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AIG RESCUED BY US RESERVE

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US government rescues insurer AIG The US Federal Reserve has announced an $85bn (£48bn) rescue package for AIG, the country's biggest insurance company, to save it from bankruptcy.AIG will get an $85bn loan, in return for an 80% public stake in the firm. The rescue follows the collapse of US investment giant Lehman Brothers, which caused share prices to plummet across the world's financial markets. Meanwhile, Barclays said it had reached a deal to buy Lehman's US investment banking and capital markets businesses. The $250m deal, which is subject to approval from the bankruptcy court, will make the British bank the third biggest investment bank in the US. Barclays will also purchase Lehman's New York headquarters and its two data centres in New Jersey for $1.5bn. The rescue of AIG - which has a trillion dollars in assets and insures bank loans around the world - prompted a shares rally in Asia, with Japan's market up 2% in early trading. The board of the Feder…

AIG RESCUED BY US RESERVE

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US government rescues insurer AIG The US Federal Reserve has announced an $85bn (£48bn) rescue package for AIG, the country's biggest insurance company, to save it from bankruptcy.AIG will get an $85bn loan, in return for an 80% public stake in the firm. The rescue follows the collapse of US investment giant Lehman Brothers, which caused share prices to plummet across the world's financial markets. Meanwhile, Barclays said it had reached a deal to buy Lehman's US investment banking and capital markets businesses. The $250m deal, which is subject to approval from the bankruptcy court, will make the British bank the third biggest investment bank in the US. Barclays will also purchase Lehman's New York headquarters and its two data centres in New Jersey for $1.5bn. The rescue of AIG - which has a trillion dollars in assets and insures bank loans around the world - prompted a shares rally in Asia, with Japan's market up 2% in early trading. The board of the Feder…

AIG RESCUED BY US RESERVE

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US government rescues insurer AIG The US Federal Reserve has announced an $85bn (£48bn) rescue package for AIG, the country's biggest insurance company, to save it from bankruptcy.AIG will get an $85bn loan, in return for an 80% public stake in the firm. The rescue follows the collapse of US investment giant Lehman Brothers, which caused share prices to plummet across the world's financial markets. Meanwhile, Barclays said it had reached a deal to buy Lehman's US investment banking and capital markets businesses. The $250m deal, which is subject to approval from the bankruptcy court, will make the British bank the third biggest investment bank in the US. Barclays will also purchase Lehman's New York headquarters and its two data centres in New Jersey for $1.5bn. The rescue of AIG - which has a trillion dollars in assets and insures bank loans around the world - prompted a shares rally in Asia, with Japan's market up 2% in early trading. The board of the Feder…

BEAR-BAITING ON TV

A good article can be read in the media section of this weekends Observer on this modern day TV phenomena that is the Jeremy Kyle Show.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2008/sep/07/itv.television

BEAR-BAITING ON TV

A good article can be read in the media section of this weekends Observer on this modern day TV phenomena that is the Jeremy Kyle Show.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2008/sep/07/itv.television

Health and Safety Executive warning to construction industry after crane overturns

(HSE) Health and Safety Executive warning to construction industry after crane overturns



The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has warned the construction industry of the need to ensure that mobile crane operations are properly planned and supervised.

The warning follows HSE's prosecution of two construction companies after a 35 tonne truck mounted telescopic crane overturned, after one of the outriggers which support the crane sank into the ground.

The crane driver was forced to leap to safety and the 5.7 tonne beam that was being lifted into place narrowly missed two employees as it fell. The incident happened on the 27 February 2007 at Lingley Mere, Great Sankey, Warrington where a new fire control centre was under construction.

The main Contractor AMEC Group Ltd (Amec) of Northwich was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £9,143 costs and crane operators Leach Structural Steelwork Ltd (Leach) of Preston was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £9,143 costs at Warrington Magistrates Co…

Health and Safety Executive warning to construction industry after crane overturns

(HSE) Health and Safety Executive warning to construction industry after crane overturns



The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has warned the construction industry of the need to ensure that mobile crane operations are properly planned and supervised.

The warning follows HSE's prosecution of two construction companies after a 35 tonne truck mounted telescopic crane overturned, after one of the outriggers which support the crane sank into the ground.

The crane driver was forced to leap to safety and the 5.7 tonne beam that was being lifted into place narrowly missed two employees as it fell. The incident happened on the 27 February 2007 at Lingley Mere, Great Sankey, Warrington where a new fire control centre was under construction.

The main Contractor AMEC Group Ltd (Amec) of Northwich was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £9,143 costs and crane operators Leach Structural Steelwork Ltd (Leach) of Preston was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £9,143 costs at Warrington Magistrates Co…

TRANSPORT POLICE - NEW MEASURES ON TERRORISM

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Officers from British Transport Police today demonstrated the range of specialist equipment they are trained to deploy in the event of a chemical, biological or radiological incident on the London Transport Network to Policing and Counter-Terrorism Minister Tony McNulty. The demonstration was given to Mr McNulty when he visited the British Transport Police (BTP) headquarters in Camden to meet Superintendent Phil Trendall and colleagues working in the Specialist Counter-Terrorism Response Unit. The unit attends suspect package reports throughout the London Transport Network and officers are also trained to deal with "white powder" and any other chemical, biological or radiological related incidents. Mr McNulty saw the range of equipment that is used by the unit, which the Government has contributed more than £2 million towards.

