the agency redacted data on them or how much of the information was retained.

Police plea for absconded murderer Alan Giles to return - BBC News

Detectives hunting for a convicted killer who absconded from prison have issued an appeal for him to hand himself in.

Alan John Giles absconded from HMP Hewell, near Redditch, on Monday.

At a news conference, Chief Inspector Paul Judge said "we are urging the public to help us in finding Alan Giles as soon as possible".

Sunderland 2-1 Newcastle: Alan Pardew rues Sunderland sucker punch - BBC Sport

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In pictures: Kenya shootout in Nairobi's Westgate mall - BBC News

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Prince George christened at St James's Palace, London - BBC News

The christening of Prince George has taken place in the Chapel Royal at St James's Palace in London.

The prince, third in line to the throne, was baptised by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Prince George was wearing a a replica of the lace and satin christening gown made for Queen Victoria's eldest daughter, Victoria, the Princess Royal, in 1841.

India stampede: Eyewitness describes horror of scene - BBC News

More than 60 pilgrims have been killed and 100 injured in a stampede near a temple in Madhya Pradesh state in central India, police say.

Eyewitness Atul Chaudhary said he heard shouting and saw people jump into the river.

"When after five or ten minutes things quietened down, we could only see bodies on the bridge," he told the BBC.

Endless war, endless suffering in Syria - Toronto Star

Of the Syrians who have survived the war so far, some 5 million are virtual refugees in their own country – trapped in neighborhoods isolated by military blockades, or uprooted from their homes and living in vacant buildings, schools, mosques, parks and crowded homes of relatives. Most are desperately short of food and medicine, a deprivation likely to worsen as winter sets in.

CNN's Carol Costello Takes A Shot At Fox News Site For Calling Shutdown A ... - Huffington Post

  • A hand-written sign informs visitors to Faneuil Hall, the nation's oldest public meeting hall, that restrooms are closed as a result of the partial government shutdown in Boston, Mass., Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013. A long-running dispute over President Barack Obama's health care law stalled a temporary funding bill, forcing about 800,000 federal workers off the job and suspending most non-essential federal programs and services. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

  • 2 on Sri Lankan Airlines flight arrested in UK on suspicion of endangering an ... - Washington Post

    Police said Saturday that it was a criminal matter rather than suspected terrorism, but they gave no details of what the two suspects were doing aboard the plane.

    The flight originated in Colombo, Sri Lanka, and had been scheduled to land at London's Heathrow Airport.

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    Patti Smith reflects on her late friend Lou Reed -

    "I was so taken with their music," she said on Monday as she spoke of her friend, inspiration and fellow poet-musician, who died on Sunday at 71. "I made it my business to study him. His process completely spoke to me, the process of merging poetry with these surf rhythms, this pulsing loop. You could get into a trance listening to 12 minutes of Sister Ray."

    Halle Berry gives birth to baby boy - Daily News & Analysis

    Halle Berry and her husband Olivier Martinez welcomed a baby boy in their lives on Saturday, the actress' representative has confirmed.

    Berry delivered the baby at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, E! News reported.

    This is the second child for Berry and first for Martinez.

    Berry is already a mother to 5-year-old daughter, Nahla, with her former boyfriend, Gabriel Aubry.

    Iran 'hangs 16 rebels' in response to border ambush - BBC News

    Iranian news agencies say 16 rebels have been hanged in retaliation for the deaths of at least 14 border guards in an ambush on Friday.

    The rebels were "linked to groups hostile to the regime", the attorney general of Sistan-Baluchistan province was quoted as saying.

    It is not clear what link, if any, those hanged had to the border attack.

    James Reynolds reports.

    Mitchell row: More allegations in growing power struggle - BBC News

    Act one in police drama

    What began as an argument about what a minister did or did not say one night at the gates of Downing Street has now turned into a full scale battle about who can be trusted to tell the truth.

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    miércoles, 6 de noviembre de 2013

    How the NSA Is Trying to Sabotage a US Government-Funded ... - Slate Magazine (blog)

    Tor works by masking users' IP addresses, bouncing their connection through a complex network of computers. Each day, the tool is used by about 500,000 people, many of whom are pro-democracy activists in authoritarian countries, journalists, human rights advocates, and others whose work can be compromised by government surveillance or censorship. But the software can also be used by criminal groups and terrorist plotters, which makes it of particular interest to spy agencies.

    Johnson: 'I don't know what a pint of milk costs - so what?' - BBC News

    The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has admitted that he does not know the price of a pint of milk.

    In an interview on Newsnight, Conservative Mr Johnson was questioned about whether he was in touch with the squeeze that people in the country were feeling.

    Jeremy Paxman asked the Mayor if he understood that Labour's message about the rising cost of living was striking a chord with voters.

    Daniel Pelka report 'disheartening and worrying' - BBC News

    Amy Weir, chair of the Coventry Safeguarding Children Board, has said the serious case review into Daniel Pelka's death is "disheartening, disappointing and generally worrying".

    Chances were missed to help Daniel, who was murdered by his mother and her partner after suffering "terrifying and dreadful" abuse, the report has found.

    The review found he was "invisible" at times and "no professional tried sufficiently hard enough" to talk to him.

    April Jones: Teacher reads out poem at funeral - BBC News

    A poem, April, was read at April Jones's funeral service written by Jim Marshall, a local man at the time of the schoolgirl's disappearance.

    It was read by Sian Calban, a teacher at April's school.

    Five-year-old April was abducted from outside her home in Machynlleth, Powys on 1 October 2012 and murdered. Her body has never been found.

    Local man, Mark Bridger, 47, was convicted of killing her and jailed for life.

    David Davis: 'Police must tell whole truth' - BBC News

    A senior conservative MP has criticised three Police Federation reps for failing to "tell the whole truth" about the so-called Plebgate affair involving former chief whip Andrew Mitchell.

    David Davis, a former shadow home secretary and friend of Mr Mitchell, said the public should be able to trust the police force.

    He told the BBC: "The small number of bad apples ought to be capable of being taken out and dealt with."

    Report: Western Soldiers Raid Islamist Base Overnight - Daily Beast

    Western fighters reportedly raided an Islamist base in Somalia overnight on Saturday. Al-Shabab, the militant group responsible for the Nairobi shopping mall attack, claims "white soldiers" arrived by boat at the port of Barawe, a city south of Mogadishu. The rebels reportedly drove them off, losing a fighter in the process. Although no one has taken responsibility for the alleged raid, both U.S. and French special forces have undertaken such operations in recent years.

    St Jude's storm whips across northern Europe - BBC News

    The St Jude's storm that battered southern Britain on Monday morning has hit northern Europe.

