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Terror Suspect accepts £20,000 police settlement

Nottinghamshire Police recently decided to settle with an out of court payment in the case of Rizwaan Sabir the student who emailed a copy of the “Al-Qaeda Training manual on the internet.

Mr Sabir was held for a week in  police custody as a terror threat and released a week without charge.

The Police have maintained his arrest was necessary and the detention reasonable give the spespected offience. Mr Sabir maintaining that his arrest and detention were unlawful, and amounted to a  false imprisonment.

Mr Sabir said  he’d emailed his a copy of Al-Quada manual to a  friend helping him draft his PHD into  counter-terrorism at the University of Nottingham and that the manual was not only on the internet but a fuller version available at the University's own library or bookshops including Waterstones and W H Smith.

Mr Sabir felt the police over zealously in his arrest, however Nottinghamshire police while apologising for a search of his vehicle in November 2010 deny acting disproportionat…

Terror Suspect accepts £20,000 police settlement

Nottinghamshire Police recently decided to settle with an out of court payment in the case of Rizwaan Sabir the student who emailed a copy of the “Al-Qaeda Training manual on the internet.

Mr Sabir was held for a week in  police custody as a terror threat and released a week without charge.

The Police have maintained his arrest was necessary and the detention reasonable give the spespected offience. Mr Sabir maintaining that his arrest and detention were unlawful, and amounted to a  false imprisonment.

Mr Sabir said  he’d emailed his a copy of Al-Quada manual to a  friend helping him draft his PHD into  counter-terrorism at the University of Nottingham and that the manual was not only on the internet but a fuller version available at the University's own library or bookshops including Waterstones and W H Smith.

Mr Sabir felt the police over zealously in his arrest, however Nottinghamshire police while apologising for a search of his vehicle in November 2010 deny acting disproportionat…

Terror Suspect accepts £20,000 police settlement

Nottinghamshire Police recently decided to settle with an out of court payment in the case of Rizwaan Sabir the student who emailed a copy of the “Al-Qaeda Training manual on the internet.

Mr Sabir was held for a week in  police custody as a terror threat and released a week without charge.

The Police have maintained his arrest was necessary and the detention reasonable give the spespected offience. Mr Sabir maintaining that his arrest and detention were unlawful, and amounted to a  false imprisonment.

Mr Sabir said  he’d emailed his a copy of Al-Quada manual to a  friend helping him draft his PHD into  counter-terrorism at the University of Nottingham and that the manual was not only on the internet but a fuller version available at the University's own library or bookshops including Waterstones and W H Smith.

Mr Sabir felt the police over zealously in his arrest, however Nottinghamshire police while apologising for a search of his vehicle in November 2010 deny acting disproportionat…

Can Light Travel in another Dimention?

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Of course the big news this week is a particle (a neutrino) that "might" have travelled faster than the speed of light?
Dr. Brian Cox has suggested that for this evidence to be proved true,  CERN will probably askother laboratories to agree their finding and that more research will need to be done  to determine whether this latest discovery actually goes against everything we know from Einstein about the constant factor of light's speed ? He suggests that it may be possible if light travels though another dimension?
He discussed this recently on BBC Radio 5, for more information on his response to the finding go to  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-15034852




Can Light Travel in another Dimention?

Image
Of course the big news this week is a particle (a neutrino) that "might" have travelled faster than the speed of light?
Dr. Brian Cox has suggested that for this evidence to be proved true,  CERN will probably askother laboratories to agree their finding and that more research will need to be done  to determine whether this latest discovery actually goes against everything we know from Einstein about the constant factor of light's speed ? He suggests that it may be possible if light travels though another dimension?
He discussed this recently on BBC Radio 5, for more information on his response to the finding go to  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-15034852




Can Light Travel in another Dimention?