TRANSPORT POLICE - NEW MEASURES ON TERRORISM

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Officers from British Transport Police today demonstrated the range of specialist equipment they are trained to deploy in the event of a chemical, biological or radiological incident on the London Transport Network to Policing and Counter-Terrorism Minister Tony McNulty. The demonstration was given to Mr McNulty when he visited the British Transport Police (BTP) headquarters in Camden to meet Superintendent Phil Trendall and colleagues working in the Specialist Counter-Terrorism Response Unit. The unit attends suspect package reports throughout the London Transport Network and officers are also trained to deal with "white powder" and any other chemical, biological or radiological related incidents. Mr McNulty saw the range of equipment that is used by the unit, which the Government has contributed more than £2 million towards.

HURRICANE IKE FOLLOWS IN THE WAKE OF HANNA & GUSTAV

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The Caribbean islands of Turks and Caicos are being hammered by Hurricane Ike, the fourth major storm to sweep the region in the past three weeks.Ike, measuring a ferocious Category Four, barrelled over the archipelago with winds of up to 135mph (215km/h). Forcecasters say it could dump up to 12 inches (30cm) of rain as it powers towards Cuba and the Bahamas, passing just north of Haiti, over the next day. 11:36 AM | Add a comment | Send a message | Permalink | View trackbacks (0) | Blog it | Foreign News

HURRICANE IKE FOLLOWS IN THE WAKE OF HANNA & GUSTAV

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The Caribbean islands of Turks and Caicos are being hammered by Hurricane Ike, the fourth major storm to sweep the region in the past three weeks.Ike, measuring a ferocious Category Four, barrelled over the archipelago with winds of up to 135mph (215km/h). Forcecasters say it could dump up to 12 inches (30cm) of rain as it powers towards Cuba and the Bahamas, passing just north of Haiti, over the next day. 11:36 AM | Add a comment | Send a message | Permalink | View trackbacks (0) | Blog it | Foreign News

MOD COMPUTER GAMES TO SAVE LIVES

Soldiers in the Royal Logistic Corps are to get a boost to their driving skills thanks to a hi-tech virtual training computer package, which will test their ability to cope under fire. Under a contract potentially worth some £2M the Joint Combat Operation Virtual Environment (JCOVE) uses the commercial 'serious game' application called Virtual Battlespace and will enable the British Armed Forces to practice Tactics Techniques and Procedures for road convoy operations in a realistic virtual environment. The package includes a Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) communication system to allow trainees to speak to each other through headsets as per operations, steering wheel and pedal sets for vehicle control and classroom control software to allow the instructors to maximise training effectiveness. Soldiers learn how to operate under fire and how to react under a variety of events and scenarios including being under fire, road side bombs and ambush. (c) MOD/COI - COI ref 164956P

MOD COMPUTER GAMES TO SAVE LIVES

Soldiers in the Royal Logistic Corps are to get a boost to their driving skills thanks to a hi-tech virtual training computer package, which will test their ability to cope under fire. Under a contract potentially worth some £2M the Joint Combat Operation Virtual Environment (JCOVE) uses the commercial 'serious game' application called Virtual Battlespace and will enable the British Armed Forces to practice Tactics Techniques and Procedures for road convoy operations in a realistic virtual environment. The package includes a Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) communication system to allow trainees to speak to each other through headsets as per operations, steering wheel and pedal sets for vehicle control and classroom control software to allow the instructors to maximise training effectiveness. Soldiers learn how to operate under fire and how to react under a variety of events and scenarios including being under fire, road side bombs and ambush. (c) MOD/COI - COI ref 164956P

LARGE HADRON COLLIDER SWITCHED ON

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Engineers are at tempting to circulate a beam of particles around the 27km-long underground tunnel which houses the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The £5bn machine on the Swiss-French border is designed to smash particles together with cataclysmic force, revealing signs of new physics. This will re-create conditions in the Universe moments after the Big Bang. Scientists here will embark on their biggest experiment ever, the hunt for a particle which gave the universe its form. Its scientific name is the Higgs Boson, but because it is so fundamental in shaping the universe, others have called it the God particle. It is a particle that is supposed to endow other fundamental particles with mass. Without it there would be no gravity, no universe as we know it - no "let there be light" moment. No-one has seen it, but physicists have invoked it because it is the simplest explanation for how the universe evolved.

LARGE HADRON COLLIDER SWITCHED ON

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Engineers are at tempting to circulate a beam of particles around the 27km-long underground tunnel which houses the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The £5bn machine on the Swiss-French border is designed to smash particles together with cataclysmic force, revealing signs of new physics. This will re-create conditions in the Universe moments after the Big Bang. Scientists here will embark on their biggest experiment ever, the hunt for a particle which gave the universe its form. Its scientific name is the Higgs Boson, but because it is so fundamental in shaping the universe, others have called it the God particle. It is a particle that is supposed to endow other fundamental particles with mass. Without it there would be no gravity, no universe as we know it - no "let there be light" moment. No-one has seen it, but physicists have invoked it because it is the simplest explanation for how the universe evolved.