    In Germany, two people died when their car was crushed by a falling tree, and in Brittany, western France, a woman was swept out to sea.

    One woman was killed by a falling tree in Amsterdam, while motorways across Belgium have been left closed.

    Footage from around Europe shows the impact of the storm, including on pedestrians.

    Two plead not guilty to Rigby murder - BBC News

    Two men accused of murdering soldier Lee Rigby on 22 May in Woolwich, south-east London, have pleaded not guilty.

    Michael Adebolajo, 28, from Romford, east London, and Michael Adebowale, 22, from Greenwich, south-east London, denied the charges at the Old Bailey.

    The men also denied attempting to murder a police officer on that day, as well as planning to murder a police officer on or before that day.

    The BBC's Matt Prodger has more details.

    Four arrested suspected of planning terror attack in UK - BBC News

    Four men who were arrested in London on Sunday night are suspected of being involved in a serious plot by Islamist terrorists to mount a firearms attack in Britain, according to police.

    They have also revealed that two of the suspects were arrested when officers shot the tyres of a car in which they were travelling.

    All four were arrested on suspicion of commissioning, preparing or instigating acts of terrorism.

    June Kelly reports.

    UN Members Agree on Syria Disarmament - Wall Street Journal

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    Mount Etna eruption lights up Sicilian sky - BBC News

    An eruption by Europe's most active volcano has sent a tower of sparks and fire into the sky around it.

    The plume of ash rising from Mount Etna can be seen across much of eastern Sicily. Its eruptions are not infrequent, but the last major one occurred in 1992.

    The nearest airport and airspace were forced to close temporarily but none of the villages on the slopes of the mountain have been forced to evacuate so far.

    House Speaker Boehner on shutdown: 'This isn't some damn game' - BBC News

    Republican House Speaker John Boehner has criticised President Barack Obama and Democratic Senate leaders for refusing to open negotiations with Republicans over the government shutdown.

    "All we're asking for is to sit down and have a discussion," he told reporters. "This isn't some damn game."

    The US government began a partial shutdown earlier this week after Republicans refused to approve a budget, saying they would only do so if funding for Mr Obama's healthcare reforms were delayed.

    Weather system to 'pack a punch' on Monday - BBC News

    Strong winds and heavy rain predicted for Monday could cause disruption across Wales and southern England, according to forecasters.

    The Met Office issued an amber alert for wind and there is also concern that heavy rain could cause flooding.

    It warned people to "be prepared for the risk of falling trees as well as damage to buildings and other structures" caused by strong winds.

    Nick Miller explains where and when the storm is predicted to hit.

    Obama catches fainting woman - BBC News

    President Barack Obama has caught a woman who was apparently about to faint while he hosted a press conference at the White House.

    "I got you," he told the woman as she began to swoon during a Rose Garden event to address glitches in his administration's healthcare-insurance website.

    "This happens when I talk too long," the president quipped.

    The woman, Karmel Allison, recovered and said later she was a pregnant diabetic, tweeting: "Thanks, @BarackObama for catching me!"

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    Somali pirate 'Big Mouth' caught by 'film' police sting - BBC News

    The offer to advise on a film about his own life was too irresistible for a retired Somali pirate.

    Mohammed Abdi Hassan, also known as Big Mouth, was detained at Brussels international airport on Saturday after a sting operation in which undercover agents persuaded him that they wanted to make a documentary about his acts of piracy.

    He is now in custody over his alleged involvement in the hijacking of a Belgian ship in 2009.

    Jonathan Josephs reports.

    Breaking Bad withdrawal sets in as fans say goodbye to series - (blog)

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    martes, 5 de noviembre de 2013

    Former British foreign minister Jack Straw stepping down as MP - Straits Times

    LONDON (AFP) - Former British foreign secretary Jack Straw has said he would step down as a member of parliament at the 2015 general election.

    Straw, 67, was foreign secretary under prime minister Tony Blair as Britain went to war in Iraq in 2003.

    The lawmaker for the Labour Party, now in opposition, has served continuously as an MP since 1979, representing the town of Blackburn in northwest England.

    He was one of only three people to serve in the Cabinet throughout the Labour administrations of 1997 to 2010 under Blair and Gordon Brown.

    British Gas to put prices up by 9.2% - BBC News

    British Gas has become the second big energy supplier in a week to announce a big rise in fuel prices this winter.

    Electricity bills will go up by 10.4%, gas will rise by 8.4%, adding more than £120 to the average bill.

    The Energy Secretary, Ed Davey, says he is extremely disappointed by the price hike and he has urged British Gas customers to make big savings by switching to one of the smaller, cheaper suppliers who he says are managing their costs more efficiently.

    John Moylan reports.

    Roma girl 'can return to France' - BBC News

    French President Francois Hollande has said a 15-year-old Roma girl who was deported to Kosovo can return to France on her own if she wants to continue her studies.

    The girl was taken from a bus in front of her classmates during a school outing, after her family failed in its quest to obtain asylum in the country.

    Leonarda Dibrani was sent to Kosovo, where her father was born, despite having never lived in Kosovo and the rest of her family being Italian.

    Christian Fraser reports from Paris.

    EU fury over claims US tapped at least 35 world leaders' phones - The Times (subscription)

    European leaders have reacted with anger after it emerged that the US National Security Agency had monitored their telephone conversations after obtaining their numbers from a government official.

    A leaked National Security Agency document showed that US spies listened in on at least 35 world leaders' phone calls after asking senior White House officials to share their contacts.

    US official alone was said to have passed on 200 numbers, including those of the 35 world leaders, who were immediately "tasked" for monitoring by the NSA according to the 2006 memo, leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden and reported by The Guardia

    Police drop investigation into minister's business that sold contentious software - The Times (subscription)

    A company founded by Cabinet minister Grant Shapps could have committed fraud by advertising a controversial piece of software, according to legal advice received by Scotland Yard.

    Despite the revelation, the Metropolitan Police has decided not to open a criminal investigation into How To Corp, which Mr Shapps founded before passing his slice of his business to his wife in 2008.

    Demands for a police investigation were raised by Labour MP Steve McCabe last year. It followed allegations that the company was selling a piece of software that "scraped" written content from other websites to help companies boost their own

    Two gunned down outside far-right Golden Dawn office - The Times (subscription)

    Two men were killed and third injured after gunmen opened fire outside the offices of Greece's neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party in Athens yesterday evening.

    The unknown assailants parked their motorbike close to a local office of the far-right party before approaching the victims, firing and then fleeing on the bike.

    The two men killed were aged 22 and 25, police said, without giving details on their identities or political affiliation.