Image
Of course the big news this week is a particle (a neutrino) that "might" have travelled faster than the speed of light?
Dr. Brian Cox has suggested that for this evidence to be proved true,  CERN will probably askother laboratories to agree their finding and that more research will need to be done  to determine whether this latest discovery actually goes against everything we know from Einstein about the constant factor of light's speed ? He suggests that it may be possible if light travels though another dimension?
He discussed this recently on BBC Radio 5, for more information on his response to the finding go to  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-15034852




CCRC refers to NI Court of Appeal

The Commission has referred the convictions of James Martin and Veronica Ryan to the Northern Ireland Court of Appeal.

James Martin and Veronica Ryan (formerly known as Veronica Martin) were convicted together in May 1991 at Belfast Crown Court of the false imprisonment of Joseph Fenton1. Mr Martin was also convicted on that date of making property available for terrorism. Mr Martin was sentenced to four years' imprisonment and Ms Ryan was sentenced to six months' imprisonment.

The prosecution case against Mr Martin and Ms Ryan was that they falsely imprisoned Mr Fenton in Belfast between 25th and 26th February 1989. Mr Martin was also charged with aiding and abetting the murder of Joseph Fenton but was acquitted of that offence.

The Commission's review of these convictions followed the Northern Ireland Court of Appeal's decision in January 2009 to quash Mr Martin's and Ms Ryan's convictions relating to a separate incident has decided to refer the convictions to t…

CCRC refers to NI Court of Appeal

The Commission has referred the convictions of James Martin and Veronica Ryan to the Northern Ireland Court of Appeal.

James Martin and Veronica Ryan (formerly known as Veronica Martin) were convicted together in May 1991 at Belfast Crown Court of the false imprisonment of Joseph Fenton1. Mr Martin was also convicted on that date of making property available for terrorism. Mr Martin was sentenced to four years' imprisonment and Ms Ryan was sentenced to six months' imprisonment.

The prosecution case against Mr Martin and Ms Ryan was that they falsely imprisoned Mr Fenton in Belfast between 25th and 26th February 1989. Mr Martin was also charged with aiding and abetting the murder of Joseph Fenton but was acquitted of that offence.

The Commission's review of these convictions followed the Northern Ireland Court of Appeal's decision in January 2009 to quash Mr Martin's and Ms Ryan's convictions relating to a separate incident has decided to refer the convictions to t…

CCRC refers to NI Court of Appeal

The Commission has referred the convictions of James Martin and Veronica Ryan to the Northern Ireland Court of Appeal.

James Martin and Veronica Ryan (formerly known as Veronica Martin) were convicted together in May 1991 at Belfast Crown Court of the false imprisonment of Joseph Fenton1. Mr Martin was also convicted on that date of making property available for terrorism. Mr Martin was sentenced to four years' imprisonment and Ms Ryan was sentenced to six months' imprisonment.

The prosecution case against Mr Martin and Ms Ryan was that they falsely imprisoned Mr Fenton in Belfast between 25th and 26th February 1989. Mr Martin was also charged with aiding and abetting the murder of Joseph Fenton but was acquitted of that offence.

The Commission's review of these convictions followed the Northern Ireland Court of Appeal's decision in January 2009 to quash Mr Martin's and Ms Ryan's convictions relating to a separate incident has decided to refer the convictions to t…

Cable urges clarity

Investors will have greater clarity on how top businesses are run and how executive pay is matched to performance under proposals published today by Business Secretary Vince Cable.

Proposals published as part of a consultation paper will simplify the reporting requirements for companies, providing clear and relevant information to investors on performance and pay. It will increase transparency and accountability in the investment chain and enable shareholders to get a real picture of what is happening to inform their investment decisions and help our economy grow.

Measures to improve reporting on remuneration include requiring companies to provide information on the link between the performance of companies and top executives earnings. For example, requiring disclosure where the remuneration committee has agreed to pay bonuses when performance targets have not been met.

It also asks:

* whether to require the total figure for each board director’s remuneration to be published, includin…

Cable urges clarity

Investors will have greater clarity on how top businesses are run and how executive pay is matched to performance under proposals published today by Business Secretary Vince Cable.