LARGE HADRON COLLIDER SWITCHED ON TODAY

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Engineers are at tempting to circulate a beam of particles around the 27km-long underground tunnel which houses the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The £5bn machine on the Swiss-French border is designed to smash particles together with cataclysmic force, revealing signs of new physics. This will re-create conditions in the Universe moments after the Big Bang. Scientists here will embark on their biggest experiment ever, the hunt for a particle which gave the universe its form. Its scientific name is the Higgs Boson, but because it is so fundamental in shaping the universe, others have called it the God particle. It is a particle that is supposed to endow other fundamental particles with mass. Without it there would be no gravity, no universe as we know it - no "let there be light" moment. No-one has seen it, but physicists have invoked it because it is the simplest explanation for how the universe evolved.

LARGE HADRON COLLIDER SWITCHED ON TODAY

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Engineers are at tempting to circulate a beam of particles around the 27km-long underground tunnel which houses the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The £5bn machine on the Swiss-French border is designed to smash particles together with cataclysmic force, revealing signs of new physics. This will re-create conditions in the Universe moments after the Big Bang. Scientists here will embark on their biggest experiment ever, the hunt for a particle which gave the universe its form. Its scientific name is the Higgs Boson, but because it is so fundamental in shaping the universe, others have called it the God particle. It is a particle that is supposed to endow other fundamental particles with mass. Without it there would be no gravity, no universe as we know it - no "let there be light" moment. No-one has seen it, but physicists have invoked it because it is the simplest explanation for how the universe evolved.

LARGE HADRON COLLIDER SWITCHED ON TODAY

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Engineers are at tempting to circulate a beam of particles around the 27km-long underground tunnel which houses the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The £5bn machine on the Swiss-French border is designed to smash particles together with cataclysmic force, revealing signs of new physics. This will re-create conditions in the Universe moments after the Big Bang. Scientists here will embark on their biggest experiment ever, the hunt for a particle which gave the universe its form. Its scientific name is the Higgs Boson, but because it is so fundamental in shaping the universe, others have called it the God particle. It is a particle that is supposed to endow other fundamental particles with mass. Without it there would be no gravity, no universe as we know it - no "let there be light" moment. No-one has seen it, but physicists have invoked it because it is the simplest explanation for how the universe evolved.

MILITARY POWER OF CHINA 2008 - REPORT TO CONGRESS

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ANNUAL REPORT TO CONGRESS
Military Power of the
People’s Republic of China
2008http://cid-e853ab142560c964.skydrive.live.com/embedrow.aspx/Documents/China|_Military|_Report|_08.pdfThis above report from the Office of the US Secretary of Defence was published in May 2008 and is the latest report to congress on the People's Republic of China's defence.

MILITARY POWER OF CHINA 2008 - REPORT TO CONGRESS

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ANNUAL REPORT TO CONGRESS
Military Power of the
People’s Republic of China
2008http://cid-e853ab142560c964.skydrive.live.com/embedrow.aspx/Documents/China|_Military|_Report|_08.pdfThis above report from the Office of the US Secretary of Defence was published in May 2008 and is the latest report to congress on the People's Republic of China's defence.

MILITARY POWER OF CHINA 2008 - REPORT TO CONGRESS

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ANNUAL REPORT TO CONGRESS
Military Power of the
People’s Republic of China
2008http://cid-e853ab142560c964.skydrive.live.com/embedrow.aspx/Documents/China|_Military|_Report|_08.pdfThis above report from the Office of the US Secretary of Defence was published in May 2008 and is the latest report to congress on the People's Republic of China's defence.

MANCHESTER MANUAL DOCUMENT FOR DOWNLOAD ON CICERO LOUNGE

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The Manchester Manual is available in the Documents file area now for download, this was the terrorist handbook that was recently discovered in by the Greater Manchester Police and gives details on how Al-Qaeda cells in the UK were told to operate.It's contents cover : recruitment, forgery & counterfeiting, apartments & hiding places, secure communication & transportation, military training, cell structure, security plans, espionage, open-source and covert information gathering, recruitment of agents, and resisting imprisonmenthttp://cid-e853ab142560c964.skydrive.live.com/embedrow.aspx/Documents/manchester-al-qaeda-document.pdf

MANCHESTER MANUAL DOCUMENT FOR DOWNLOAD ON CICERO LOUNGE

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The Manchester Manual is available in the Documents file area now for download, this was the terrorist handbook that was recently discovered in by the Greater Manchester Police and gives details on how Al-Qaeda cells in the UK were told to operate.It's contents cover : recruitment, forgery & counterfeiting, apartments & hiding places, secure communication & transportation, military training, cell structure, security plans, espionage, open-source and covert information gathering, recruitment of agents, and resisting imprisonmenthttp://cid-e853ab142560c964.skydrive.live.com/embedrow.aspx/Documents/manchester-al-qaeda-document.pdf