    Local Greek media reported that the victims were members of Golden Dawn. The party had planned a meeting for Friday night in the Athens suburb of Neo Iraklio, where the

    How to build a digital robot dinosaur - BBC News

    Scientists from the University of Manchester have created a "digital robot" of the biggest dinosaur ever to have walked the Earth - Argentinosaurus.

    This animated sauropod has shown the researchers how these creatures would have walked, showing that supporting their 80 tonne weight would have stretched muscle and bone to the limits of its capabilities.

    The team used a laser scan of the dinosaur's skeleton and mapped onto that its tendons and bones.

    Here, Dr Bill Sellers, who led the study, describes how the model was able to "learn how to walk".

    Video journalists: Victoria Gill and Phil Edwards

    Jimmy Savile's former chaffeur Ray Teret granted conditional bail -

    He is charged with 15 counts of rape of a female under 16, one count of rape, one count of attempted rape of a female under 16, six counts of indecent assault of a female under 16, three counts of indecent assault of a female under 14 and one count of gross indecency with a child under 13.

    Teret, of Woodlands Road, Altrincham, also faces two counts of conspiracy to rape a girl under 16, one count of possession of extreme pornography, one count of possession of prohibited images and one count of possession of an indecent image of a child.

    He was bailed until November 15, to appear at Manchester Crown Court.

    Free school failings a 'blow for Cameron' - The Times (subscription)

    A flagship free school claimed tens of thousands of pounds of public money which was not used for its intended purposes, it has been revealed.

    The disclosure on the BBC's Newsnight programme, alleging that invoices were falsified and £86,000 was misused, comes after an investigation by the Education Funding Agency found "serious failings" in the financial management of Kings Science Academy (KSA) in Bradford.

    It also emerged that the headmaster Sajid Raza employed a number of family members to work, including his brother as a governor, sister as a senior teacher and his father as school bus driver.

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    Chelsea Eliminates Arsenal - New York Times

    César Azpilicueta seized on a defensive blunder and Juan Mata scored a slick second goal as Chelsea dumped Arsenal out of the League Cup with a 2-0 victory. In a surprise, Fulham was beaten, 4-3, by the second-tier club Leicester.

    Fish sex keeps Hampshire, England residents awake at night - (blog)

    The number of complaints the district council receives has increased from 10 to 30 a week, with no end in sight. 

    "I thought I was going mad at first. I hear it every night unless it's windy or raining," Linda Zammit, of Woolston, Southampton, told The Independent. "It doesn't keep me awake but it stops me getting back to sleep if I do happen to wake up." 

    Sound monitoring equipment is being installed at a number of properties whose residents have made complaints. Those people are also being asked to keep a diary of what they hear. 

    spider school closure branded 'ridiculous' -

    One mother, whose son attends Dean Academy, said she thought authorities had overreacted, creating unnecessary panic.

    "The stories have been sort of quite hysteria, mass panic. By the time the children had come out yesterday, students had had their legs bitten off, one had a hole in their hand. It's not good at all," said Samantha Golding.

    Experts say the Steodata nobilis, a species of the false widow, are becoming more common in the UK and are the most dangerous of the 12 species of biting spiders known in Britain.

    The spider's bite may sting, but has not been known to cause deaths.

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    Snowden Seeks Germanys Support - Daily Beast

    Former NSA Contractor turned whistleblower Edward Snowden has penned an open letter to the international community in an effort to stop what he calls a "sustained campaign of persecution" from the United States government. Snowden gave the letter to Hans-Christian Stroebele, a German lawmaker with whom he met at a secret location in Moscow on Thursday. Snowden told the German politician that he's ready to travel to Germany to assist in an inquiry concerning revelations that the U.S. had bugged Chancellor Angela Merkel's mobile phone. Still he said, "I would rather go before the U.S. Congress, or a committee of the U.S. Congress and lay the facts on the table." Congress?

    Britain teetering on the edge of new era of confrontation - The Globe and Mail

    Britain has a whiff of the 1980s. There's privatization and windfall joy in share owners' bank accounts – and a petrochemical plant closing with hundreds of jobs lost, while postal workers and teachers strike. Unfortunately, the U.K. risks a return to a period of Thatcherite confrontation.

    Just as it was three decades ago, quite who is villain and who is innocent victim is not always plain. At Grangemouth in Scotland, 800 petrochemical jobs may be lost, and more in the vicinity. Alex Salmond, Scotland's first minister, has wisely tried to seek compromise. But the workers' union has rejected a pay freeze demanded by Ineos, the owner, which says the plant loses £10-million ($16.8-million) a month.

    Paul Hollywood: affair was 'biggest mistake of my life' - BBC News

    Great British Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood has said that his affair with a US TV presenter was the 'biggest mistake' of his life.

    The TV host admitted to having an affair with the co-judge of The American Baking Competition.

    He told BBC Radio 5 live's Richard Bacon: "It was the biggest mistake of my life - because actually I still love my wife... we are talking, working together but it's going to take time."

    "I was shocked about the whole thing kicking off the way it did... but I deserved it and I've taken it. It was my punishment."

    lunes, 4 de noviembre de 2013

    Countdown boffin Riley exits Strictly stage - AFP

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    London — Countdown's Rachel Riley became the fifth star to leave Strictly Come Dancing after losing Sunday's dance-off to football WAG and model Abbey Clancy.

    It was the second time Riley had been forced into a dance-off after finding herself in the bottom two, and the judges unanimously decided it would also be her last.

    Riley and partner Pasha Kovalev performed to "Put A Spell On You" by Screamin' Jay Hawkins.

    "I haven't cried until now, I have made some amazing friends," she said.

    "I really enjoyed tonight, I really enjoyed yesterday's dance so I'm really pleased to go out on a high."

    Two men arrested in Operation Yewtree inquiry - BBC News

    Two men have been arrested as part of the police inquiry sparked by claims of abuse against Jimmy Savile.

    The Metropolitan Police said the men, aged 64 and 74, were held at separate addresses in south London.

    They were arrested on suspicion of historical sexual offences and taken into police custody.

    The men are the 15th and 16th people to be arrested as part of Operation Yewtree, the police investigation launched after Savile's death in 2011.

    The nationwide inquiry was launched after claims of sexual abuse were made against the former BBC radio DJ and television presenter, who died aged 84.

    It has three strands - one is looking specifically at the actions of Savile, while the second strand concerns allegations against "Savile and others".

    The latest arrests fall under the "others" strand.

    The third strand relates to allegations against other people unconnected to the Savile investigation.

    'New' creatures pop up as Cape York secrets revealed - The Australian

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    Lady Gaga completely naked onstage at gay club - Toronto Sun

    Lady Gaga did more than simply bare her bottom and flash a bit of flesh at fans during an unannounced show at a London gay club on Saturday night - she disrobed and left the stage completely naked.