Proposals published as part of a consultation paper will simplify the reporting requirements for companies, providing clear and relevant information to investors on performance and pay. It will increase transparency and accountability in the investment chain and enable shareholders to get a real picture of what is happening to inform their investment decisions and help our economy grow.

Measures to improve reporting on remuneration include requiring companies to provide information on the link between the performance of companies and top executives earnings. For example, requiring disclosure where the remuneration committee has agreed to pay bonuses when performance targets have not been met.

It also asks:

* whether to require the total figure for each board director’s remuneration to be published, includin…

Cable urges clarity

Investors will have greater clarity on how top businesses are run and how executive pay is matched to performance under proposals published today by Business Secretary Vince Cable.

Proposals published as part of a consultation paper will simplify the reporting requirements for companies, providing clear and relevant information to investors on performance and pay. It will increase transparency and accountability in the investment chain and enable shareholders to get a real picture of what is happening to inform their investment decisions and help our economy grow.

Measures to improve reporting on remuneration include requiring companies to provide information on the link between the performance of companies and top executives earnings. For example, requiring disclosure where the remuneration committee has agreed to pay bonuses when performance targets have not been met.

It also asks:

* whether to require the total figure for each board director’s remuneration to be published, includin…

Poland opens up Gas market

Poland's parliament took one of its first steps towards opening up its natural gas market, passing a bill late on Friday that allows potential rivals to keep required reserves anywhere in the European Union.

The new law, which will come into effect after 30 days, aims at liberalising gas storage regulations, which at the moment effectively ensure a dominant position for PGNiG .


Until now, companies willing to enter the 14-billion-cubic-metre (bcm) gas market could only keep obligatory reserves in Poland, where PGNiG controls all the storage capacity.

Any company that wants to trade larger volumes of gas on the Polish market currently has to either build its own storage facilities or rent them from the monopoly, which has been reluctant to grant access to its facilities.

Poland opens up Gas market

Poland's parliament took one of its first steps towards opening up its natural gas market, passing a bill late on Friday that allows potential rivals to keep required reserves anywhere in the European Union.

The new law, which will come into effect after 30 days, aims at liberalising gas storage regulations, which at the moment effectively ensure a dominant position for PGNiG .


Until now, companies willing to enter the 14-billion-cubic-metre (bcm) gas market could only keep obligatory reserves in Poland, where PGNiG controls all the storage capacity.

Any company that wants to trade larger volumes of gas on the Polish market currently has to either build its own storage facilities or rent them from the monopoly, which has been reluctant to grant access to its facilities.

Poland opens up Gas market

Poland's parliament took one of its first steps towards opening up its natural gas market, passing a bill late on Friday that allows potential rivals to keep required reserves anywhere in the European Union.

The new law, which will come into effect after 30 days, aims at liberalising gas storage regulations, which at the moment effectively ensure a dominant position for PGNiG .


Until now, companies willing to enter the 14-billion-cubic-metre (bcm) gas market could only keep obligatory reserves in Poland, where PGNiG controls all the storage capacity.

Any company that wants to trade larger volumes of gas on the Polish market currently has to either build its own storage facilities or rent them from the monopoly, which has been reluctant to grant access to its facilities.

Ivory Wave

New psychoactive substances found in so-called 'legal high' brand 'Ivory Wave' are to become controlled Class B drugs, the government signalled today.

The psychoactive substance Desoxypipradrol (2-DPMP) is to be controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 as a Class B substance, along with structurally related compounds to ensure that alternatives cannot be developed to avoid the ban.

The move follows advice from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) published this week. The ACMD found the health effects of 2-DPMP and its related compounds are similar to those of Class B drugs and have the potential to cause harm.

An initial recommendation from the ACMD to put in place an import ban on 2-DPMP was accepted and implemented by the government in November 2010.

An Order making the substance illegal will be put before Parliament this autumn. The Order will also seek to make phenazepam, also used as a 'legal high', a Class C drug along with other benzodiaze…

Ivory Wave

New psychoactive substances found in so-called 'legal high' brand 'Ivory Wave' are to become controlled Class B drugs, the government signalled today.