MANCHESTER MANUAL DOCUMENT FOR DOWNLOAD ON CICERO LOUNGE

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The Manchester Manual is available in the Documents file area now for download, this was the terrorist handbook that was recently discovered in by the Greater Manchester Police and gives details on how Al-Qaeda cells in the UK were told to operate.It's contents cover : recruitment, forgery & counterfeiting, apartments & hiding places, secure communication & transportation, military training, cell structure, security plans, espionage, open-source and covert information gathering, recruitment of agents, and resisting imprisonmenthttp://cid-e853ab142560c964.skydrive.live.com/embedrow.aspx/Documents/manchester-al-qaeda-document.pdf

"JEREMY KYLE" Liked or Loathed?

This is Jon Culshaw's impersonation of the "Jeremy Kyle show", perhaps it does show the host as one who plays judge and jury, what do you think do you like him or loathe him?.
A good article can be read in the media section of this
weekends Observer on this modern day TV phenomena that is the Jeremy Kyle Show.
For the full article see: 
http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2008/sep/07/itv.television







"JEREMY KYLE" Liked or Loathed?

This is Jon Culshaw's impersonation of the "Jeremy Kyle show", perhaps it does show the host as one who plays judge and jury, what do you think do you like him or loathe him?.
A good article can be read in the media section of this
weekends Observer on this modern day TV phenomena that is the Jeremy Kyle Show.
For the full article see: 
http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2008/sep/07/itv.television







"JEREMY KYLE" Liked or Loathed?

This is Jon Culshaw's impersonation of the "Jeremy Kyle show", perhaps it does show the host as one who plays judge and jury, what do you think do you like him or loathe him?.
A good article can be read in the media section of this
weekends Observer on this modern day TV phenomena that is the Jeremy Kyle Show.
For the full article see: 
http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2008/sep/07/itv.television







HURRICANE IKE FOLLOWS IN THE WAKE OF HANNA & GUSTAV

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The Caribbean islands of Turks and Caicos are being hammered by Hurricane Ike, the fourth major storm to sweep the region in the past three weeks.Ike, measuring a ferocious Category Four, barrelled over the archipelago with winds of up to 135mph (215km/h). Forcecasters say it could dump up to 12 inches (30cm) of rain as it powers towards Cuba and the Bahamas, passing just north of Haiti, over the next day.

HURRICANE IKE FOLLOWS IN THE WAKE OF HANNA & GUSTAV

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The Caribbean islands of Turks and Caicos are being hammered by Hurricane Ike, the fourth major storm to sweep the region in the past three weeks.Ike, measuring a ferocious Category Four, barrelled over the archipelago with winds of up to 135mph (215km/h). Forcecasters say it could dump up to 12 inches (30cm) of rain as it powers towards Cuba and the Bahamas, passing just north of Haiti, over the next day.

HURRICANE IKE FOLLOWS IN THE WAKE OF HANNA & GUSTAV

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The Caribbean islands of Turks and Caicos are being hammered by Hurricane Ike, the fourth major storm to sweep the region in the past three weeks.Ike, measuring a ferocious Category Four, barrelled over the archipelago with winds of up to 135mph (215km/h). Forcecasters say it could dump up to 12 inches (30cm) of rain as it powers towards Cuba and the Bahamas, passing just north of Haiti, over the next day.

MOD COMPUTER GAMES TO SAVE LIVES

Soldiers in the Royal Logistic Corps are to get a boost to their driving skills thanks to a hi-tech virtual training computer package, which will test their ability to cope under fire. Under a contract potentially worth some £2M the Joint Combat Operation Virtual Environment (JCOVE) uses the commercial 'serious game' application called Virtual Battlespace and will enable the British Armed Forces to practice Tactics Techniques and Procedures for road convoy operations in a realistic virtual environment. The package includes a Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) communication system to allow trainees to speak to each other through headsets as per operations, steering wheel and pedal sets for vehicle control and classroom control software to allow the instructors to maximise training effectiveness. Soldiers learn how to operate under fire and how to react under a variety of events and scenarios including being under fire, road side bombs and ambush. (c) MOD/COI - COI ref 164956…

MOD COMPUTER GAMES TO SAVE LIVES

Soldiers in the Royal Logistic Corps are to get a boost to their driving skills thanks to a hi-tech virtual training computer package, which will test their ability to cope under fire. Under a contract potentially worth some £2M the Joint Combat Operation Virtual Environment (JCOVE) uses the commercial 'serious game' application called Virtual Battlespace and will enable the British Armed Forces to practice Tactics Techniques and Procedures for road convoy operations in a realistic virtual environment. The package includes a Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) communication system to allow trainees to speak to each other through headsets as per operations, steering wheel and pedal sets for vehicle control and classroom control software to allow the instructors to maximise training effectiveness. Soldiers learn how to operate under fire and how to react under a variety of events and scenarios including being under fire, road side bombs and ambush. (c) MOD/COI - COI ref 164956…