    The provocative pop star took to the stage in a flowing white petticoat-style dress and long blonde wig at nightclub Heaven to perform her upcoming single, Venus, live for the first time.

    And she made sure her gay fans in attendance had plenty to talk about when she slipped out of her stage costume and walked off naked with her arms in the air.

    The gig came just days after Gaga stripped down to a black bra and stockings and donned a moustache for an odd performance at a fabled sex club in Berlin, Germany.

    And it's not the first time she has stripped off recently - she bared all for the Jeff Koons cover art of her new album, ARTPOP, and she also disrobed for a promo video with performance artist Marina Abramovic this summer.


    Murder probe launched as girls killed in road collision named - Belfast Telegraph

    20-year-old man held on suspicion of murder after two teenage girls were killed in a road collision

    Police launch murder probe as two teenage girls who died in a road traffic collision are named.

    Jasmine Allsop, 14, died at the scene in Ann's Hill Road in Gosport, while Olivia Lewry, 16, was taken to hospital but also died, Hampshire Police said.

    Detectives launched a murder investigation and a 20-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

    The man is in custody, police said.

    The girls were pedestrians and were involved in a collision with a green Honda Civic car which was being driven along the road at about 4am on Sunday.

    Detective Superintendent Dick Pearson said: "This is an extremely tragic incident which has resulted in the death of two young girls.

    "I currently have a team of detectives and other officers, including expert road collision investigators, working on this case to fully investigate the circumstances surrounding the deaths of these two teenage girls.

    "I would appeal to anyone who knows anything which could help this investigation to contact my team as soon as possible."

    Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Major Investigation Team at Fratton Police Station on 101, quoting Operation Barb.

    6 tourists killed in ferry accident in Thailand - Times of India

    BANGKOK: An overcrowded tourist ferry capsized and sank near a popular Thai seaside town, killing six tourists, including two Russians and a Chinese, police said. The rest of the roughly 200 people aboard were rescued.

    The double-decker ferry, carrying Thai and foreign tourists, left Lan island for the 30-minute trip to the resort town of Pattaya on Sunday evening, said police Col. Suwan Cheawnavinthavat. Shortly after the boat departed, an engine problem sent the passengers on the first deck rushing to the second floor, causing the ferry to flip on its side and eventually sink.

    "Witnesses said there were neither enough tubes nor life vests on the ferry. Some of those who cannot swim had to cling onto coolers or ice containers until rescuers came," Suwan said by phone.

    He said the foreigners who died were a Russian man, a Russian woman and a Chinese man. Three Thais — two women and a man — also were killed. The rest of the passengers were rescued, including a 12-year-old Russian boy who was in intensive care at a hospital. None of the others were hospitalized.

    Suwan said the ferry was operating over its capacity of about 130 to 150 passengers. He said police were looking for the ferry driver to investigate the cause of the accident.

    Pattaya, which is about 100 kilometers (60 miles) southeast of Bangkok, has had several fatal boat accidents this year. Last month, an Indian tourist celebrating her wedding anniversary was killed in a parasailing accident off the town's coast. In August, two Chinese tourists were killed in a speed boat accident near Pattaya's main pier.

    Lan island is a popular daytrip destination among tourists near Pattaya.

    Google 'leaks' 8-inch Nexus tablet - Times of India

    Just as it got done with the launch of Nexus 5 smartphone and Android 4.4 operating system, Google is again in the news for another Android product. The company has accidentally leaked an image of the new tablet on the official website for Android.

    The device in the picture is smaller in size than the Nexus 10, with speculations rife that it has an 8-inch screen. The image shows that the bezels around the screen in this tablet are much smaller than in the new Nexus 7, which was launched in July this year.

    LG, which manufactures the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 smartphones, submitted an 8-inch tablet called V510 for Bluetooth certification last week.

    There is no word on the specifications, features or launch of the tablet, currently being called Nexus 8.

    In July, a few technology websites published images of an 8-inch Nexus tablet, but they were carried as renders instead of leaked photos. However, the new image on Google's website looks exactly the same as the device in the earlier pictures.

    Google has 'accidentally leaked' several products in the past. Chairman Eric Schmidt was photographed carrying the Moto X smartphone before it was launched and Nexus 5 was listed on the Google Play website with price before it became official. The Nexus 5 was also captured on video on the company's campus when it announced that the next version of Android will be called KitKat.

    Apple's iPad mini with Retina display has a 7.9-inch screen, while Samsung has two models with 8-inch displays. LG recently launched its own tablet with an 8.3-inch screen size.

    Google is also expected to soon launch the next version of its Nexus 10 tablet. Now it is being said that the company may launch the next-generation Nexus 10 and the all-new Nexus 8 at the same time.

    Facebook fans fuelled by faggots fury firestorm - Register

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    Britain's humble and frankly disgusting offal-based meatball – the faggot – led to one man being temporarily chucked off Facebook, after Americans became outraged by what they believed to be blatant gay-hating behaviour on the free content ad network.

    The sorry tale started, according to the Sun newspaper, when 54-year-old Robert Wilkes found his access to Facebook had been barred for 12 hours following an "I like faggots" comment he posted on the site.

    It would appear that other Facebookers had complained about his use of what they considered to be "homophobic language". In the US, the word "faggot" is considered to be deeply offensive and seen as a direct attack on gay people.

    Wilkes insisted he was innocent, however. "It may have a different meaning in America but I used it in a food context," he said.

    In fairness to our stateside cousins, the Oxford English Dictionary fails to offer up the definition of faggot as it is known in parts of Blighty.

    It does say that the word, among other things, is used as slang for a homosexual male. Faggot can also define a bundle of sticks that are used as fuel to make a fire.

    Menlo Park-based Facebook was recently attacked by UK Prime Minister David Cameron after complaints mounted up about a video - which apparently showed someone being beheaded - posted on the network.

    Facebook eventually removed the clip, but the company does not prevent all sorts of dodgy content from being uploaded on to the site. This means that nasty stuff can be easily found on Facebook.

    It's only when someone moans about individual posts that the Mark Zuckerberg-run outfit then intervenes to remove material, and only then if it is found to break its community rules of engagement. ®

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    China replaces top general in Xinjiang -

    CHINA has replaced the top army general in the volatile northwestern region of Xinjiang following what the government called a terrorist strike in the heart of the capital Beijing, state media reports.

    Peng Yong was relieved of his position on the party's regional standing committee, the ruling Communist Party newspaper People's Daily said in a report dated Sunday. The move effectively removes Peng's authority as military commander over Xinjiang, an area of mountains and deserts twice the size of Texas.