The psychoactive substance Desoxypipradrol (2-DPMP) is to be controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 as a Class B substance, along with structurally related compounds to ensure that alternatives cannot be developed to avoid the ban.

The move follows advice from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) published this week. The ACMD found the health effects of 2-DPMP and its related compounds are similar to those of Class B drugs and have the potential to cause harm.

An initial recommendation from the ACMD to put in place an import ban on 2-DPMP was accepted and implemented by the government in November 2010.

An Order making the substance illegal will be put before Parliament this autumn. The Order will also seek to make phenazepam, also used as a 'legal high', a Class C drug along with other benzodiaze…

Ivory Wave

New psychoactive substances found in so-called 'legal high' brand 'Ivory Wave' are to become controlled Class B drugs, the government signalled today.

The psychoactive substance Desoxypipradrol (2-DPMP) is to be controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 as a Class B substance, along with structurally related compounds to ensure that alternatives cannot be developed to avoid the ban.

The move follows advice from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) published this week. The ACMD found the health effects of 2-DPMP and its related compounds are similar to those of Class B drugs and have the potential to cause harm.

An initial recommendation from the ACMD to put in place an import ban on 2-DPMP was accepted and implemented by the government in November 2010.

An Order making the substance illegal will be put before Parliament this autumn. The Order will also seek to make phenazepam, also used as a 'legal high', a Class C drug along with other benzodiaze…

Mass public strikes for 30th November

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TUC Boss Brendan Barber has urged ministers to "engage in a genuine spirit of seeking agreement" to end the disagreement over increased pension contributions and has said that unions may  hold a nationwide "day of action" for 30 November which will disrupt public services in the UK.

The government in response has said that such action will not endear the public to the unions and make the public "angry".

Unison, Unite, GMB and the Fire Brigades' Union are already looking to ballot members for coordinated industrial action.  Mr Barber intimated that 10 other unions may also take part in a vote on strike action saying that the day of action on 30th November would bring about "the biggest trade union mobilisation for a generation".

Talks are being held between the Government and the unions. to avert the proposed day of action in November.




Mass public strikes for 30th November

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TUC Boss Brendan Barber has urged ministers to "engage in a genuine spirit of seeking agreement" to end the disagreement over increased pension contributions and has said that unions may  hold a nationwide "day of action" for 30 November which will disrupt public services in the UK.

The government in response has said that such action will not endear the public to the unions and make the public "angry".

Unison, Unite, GMB and the Fire Brigades' Union are already looking to ballot members for coordinated industrial action.  Mr Barber intimated that 10 other unions may also take part in a vote on strike action saying that the day of action on 30th November would bring about "the biggest trade union mobilisation for a generation".

Talks are being held between the Government and the unions. to avert the proposed day of action in November.




Mass public strikes for 30th November

Image
TUC Boss Brendan Barber has urged ministers to "engage in a genuine spirit of seeking agreement" to end the disagreement over increased pension contributions and has said that unions may  hold a nationwide "day of action" for 30 November which will disrupt public services in the UK.

The government in response has said that such action will not endear the public to the unions and make the public "angry".

Unison, Unite, GMB and the Fire Brigades' Union are already looking to ballot members for coordinated industrial action.  Mr Barber intimated that 10 other unions may also take part in a vote on strike action saying that the day of action on 30th November would bring about "the biggest trade union mobilisation for a generation".

Talks are being held between the Government and the unions. to avert the proposed day of action in November.




Preston VAT cheats sentenced to 34 years

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Two men from Preston, who absconded to Dubai, have been sentenced in their absence to 34 years in jail for their part in a £56.5 million ‘missing trader’ VAT and money laundering fraud.


The two men, Adam Umerji, 33 and Addullah Yusaf Allad, 32 were originally charged in January 2009, but absconded before they stood trial. Three others involved in the fraud who pleaded guilty prior to trial were also jailed for 15 years at Liverpool Crown Court.