MOD COMPUTER GAMES TO SAVE LIVES

Soldiers in the Royal Logistic Corps are to get a boost to their driving skills thanks to a hi-tech virtual training computer package, which will test their ability to cope under fire. Under a contract potentially worth some £2M the Joint Combat Operation Virtual Environment (JCOVE) uses the commercial 'serious game' application called Virtual Battlespace and will enable the British Armed Forces to practice Tactics Techniques and Procedures for road convoy operations in a realistic virtual environment. The package includes a Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) communication system to allow trainees to speak to each other through headsets as per operations, steering wheel and pedal sets for vehicle control and classroom control software to allow the instructors to maximise training effectiveness. Soldiers learn how to operate under fire and how to react under a variety of events and scenarios including being under fire, road side bombs and ambush. (c) MOD/COI - COI ref 164956…

TRANSPORT POLICE - NEW MEASURES ON TERRORISM

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Officers from British Transport Police today demonstrated the range of specialist equipment they are trained to deploy in the event of a chemical, biological or radiological incident on the London Transport Network to Policing and Counter-Terrorism Minister Tony McNulty. The demonstration was given to Mr McNulty when he visited the British Transport Police (BTP) headquarters in Camden to meet Superintendent Phil Trendall and colleagues working in the Specialist Counter-Terrorism Response Unit. The unit attends suspect package reports throughout the London Transport Network and officers are also trained to deal with "white powder" and any other chemical, biological or radiological related incidents. Mr McNulty saw the range of equipment that is used by the unit, which the Government has contributed more than £2 million towards.

TRANSPORT POLICE - NEW MEASURES ON TERRORISM

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Officers from British Transport Police today demonstrated the range of specialist equipment they are trained to deploy in the event of a chemical, biological or radiological incident on the London Transport Network to Policing and Counter-Terrorism Minister Tony McNulty. The demonstration was given to Mr McNulty when he visited the British Transport Police (BTP) headquarters in Camden to meet Superintendent Phil Trendall and colleagues working in the Specialist Counter-Terrorism Response Unit. The unit attends suspect package reports throughout the London Transport Network and officers are also trained to deal with "white powder" and any other chemical, biological or radiological related incidents. Mr McNulty saw the range of equipment that is used by the unit, which the Government has contributed more than £2 million towards.

TRANSPORT POLICE - NEW MEASURES ON TERRORISM

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Officers from British Transport Police today demonstrated the range of specialist equipment they are trained to deploy in the event of a chemical, biological or radiological incident on the London Transport Network to Policing and Counter-Terrorism Minister Tony McNulty. The demonstration was given to Mr McNulty when he visited the British Transport Police (BTP) headquarters in Camden to meet Superintendent Phil Trendall and colleagues working in the Specialist Counter-Terrorism Response Unit. The unit attends suspect package reports throughout the London Transport Network and officers are also trained to deal with "white powder" and any other chemical, biological or radiological related incidents. Mr McNulty saw the range of equipment that is used by the unit, which the Government has contributed more than £2 million towards.

FCO: ADVICE ON HURRICANE GUSTAV

Hurricane Gustav continues to move through the Caribbean and is now a category 3 storm (expected to reach category 4 before making landfall in the US). On present estimates, landfall in the US is possible on Monday afternoon or evening (local time) on 1 September. Although it is not yet clear where Gustav may make landfall, or at what strength, projections show an increasing likelihood of the hurricane coming inshore along the Louisiana Coast. The Governor of Louisiana has declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard.

FCO: ADVICE ON HURRICANE GUSTAV

Hurricane Gustav continues to move through the Caribbean and is now a category 3 storm (expected to reach category 4 before making landfall in the US). On present estimates, landfall in the US is possible on Monday afternoon or evening (local time) on 1 September. Although it is not yet clear where Gustav may make landfall, or at what strength, projections show an increasing likelihood of the hurricane coming inshore along the Louisiana Coast. The Governor of Louisiana has declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard.

FCO: ADVICE ON HURRICANE GUSTAV

Hurricane Gustav continues to move through the Caribbean and is now a category 3 storm (expected to reach category 4 before making landfall in the US). On present estimates, landfall in the US is possible on Monday afternoon or evening (local time) on 1 September. Although it is not yet clear where Gustav may make landfall, or at what strength, projections show an increasing likelihood of the hurricane coming inshore along the Louisiana Coast. The Governor of Louisiana has declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard.