    While the paper did not give an explicit reason for the move, the timing appears to link it to the October 28 attack in which a man driving an SUV accompanied by his wife and mother ploughed through crowds before crashing in front of Tiananmen Gate, killing themselves and two tourists.

    No one has claimed responsibility for the attack in Beijing's symbolic political heart. The government has blamed the attack on Islamic extremists seeking independence for the Turkic Muslim Uighur minority in Xinjiang.

    Police identified the three attackers and five alleged co-conspirators as members of the Turkic Muslim Uighur ethnic group native to Xinjiang.

    While counter-terrorism is mainly the responsibility of the police and paramilitary People's Armed Police, the military plays an especially influential role in Xinjiang. Military units there operate as de facto governments over certain cities and vast amounts of farmland and mining operations, maintaining their own police and courts.

    Bordering on Pakistan, Afghanistan and several unstable Central Asian states, Xinjiang is prone to unrest and violence blamed on radicals among the Uighur population who have been waging a low-intensity insurgency against the Chinese government for decades.

    While Beijing has released little information about the Beijing attack - the first in the Chinese capital in years - it follows a string of violent incidents in Xinjiang this year.

    Uighur activists say economic marginalisation and cultural and religious restrictions are fuelling the violence, while Beijing blames overseas-based instigators.

    Germany finds 1500 art masterpieces looted by Nazis, report says - Times of India

    BERLIN: Nearly 1,500 paintings including works by Picasso and Matisse that were stolen by the Nazis have been discovered in a German flat, a newspaper reported on Sunday, putting their total value at around a billion euros.

    German weekly Focus said the paintings were found in an apartment belonging to the octogenarian son of an art collector who had bought them during the 1930s and 1940s.

    For nearly half a century, the artworks lay hidden in darkened rooms in the man's apartment in the southern German city of Munich, Focus said.

    He had sold a few over the course of the years, living off the proceeds, the paper reported.

    The collection included many of the great masters of the 20th century, among them the German painters Emil Nolde, Franz Marc, Max Beckmann and Max Liebermann.

    Among the paintings discovered was one by Henri Matisse that had belonged to the Jewish collector Paul Rosenberg.

    Rosenberg, who fled Paris leaving his collection behind, was the grandfather of Anne Sinclair, the former wife of the disgraced French politician Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

    The prosecutor in the southern city of Augsburg, who is reportedly handling the affair, declined to comment on the story, according to German press agency DPA.

    The Nazis massively plundered artworks in Germany and across Europe before and during World War II, confiscating many from Jews or forcing them to sell their works at a low price.

    Between 1940 and 1944, German forces seized an estimated 100,000 paintings, artworks, tapestries and antiques from the homes of Jews in France, stripped of their rights by the racial laws enforced by the collaborationist government.

    Thousands of stolen artworks have since been returned to their owners or their descendants, but many more have never resurfaced.

    In 2007 a German expert published a book on looted art, estimating that thousands of masterpieces and tens of thousands of lesser works had yet to be restored to their rightful owners.

    Only last week, an investigation by Dutch museums revealed that 139 of their artworks, including a Matisse and two Kandinsky paintings, may have been stolen by the Nazis.

    Gosport 'Car Murder': Two Teenage Girls Named - Sky News

    A 20-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after two teenage girls died when they were hit by a car.

    Jasmine Allsop, 14, died at the scene in Ann's Hill Road in Gosport, while Olivia Lewry, 16, was taken to hospital but also died, Hampshire Police said.

    Detective Superintendent Dick Pearson said: "This is an extremely tragic incident which has resulted in the death of two young girls.

    "I currently have a team of detectives and other officers, including expert road collision investigators, working on this case to fully investigate the circumstances surrounding the deaths of these two teenage girls.

    Police at scene of Gosport hit and run murder
    Forensic staff have been examining the scene.

    "I would appeal to anyone who knows anything which could help this investigation to contact my team as soon as possible."

    The girls were pedestrians and were involved in a collision with a green Honda Civic car which was being driven along the road at about 4.15am on Sunday.

    The older girl was taken to the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth with serious injuries but did not survive.

    A man was originally taken into custody on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving but the offence was later changed to suspected murder, police said.

    Mourners at scene of Gosport hit and run murder
    Mourners brought flowers to pay their respects to the girls.

    He remains in custody.

    A bouquet of flowers placed near the scene read: 'In loving memory of Olivia and Jaz, thinking of you lots of love.'

    One local resident Aaron O'Sullivan told the Portsmouth News: "It's horrible – what a waste of life, especially coming up to Christmas, it's just shocking."

    Sky News reporter Siobhan Robbins spoke to some of the girls' friends, saying they described them as 'outgoing and bubbly'.

    One local resident Daniel Close said: "It's tragic. It's got to be the worst news you can get."

    Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Major Investigation Team at Fratton Police Station on 101, quoting Operation Barb.


    Police hunt missing terror suspect Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed - BBC News

    A terror suspect who evaded surveillance by changing into a burka at a mosque is being hunted by police.

    Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed, 27, was seen on Friday at the An-Noor Masjid and Community Centre in Acton, west London.

    CCTV images issued by police showed him leaving with his face totally covered. He has not been seen since.

    Police warned the public not to approach Mr Mohamed, while shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper called for answers on how he was able to abscond.

    'Covered face'

    Mr Mohamed, who police say has breached his terrorism prevention and investigation measures notice, is 5ft 8in tall, of medium build and is of Somali origin.

    Mr Mohamed arrived at the mosque in Church Road, Acton, wearing Western-style clothing at approximately 10:00 GMT on Friday, and was seen inside at 15:15 GMT.

    CCTV images issued by Scotland Yard showed the suspect wearing a burka after leaving the mosque, with his face totally covered.

    The Metropolitan Police said he was not considered to be a direct threat to the public, but advised anyone who saw him not to approach him and to call 999.

    A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "The Counter Terrorism Command immediately launched inquiries to trace Mr Mohamed and these continue.

    "Ports and borders were notified with his photograph and details circulated nationally. Public safety remains our priority."

    A court-imposed anonymity order banning the publication of Mr Mohamed's name was lifted on Saturday to allow police to make a public appeal for information.

    Terrorism prevention and investigation measures notices - or TPims - were introduced in January 2012 to replace control orders. They restrict the subject's movements and activities.

    Ms Cooper described the situation as "extremely serious".

    "Clearly police and security agencies will be doing everything possible to locate this terror suspect and ensure public safety," she said.

    "The home secretary also needs to provide information about the decisions made over Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed's TPim, how he was able to abscond and what the risks to the public are.

    "Given the longstanding concerns about the replacement of control orders, the limitations of TPims, and the pressures on monitoring and surveillance, the home secretary needs to provide rapid information about the extent and adequacy of the restrictions on Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed and ask the independent reviewer David Anderson to investigate urgently what has happened and the adequacy of the controls and powers in this case."

    The Home Office has not commented.

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    19:23 CET France says its journalists 'coldly assassinated' in Mali - euronews

    Reuters, 03/11 19:23 CET

    By John Irish and Adama Diarra

    PARIS/BAMAKO (Reuters) – France said on Sunday two French journalists found dead in the northern Mali region of Kidal had been "coldly assassinated" by militants and vowed to step up security measures in the area.

    Radio journalists Claude Verlon and Ghislaine Dupont were abducted after interviewing a member of the MNLA Tuareg separatist group in northern Mali.

    Their bodies were found on Saturday by a French patrol 12 km (8 miles) outside Kidal, the birthplace of a Tuareg uprising last year that plunged Mali into chaos, leading to a coup in the capital Bamako and the occupation of the northern half of the country by militants linked to al Qaeda.

    Adama Kamissoko, the governor of Kidal region, said French and Malian security officials were jointly investigating the attack, but French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius put the blame firmly on militants operating in the region.

    "The assassins are those that we are fighting, the terrorist groups that refuse democracy and elections," Fabius said, calling the killings "heinous and revolting".

    Fabius said one of the journalists had been shot twice, and the other three times. He said French forces had tried to find the hostage takers, but to no avail.

    Paris launched air strikes and sent thousands of soldiers into Mali at the start of the year to drive back al Qaeda-linked rebels it said could turn the West African country into a base for international attacks.

    Islamists scattered during the French assault and a presidential election was held in July. But the journalists' deaths follow a number of attacks elsewhere in northern Mali, underscoring the fragile gains in the vast desert zone.

    Last month Malian and international forces launched a wide-scale operation to keep pressure on Islamist groups.

    Although Malian, U.N. and French troops are stationed in Kidal, none are heavily deployed. The Malian army's contingent is generally symbolic and soldiers are confined to their base.

    There are some 200 U.N. peacekeepers (MINUSMA)who are officially in control of security and France also has about 200 troops, though their operations in the region have focussed on the Adrar des Ifoghas mountains to the north, which served for years as a hideout for militants.


    "Security in the area and the surrounding areas will be increased," Fabius said after a specially convened cabinet meeting. He did not elaborate.

    Mali government spokesman Mahamane Baby echoed those comments saying President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and Hollande had agreed that the status quo could not remain during a telephone call late on Saturday.

    "The two heads of state agreed that the situation in Kidal was unacceptable and that a change was necessary to ensure the security of all Malians and foreigners present there," he said.

    According to the Ouagadougou agreement signed by Mali's government and rebel groups ahead of the July elections that aimed to pave the way for a peace deal across the country, rebel fighters were due to be confined to barracks before the new government launched a final round of peace talks.

    However, MNLA fighters still operate in and around Kidal, much to the frustration of Bamako.

    The journalists' deaths came just days after four French hostages kidnapped in Niger by al Qaeda's north African (AQIM) wing were released following secret talks with officials from the West African country. They had been held for three years.

    Paris dismissed media reports the government had used public funds to pay a ransom of some $20 million.

    Pierre Boilley, an Africa expert at the Centre for National Scientific Research (CNRS), said the attack was likely to have been carried out by groups linked to AQIM or those trying to undermine talks between the government and northern rebels.

    "It could also have been vengeance. There are difficulties within AQIM. Some may have benefited from the hostages' ransom, and others may have been neglected so it's a possible hypothesis," he said.

    (Additional reporting by David Lewis in Dakar; editing by Ralph Boulton)

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    Copyright 2013 Reuters.

    Rare hybrid eclipse graces the sky - CNN

    (CNN) -- Some skygazers along the East Coast of North America witnessed a spectacular solar eclipse Sunday morning.

    The eclipse was visible for a few minutes from parts of North America, South America, the Middle East, Europe, and Africa.

    NASA said the eclipse would be one of the most interesting solar events of the year, because it was a hybrid annular-total eclipse. That means for part of its path, it was an annular eclipse -- where a thin ring of sunlight is visible around the moon's shadow -- and for another part, it was a total eclipse.

    That phenomenon was only visible from a narrow band of the North Atlantic and equatorial Africa, NASA said. In a much broader area, viewers saw a partial eclipse. But photographers in the eastern United States liked what they saw.

    Jeff Raybould photographed the eclipse from his apartment in Wilmington, Delaware. "I'm on the 15th floor, and I knew I had a great view of the sunrise, so I set my alarm and crossed my fingers that the clouds would cooperate," he said.

    For him, the eclipse lasted only five minutes before the sun ducked behind the clouds. "By that time it was too hard to observe anyway due to the increasing brightness of the sun," he explained. "But I'm glad the clouds cooperated. I've never seen a solar eclipse and just found out yesterday that I would have a prime opportunity this morning."

    Military photojournalist Matthew Hecht woke up at 6 a.m. to see the much-anticipated eclipse. An avid follower of space and science news, Hecht set his camera up in front of his home in Absecon, New Jersey, and started taking photographs.

    "I pointed the camera and tried not to look through the lens because it was so intense. I was constantly adjusting the camera to make sure I was still pointing at it. I just got lucky," he said about the images he captured.

    Despite reports that the eclipse would only last a few minutes, Hecht says he was surprised to see the event last more than 10 minutes. "It was unbelievably vivid. I have never seen an eclipse at sunrise before. It was actually very haunting. It looked like something out of a movie," he said.

    Greg Hogan said he only saw the partial eclipse for a few short minutes. Hogan photographed the eclipse during a chance opportunity. He read about the event the night before but forgot about it soon after. When he woke up Sunday morning, he realized the eclipse would be happening in 20 minutes.

    He put his 5-year-old son and 6-year-old nephew in his car while they were all still in their pajamas and drove them to the highest point in their town of Bonaire, Georgia, which is an elementary school called Hilltop.

    "There were a few other people hanging out there to see the eclipse. It was surprising, but sort of neat," he said. He and his boys watched the eclipse happen over the horizon. "My kids thought it was really cool. They are really into Minecraft -- a video game where you watch the sun rise and set -- and showing them a real life version of that was great," he said.

    Did you manage to capture photographs of this eclipse? Send your photos to iReport and they may be featured in the gallery above!

    Man in full Nazi uniform upsets UK shoppers - euronews

    A man in a full Nazi uniform was thrown out of a UK supermarket after upsetting shoppers.

    Paul Dutton was pictured walking in the aisles of Asda in Cambridge in the full black uniform of Hitler's bodyguards, complete with red armband and swastika.