GEOFF COUPE'S BLOG AREA - BEAR-BAITING AND BEDLAM

Today's Observer carries a powerful piece by Carole Cadwalladr, who looks at the stomach-turning phenomenon that is the Jeremy Kyle Show on TV. As a court judge said last year:
'It seems to me that the purpose of this show is to effect a morbid and depressing display of dysfunctional people whose lives are in turmoil. It is for no more and no less than titillating members of the public who have nothing better to do with their mornings than sit and watch this show which is a human form of bear baiting which goes under the guise of entertainment.
It is telling that the practice of letting the public visit the Bethlem Royal Hospital (Bedlam) was apparently ended in 1770 because it "tended to disturb the tranquillity of the patients" by "making sport and diversion of the miserable inhabitants". That practice seems to live on in TV shows today and I can't feel that society has been enriched or educated as a result.
Article:
http://gcoupe.spaces.live.com/Blog/c…

GEOFF COUPE'S BLOG AREA - BEAR-BAITING AND BEDLAM

Today's Observer carries a powerful piece by Carole Cadwalladr, who looks at the stomach-turning phenomenon that is the Jeremy Kyle Show on TV. As a court judge said last year:
'It seems to me that the purpose of this show is to effect a morbid and depressing display of dysfunctional people whose lives are in turmoil. It is for no more and no less than titillating members of the public who have nothing better to do with their mornings than sit and watch this show which is a human form of bear baiting which goes under the guise of entertainment.
It is telling that the practice of letting the public visit the Bethlem Royal Hospital (Bedlam) was apparently ended in 1770 because it "tended to disturb the tranquillity of the patients" by "making sport and diversion of the miserable inhabitants". That practice seems to live on in TV shows today and I can't feel that society has been enriched or educated as a result.
Article:
http://gcoupe.spaces.live.com/Blog/c…

GEOFF COUPE'S BLOG AREA - BEAR-BAITING AND BEDLAM

Today's Observer carries a powerful piece by Carole Cadwalladr, who looks at the stomach-turning phenomenon that is the Jeremy Kyle Show on TV. As a court judge said last year:
'It seems to me that the purpose of this show is to effect a morbid and depressing display of dysfunctional people whose lives are in turmoil. It is for no more and no less than titillating members of the public who have nothing better to do with their mornings than sit and watch this show which is a human form of bear baiting which goes under the guise of entertainment.
It is telling that the practice of letting the public visit the Bethlem Royal Hospital (Bedlam) was apparently ended in 1770 because it "tended to disturb the tranquillity of the patients" by "making sport and diversion of the miserable inhabitants". That practice seems to live on in TV shows today and I can't feel that society has been enriched or educated as a result.
Article:
http://gcoupe.spaces.live.com/Blog/c…

EXHIBITION TO CELEBRATE 50 YEARS OF MUTUAL DEFENCE AGREEMENT

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The UK and US signed the Mutual Defence Agreement 50 years ago, ensuring a flow of information on nuclear issues. In 2008 the agreement continues to support the special relationship. One of the cornerstones of the "special relationship" was laid on 3 July 1958, when representatives of the British and American Governments signed the Mutual Defence Agreement (MDA), enabling co-operation between the two nations on nuclear weapons and naval nuclear propulsion. During the Second World War, Britain and the US had been at the forefront of the race to build the first nuclear weapon, and as the Cold War got under way it made sense both politically and financially to pool resources. 2008 marks the 50th anniversary of a partnership that has enabled Britain to maintain a viable and cost-effective nuclear deterrent. An exhibition in the Memorial Courtyard of the MOD Main Building, opened by Defence Secretary Des Browne in the presence of US Ambassador Robert Holmes Tuttle told the story …

EXHIBITION TO CELEBRATE 50 YEARS OF MUTUAL DEFENCE AGREEMENT

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The UK and US signed the Mutual Defence Agreement 50 years ago, ensuring a flow of information on nuclear issues. In 2008 the agreement continues to support the special relationship. One of the cornerstones of the "special relationship" was laid on 3 July 1958, when representatives of the British and American Governments signed the Mutual Defence Agreement (MDA), enabling co-operation between the two nations on nuclear weapons and naval nuclear propulsion. During the Second World War, Britain and the US had been at the forefront of the race to build the first nuclear weapon, and as the Cold War got under way it made sense both politically and financially to pool resources. 2008 marks the 50th anniversary of a partnership that has enabled Britain to maintain a viable and cost-effective nuclear deterrent. An exhibition in the Memorial Courtyard of the MOD Main Building, opened by Defence Secretary Des Browne in the presence of US Ambassador Robert Holmes Tuttle told the story …

FABIAN SOCIETY CONFERENCE FRINGE EVENTS & PARTY

The Fabian Society has a number of excellent fringe events planned for the Conference. Full details here: http://fabians.org.uk/events/events/labour-conference-08-fringesTheir is also a Fabian Party taking place on Sunday 21st September in the Great Hall in Manchester Town Hall. The party is from 10pm to 2am with Ed Miliband the keynote speaker. As a local Society we will be having a pre Conference drinks event on Friday 19th September. Full details to follow in the next few days. Please do keep checking the blog for details of local events etc http://gtrmancfabians.blogspot.comFor details of joining the Fabian Society in Manchester email: graham_whitham@hotmail.co.uk 9:47 PM | Add a comment | Send a message | Permalink | View trackbacks (0) | Blog it