    He later took to Twitter to say: "I am a loyal Asda customer, they know I suffer with mental health [sic] the black armband I wear helps me control my mental state.

    "I told the asda manager I'm writing a story online about my illness and wanted to hand out business cards for people to read."

    A spokeswoman for Asda told the BBC: "We had a number of customer complaints so we asked him to leave the store."

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    BBC host held on suspicion of UK abuse - Ninemsn

    The broadcaster said the 64-year-old Gambaccini, who has worked at the BBC for four decades and is one of Britain's best-known music presenters, was questioned on Tuesday.

    The BBC said he was released on bail later that day.

    Police didn't confirm the report, saying only that two men, aged 64 and 74, were arrested as part of an operation probing historical sexual abuse.

    The investigation was triggered by the abuse scandal surrounding late BBC broadcaster Jimmy Savile.

    Gambaccini denied the claims on Friday, saying in a statement: "On Monday night, 28 October, I attended an excellent production of the Kander and Ebb musical, the Scottsboro Boys, at the Young Vic theatre.

    "It concerned a group of black men in Alabama in the 1930s who were falsely accused of sexual offences. Within hours, I was arrested by Operation Yewtree. Nothing had changed, except this time there was no music."

    A spokesman for Gambaccini said: "Mr Gambaccini was interviewed by Operation Yewtree officers about historic allegations. He answered their questions and was co-operative. He denied all allegations."

    The BBC said Gambaccini wouldn't be presenting his radio show on Saturday.

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    Natalie Gumede dominates Strictly scoreboard with first perfect tens of series - Metro

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    Natalie Gumede picked up an almost perfect score on Strictly's Halloween special (Picture: BBC)

    Natalie Gumede has further staked her claim to the Strictly Come Dancing title after becoming the first celebrity this series to score a perfect ten.

    The former Coronation Street actress picked up two sets of top marks from Darcey Bussell and Bruno Tonioli after wowing both judges and audience with her Halloween-flavoured Viennese Waltz.

    And the performance proved good enough to win even a 'fab-u-lous!' accolade from the notoriously hard-to-please Craig Revel Horwood.

    In total Natalie scored 38 points – the highest mark of any contestant in the series so far.

    'I expect so much from you but you never disappoint,' Darcey Bussell remarked. 'It was a dream.'

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    Patrick Robinson bounced back from the disappointment of last weekend's dance-off with a sizzling quickstep (Picture: BBC)

    Meanwhile Bruno Tonioli added: I don't think there is a person in the country right now who isn't screaming 'THIS WAS MAGIC'.'

    Gumede was not the only celebrity to notch up their highest score of the series, with Patrick Robinson and Ashley Taylor Dawson among others achieving series bests on Saturday night.

    Robinson – who narrowly escaped elimination last weekend – scored 34 for his quickstep with partner Anya Garnis, with Bruno describing the routine as a 'spooky riot'.

    Taylor Dawson's tango with Ola Jordan also proved popular, netting the Hollyoaks actor 33 out of 40, and leading Craig to call his performance 'aggressive, dark and mysterious', adding: 'I really loved it.'

    X Factor's Sam Bailey hails new BFF Sharon Osbourne: 'We're so close' - Metro

    Deluded Sam on Mrs O: 'We're so close'
    Sam Bailey has nothing but nice things to say about Sharon Osbourne (Picture: ITV/Rex)

    X Factor star Sam Bailey seems to think she has made a friend for life in her TV mentor Sharon Osbourne.

    The former prison officer, 35, reckons she and Mrs O have forged an unbreakable bond and will probably be inviting her along for Christmas dinner.

    'Having Sharon around is like having a sister, mum, auntie and best friend all in one,' she raved. 'She's absolutely the best and is always keeping an eye on how I'm doing. I couldn't have wished for a better mentor.'

    Lorna Simpson – who was axed from the competition in week one – blamed Shazza's hectic schedule for her show demise but Sam says her hectic schedule is no biggie.

    She continued: 'When she does have to fly home to America to see her family, she is constantly on the other end of the phone – talking to me about songs, arrangements, performances. She's always there for me and I love that she's so concerned about me.'

    And the pair are so tight Sam's even rustled up a few pet names for her.

    'I call her "boss" or "The Shazmeister". I walk into the studio and I know she's in the building because I smell her perfume. Mrs O and I are so close. She tells me to be myself, to be comfortable. I love that!' she gushed.

    Sam will perform No More Tears (Enough Is Enough) by Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer in honour on tonight's show, which kicks off at 8pm on ITV, in honour of disco week.

    And here's what the rest will be singing…

    Abi Alton – I Will Survive

    Hannah Barrett – Somebody Else's Guy

    Kingsland Road – Blame It On The Boogie

    Luke Friend – Play That Funky Music

    Nicholas McDonald – Rock With You

    Rough Copy – September

    Sam Callahan – Relight My Fire

    Tamera Foster – Wishing On A Star

    'Plebgate' Officers Facing New Investigation - Sky News

    Three police officers accused of deceiving MPs over the so-called Plebgate scandal are to face a new investigation by the police watchdog.

    The officers - police federation representatives - will also be called back before an influential committee of MPs over evidence they gave to them previously.

    The Independent Police Complaints Commission said there were "procedural irregularities" in an earlier probe.

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    Andrew Mitchell tried to take his bike through the Downing Street gates

    Inspector Ken MacKaill, Detective Sergeant Stuart Hinton and Sergeant Chris Jones are accused of giving misleading accounts of a meeting with former chief whip Andrew Mitchell.

    The Conservative MP met with the officers last October in a bid to clear the air after an alleged foul-mouthed confrontation with police in Downing Street the previous month.

    The trio were initially told they would face no action for misconduct over misleading press statements they made immediately after the meeting.

    But the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has now said it will hold an investigation into their behaviour.

    IPCC deputy chairwoman Deborah Glass said the watchdog was holding its inquiry to avoid damaging public confidence.

    Andrew Mitchell at Downing Street gates
    The confrontation was caught on CCTV and shown on Channel 4

    She said: "Evidence given to the Home Affairs Select Committee on October 23 revealed a number of procedural irregularities between the production of the draft and final West Mercia reports."

    The officers have also been recalled to the Home Affairs Select Committee to apologise for giving "misleading answers" on October 23.

    Committee chairman Keith Vaz said: "We were appalled by the evidence given by DS Hinton, Sgt Jones and Inspector MacKaill. It is now clear that DS Hinton and Sgt Jones misled the Committee, possibly deliberately.

    "We have recalled them to correct the record and if they do not, they will be in prima facie contempt of Parliament."