FABIAN SOCIETY CONFERENCE FRINGE EVENTS & PARTY

The Fabian Society has a number of excellent fringe events planned for the Conference. Full details here: http://fabians.org.uk/events/events/labour-conference-08-fringesTheir is also a Fabian Party taking place on Sunday 21st September in the Great Hall in Manchester Town Hall. The party is from 10pm to 2am with Ed Miliband the keynote speaker. As a local Society we will be having a pre Conference drinks event on Friday 19th September. Full details to follow in the next few days. Please do keep checking the blog for details of local events etc http://gtrmancfabians.blogspot.comFor details of joining the Fabian Society in Manchester email: graham_whitham@hotmail.co.uk 9:47 PM | Add a comment | Send a message | Permalink | View trackbacks (0) | Blog it
FCO: ADVICE ON HURRICANE GUSTAV

Hurricane Gustav continues to move through the Caribbean and is now a category 3 storm (expected to reach category 4 before making landfall in the US). On present estimates, landfall in the US is possible on Monday afternoon or evening (local time) on 1 September. Although it is not yet clear where Gustav may make landfall, or at what strength, projections show an increasing likelihood of the hurricane coming inshore along the Louisiana Coast. The Governor of Louisiana has declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard.
FCO: ADVICE ON HURRICANE GUSTAV

Hurricane Gustav continues to move through the Caribbean and is now a category 3 storm (expected to reach category 4 before making landfall in the US). On present estimates, landfall in the US is possible on Monday afternoon or evening (local time) on 1 September. Although it is not yet clear where Gustav may make landfall, or at what strength, projections show an increasing likelihood of the hurricane coming inshore along the Louisiana Coast. The Governor of Louisiana has declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard.

FABIAN SOCIETY CONFERENCE FRINGE EVENTS & PARTY

The Fabian Society has a number of excellent fringe events planned for the Conference. Full details here: http://fabians.org.uk/events/events/labour-conference-08-fringesTheir is also a Fabian Party taking place on Sunday 21st September in the Great Hall in Manchester Town Hall. The party is from 10pm to 2am with Ed Miliband the keynote speaker. As a local Society we will be having a pre Conference drinks event on Friday 19th September. Full details to follow in the next few days. Please do keep checking the blog for details of local events etc http://gtrmancfabians.blogspot.comFor details of joining the Fabian Society in Manchester email: graham_whitham@hotmail.co.uk

FABIAN SOCIETY CONFERENCE FRINGE EVENTS & PARTY

The Fabian Society has a number of excellent fringe events planned for the Conference. Full details here: http://fabians.org.uk/events/events/labour-conference-08-fringesTheir is also a Fabian Party taking place on Sunday 21st September in the Great Hall in Manchester Town Hall. The party is from 10pm to 2am with Ed Miliband the keynote speaker. As a local Society we will be having a pre Conference drinks event on Friday 19th September. Full details to follow in the next few days. Please do keep checking the blog for details of local events etc http://gtrmancfabians.blogspot.comFor details of joining the Fabian Society in Manchester email: graham_whitham@hotmail.co.uk

FABIAN SOCIETY CONFERENCE FRINGE EVENTS & PARTY

The Fabian Society has a number of excellent fringe events planned for the Conference. Full details here: http://fabians.org.uk/events/events/labour-conference-08-fringesTheir is also a Fabian Party taking place on Sunday 21st September in the Great Hall in Manchester Town Hall. The party is from 10pm to 2am with Ed Miliband the keynote speaker. As a local Society we will be having a pre Conference drinks event on Friday 19th September. Full details to follow in the next few days. Please do keep checking the blog for details of local events etc http://gtrmancfabians.blogspot.comFor details of joining the Fabian Society in Manchester email: graham_whitham@hotmail.co.uk

EXHIBITION TO CELEBRATE 50 YEARS OF MUTUAL DEFENCE AGREEMENT

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The UK and US signed the Mutual Defence Agreement 50 years ago, ensuring a flow of information on nuclear issues. In 2008 the agreement continues to support the special relationship. One of the cornerstones of the "special relationship" was laid on 3 July 1958, when representatives of the British and American Governments signed the Mutual Defence Agreement (MDA), enabling co-operation between the two nations on nuclear weapons and naval nuclear propulsion. During the Second World War, Britain and the US had been at the forefront of the race to build the first nuclear weapon, and as the Cold War got under way it made sense both politically and financially to pool resources. 2008 marks the 50th anniversary of a partnership that has enabled Britain to maintain a viable and cost-effective nuclear deterrent. An exhibition in the Memorial Courtyard of the MOD Main Building, opened by Defence Secretary Des Browne in the presence of US Ambassador Robert Holmes Tuttle told the stor…

EXHIBITION TO CELEBRATE 50 YEARS OF MUTUAL DEFENCE AGREEMENT

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The UK and US signed the Mutual Defence Agreement 50 years ago, ensuring a flow of information on nuclear issues. In 2008 the agreement continues to support the special relationship. One of the cornerstones of the "special relationship" was laid on 3 July 1958, when representatives of the British and American Governments signed the Mutual Defence Agreement (MDA), enabling co-operation between the two nations on nuclear weapons and naval nuclear propulsion. During the Second World War, Britain and the US had been at the forefront of the race to build the first nuclear weapon, and as the Cold War got under way it made sense both politically and financially to pool resources. 2008 marks the 50th anniversary of a partnership that has enabled Britain to maintain a viable and cost-effective nuclear deterrent. An exhibition in the Memorial Courtyard of the MOD Main Building, opened by Defence Secretary Des Browne in the presence of US Ambassador Robert Holmes Tuttle told the stor…

EXHIBITION TO CELEBRATE 50 YEARS OF MUTUAL DEFENCE AGREEMENT

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The UK and US signed the Mutual Defence Agreement 50 years ago, ensuring a flow of information on nuclear issues. In 2008 the agreement continues to support the special relationship. One of the cornerstones of the "special relationship" was laid on 3 July 1958, when representatives of the British and American Governments signed the Mutual Defence Agreement (MDA), enabling co-operation between the two nations on nuclear weapons and naval nuclear propulsion. During the Second World War, Britain and the US had been at the forefront of the race to build the first nuclear weapon, and as the Cold War got under way it made sense both politically and financially to pool resources. 2008 marks the 50th anniversary of a partnership that has enabled Britain to maintain a viable and cost-effective nuclear deterrent. An exhibition in the Memorial Courtyard of the MOD Main Building, opened by Defence Secretary Des Browne in the presence of US Ambassador Robert Holmes Tuttle told the stor…

QINETIQ SECURES NAVAL DEAL

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A multi-million pound deal between the Ministry of Defence and UK research establishment QinetiQ has secured the support and expertise needed to ensure the continued operation of the current submarine fleet and the development of technology for future generations it was confirmed today, Wednesday 3 September 2008. In the 15-year contract, worth £200million, the Maritime Strategic Capabilities Agreement (MSCA) will secure the MOD's access to maritime research facilities, including the Ocean Basin at Haslar, a Ship Towing Tank and Shock Laboratory Machines, and to a range of experts in submarine hydrodynamics, structure and survivability, and maritime lifeThe Ocean Basin, a 120 x 60 by 5.5 metre deep fresh water testing tank, including a rotating arm and wavemakers, is used to test autonomous models of ships and underwater vehicles [Picture: MOD]

QINETIQ SECURES NAVAL DEAL

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A multi-million pound deal between the Ministry of Defence and UK research establishment QinetiQ has secured the support and expertise needed to ensure the continued operation of the current submarine fleet and the development of technology for future generations it was confirmed today, Wednesday 3 September 2008. In the 15-year contract, worth £200million, the Maritime Strategic Capabilities Agreement (MSCA) will secure the MOD's access to maritime research facilities, including the Ocean Basin at Haslar, a Ship Towing Tank and Shock Laboratory Machines, and to a range of experts in submarine hydrodynamics, structure and survivability, and maritime lifeThe Ocean Basin, a 120 x 60 by 5.5 metre deep fresh water testing tank, including a rotating arm and wavemakers, is used to test autonomous models of ships and underwater vehicles [Picture: MOD]

QINETIQ SECURES NAVAL DEAL

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A multi-million pound deal between the Ministry of Defence and UK research establishment QinetiQ has secured the support and expertise needed to ensure the continued operation of the current submarine fleet and the development of technology for future generations it was confirmed today, Wednesday 3 September 2008. In the 15-year contract, worth £200million, the Maritime Strategic Capabilities Agreement (MSCA) will secure the MOD's access to maritime research facilities, including the Ocean Basin at Haslar, a Ship Towing Tank and Shock Laboratory Machines, and to a range of experts in submarine hydrodynamics, structure and survivability, and maritime lifeThe Ocean Basin, a 120 x 60 by 5.5 metre deep fresh water testing tank, including a rotating arm and wavemakers, is used to test autonomous models of ships and underwater vehicles [Picture: MOD]

THAILAND'S EMERGENCY DECREE ATTACKS FREE SPEECH

The Thai government should remove restrictions on free speech contained in today's emergency decree, Amnesty International said. Benjamin Zawacki, Amnesty International's researcher on Thailand, said: 'The government is ultimately responsible for the security of all Thai citizens, regardless of their political views. 'But the government should not use this state of emergency to silence free speech or infringe on other human rights."

THAILAND'S EMERGENCY DECREE ATTACKS FREE SPEECH

The Thai government should remove restrictions on free speech contained in today's emergency decree, Amnesty International said. Benjamin Zawacki, Amnesty International's researcher on Thailand, said: 'The government is ultimately responsible for the security of all Thai citizens, regardless of their political views. 'But the government should not use this state of emergency to silence free speech or infringe on other human rights."

THAILAND'S EMERGENCY DECREE ATTACKS FREE SPEECH

The Thai government should remove restrictions on free speech contained in today's emergency decree, Amnesty International said. Benjamin Zawacki, Amnesty International's researcher on Thailand, said: 'The government is ultimately responsible for the security of all Thai citizens, regardless of their political views. 'But the government should not use this state of emergency to silence free speech or infringe on other human rights."