    Slain LAX TSA Officer Remembered as a Family Man - ABC News

    Friends and family remembered slain Transportation Security Administration officer Gerardo I. Hernandez as a family man who constantly smiled at travelers passing through the Los Angeles airport.

    "He was always excited to go to work and enjoyed the interactions with the passengers at LAX," said his wife, Ana. "He was a joyful person, always smiling. He took pride in his duty for the American public and for the TSA mission."

    Ana Hernandez made the short statement Saturday in front of the couple's house in Porter Ranch in the San Fernando Valley. Her hands shook and her voice cracked as she read off a folded piece of paper, stopping at times.

    "Gerardo was a great man who always showed his love for our family. He was always there to help anyone in need and always made people laugh with his wonderful sense of humor," she said.

    Hernandez was the first TSA official in the agency's 12-year history to be killed in the line of duty.

    Authorities said 23-year-old Paul Ciancia walked into Terminal 3 on Friday, pulled an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle from his duffel bag and starting firing at TSA officers.

    Hernandez, who had worked at LAX since 2010, was mortally wounded. His 40th birthday was next week.

    Two other TSA officers were also hit. Both were treated at the hospital and released.

    Airport officers worked hard to save Hernandez, giving him first aid before paramedics arrived and bringing him out in a wheelchair to the ambulance, LAX Police Chief Patrick Gannon said.

    TSA Administrator John Pistole offered condolences to Hernandez's wife and children Saturday, spending about 30 minutes at the family's home. Pistole said the agency would review its policy on officer safety.

    TSA officers are "the first line of defense" in airport security, he said, pledging that the agency would do everything possible to make sure Friday's tragedy was never repeated.

    The 100-foot pylons that mark the symbolic gateway to the airport, the nation's third-busiest, were lit blue in honor of Hernandez. Fellow TSA and law enforcement officers wore black mourning bands.

    Born in El Salvador, Hernandez was the youngest of four boys. He moved to the United States when he was 15. Four years later, he met his wife, and they married on Valentine's Day in 1998.

    Friend and former TSA co-worker Kevin Maxwell said Hernandez was a family man.

    "All he talked about was his family," Maxwell told KNBC-TV. "He was very proud of his son, who played football."

    Neighbor Ken Wong told KCBS-TV: "Here's a man who was trying to serve his country, do his job well and support his family, and this is a senseless thing that happened."

    Maidstone Prison 'Riot' Brought Under Control - Sky News

    A "riot" at Maidstone Prison has been brought under control, the Prison Service has said.

    Officers from special prison service riot units across the country were called in to deal with the Maidstone incident in a system known as Operation Tornado.

    A prison officers union said they had been told the riot involved up to 180 prisoners, but the Prison Service said that just 40 took part in the "incident".

    Disorder at Maidstone prision
    Riot units were called to the prison

    Prison Officers Association, Vice Chair, Ralph Valerio, told Sky News that negotiators were sent to the scene in Kent to try to contain the disturbance.

    He said he had been told that that, at one point, inmates were smashing up Thanet Wing at the prison.

    Mr Valerio said he was led to believe that between 160 to 180 foreigners were involved and some staff could have been assaulted.

    Disorder at Maidstone prision
    Up to 180 foreigners are thought to have taken part in the disturbance

    He said the prison staff were forced to retreat to safety. Thanet Wing, where the riot occurred, is separated from the other wings.

    Jackie Hipwell, the landlady of a pub nearby, said the whole road in front of the prison was filled with fire engines and riot vans.

    She said it started around 4pm and there were so many vehicles deployed she was unable to use the road.

    The location of Thanet Wing at HMP Maidstone
    The location of Thanet Wing at Maidstone Prison

    A Prison Service spokesperson said later: "An incident involving around 40 prisoners at HMP Maidstone has been successfully resolved with no injuries to staff or prisoners.

    "An investigation is under way and the perpetrators will be dealt with appropriately by the prison."

    Mr Valerio believes staff shortages and the impact this has had on the prisoners is a possible reason behind the rioting.

    Maidstone, with an inmate population of about 600, is a category C training prison that predominantly houses sex offenders from the Kent and Sussex areas.

    Its website says it aims to "create a therapeutic environment that supports, embraces and empowers change with a primary focus on risk reduction and protection".

    The prison also takes in foreign prisoners with more than 18 months to serve and provides forums with the UK Border Agency.

    Kent Police confirmed they were aware of the incident, but a spokeswoman said prison services were dealing with the matter.

    Meanwhile, a passive demonstration took place at G4S-run Rye Hill Prison, near Rugby,  involving 60 inmates. However, this was resolved peacefully and was not linked to the Maidstone riot.

    sábado, 2 de noviembre de 2013

    Sir Tim Berners-Lee: data and the new web -

    This is a world enabled by novel components that are only now coming together: it's an internet of things, where inanimate objects are online, communicating with each other and performing tasks humans may consider too mundane.

    There are two challenges in the face of this brave new world. Most immediately, says Sir Tim: "It's a constant battle of mindsets – once people have got the open data bug they realise the benefit. They realise they're performing a service to the country. With the original web, people could see the benefits. But with this you don't immediately know the benefits or who is using it. It could be another company or a kid doing homework or somebody in the World Bank – nobody's really able to be able to work out the investment."

    Where it has happened, the returns seem vast. At Transport for London, Sir Tim says, the total money saved by releasing data – whether it's in shorter queues, less waiting or fewer visits to ticket offices – meant that for each pound invested in open data, £45 was saved. "Compare that to HS2," he says.

    Much of the groundwork on open data has been done by the newly knighted Sir Nigel Shadbolt, with whom Sir Tim runs the ODI. He says the uphill battle must be fought at the highest levels: "When we were trying to release the crime data, various chief constables were telling the Home Secretary that public confidence in the police would collapse, that the prices of houses would collapse – this never happens. Invariably what happens is that people who were sitting there being very sceptical realise 'this is a very powerful tool for us'."

    Sir Tim agrees. "What's been difficult about it has been persuading people one by one to move from an idea that 'It's my data, I'll protect it,' to an open date mindset," he says. Overall, he believes there "is a wave of change. Certainly the overall direction is toward openness".

    But worries remain: the Treasury released a database of government expenditure codenamed Coins that was "a big statement", says Sir Tim. "But the Treasury seems to be the one place where it's set up to not get it – where it's set up to try to make the country break even by making sure that each department breaks even. So there's no way of measuring the benefit to the whole."

    The real achievements, Sir Tim says, will come "as the linking starts to happen" between newly released data sets. Only then, he argues, will the true power of the web he invented actually be realised. And while many may fear for their jobs in a more efficient world, he and Sir Nigel argue we should look forward to "a new cadre of professions – all of them prefixed with the word 'data'."