The gang operated a number of companies in trading in mobile phones in the Preston area. They submitted fraudulent VAT claims to reclaim millions of pounds in VAT paid by them on the purchase of large quantities of stock. They then transferred their criminal proceeds out of the UK to Dubai in an effort to conceal their illegal activities.

Source:COI News Distribution Service

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Preston VAT cheats sentenced to 34 years

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Two men from Preston, who absconded to Dubai, have been sentenced in their absence to 34 years in jail for their part in a £56.5 million ‘missing trader’ VAT and money laundering fraud.


The two men, Adam Umerji, 33 and Addullah Yusaf Allad, 32 were originally charged in January 2009, but absconded before they stood trial. Three others involved in the fraud who pleaded guilty prior to trial were also jailed for 15 years at Liverpool Crown Court.

The gang operated a number of companies in trading in mobile phones in the Preston area. They submitted fraudulent VAT claims to reclaim millions of pounds in VAT paid by them on the purchase of large quantities of stock. They then transferred their criminal proceeds out of the UK to Dubai in an effort to conceal their illegal activities.

Source:COI News Distribution Service

[caption id="attachment_1448" align="alignleft" width="120" caption="Adam Umerji"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_1449" alig…

Preston VAT cheats sentenced to 34 years

Image
Two men from Preston, who absconded to Dubai, have been sentenced in their absence to 34 years in jail for their part in a £56.5 million ‘missing trader’ VAT and money laundering fraud.


The two men, Adam Umerji, 33 and Addullah Yusaf Allad, 32 were originally charged in January 2009, but absconded before they stood trial. Three others involved in the fraud who pleaded guilty prior to trial were also jailed for 15 years at Liverpool Crown Court.

The gang operated a number of companies in trading in mobile phones in the Preston area. They submitted fraudulent VAT claims to reclaim millions of pounds in VAT paid by them on the purchase of large quantities of stock. They then transferred their criminal proceeds out of the UK to Dubai in an effort to conceal their illegal activities.

Source:COI News Distribution Service

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[caption id="attachment_1449" alig…

Embassies in Egypt on Alert

Hours after protesters stormed the Israeli Embassy in Cairo, Egypt has vowed to protect all of its embassies and evacuate diplomats working within them .

Months after its new Government has taken power,  the interim military government said protesters involved in the attack on the Israeli Embassy would be on alert after the attack, so far three people have died as security forces fought rioters in Cairo.

Anti-Israeli feeling rose after violence on the Gaza border last month. Five Egyptian policemen were killed as Israeli forces pursued Palestinian militants. The clashes at the Israeli embassy, which went on through Friday night, have shocked people both in Egypt and abroad.
A report on Russian News confirms the most recent information at time of writing:




Embassies in Egypt on Alert

Hours after protesters stormed the Israeli Embassy in Cairo, Egypt has vowed to protect all of its embassies and evacuate diplomats working within them .

Months after its new Government has taken power,  the interim military government said protesters involved in the attack on the Israeli Embassy would be on alert after the attack, so far three people have died as security forces fought rioters in Cairo.

Anti-Israeli feeling rose after violence on the Gaza border last month. Five Egyptian policemen were killed as Israeli forces pursued Palestinian militants. The clashes at the Israeli embassy, which went on through Friday night, have shocked people both in Egypt and abroad.
A report on Russian News confirms the most recent information at time of writing:




Embassies in Egypt on Alert

Hours after protesters stormed the Israeli Embassy in Cairo, Egypt has vowed to protect all of its embassies and evacuate diplomats working within them .

Months after its new Government has taken power,  the interim military government said protesters involved in the attack on the Israeli Embassy would be on alert after the attack, so far three people have died as security forces fought rioters in Cairo.

Anti-Israeli feeling rose after violence on the Gaza border last month. Five Egyptian policemen were killed as Israeli forces pursued Palestinian militants. The clashes at the Israeli embassy, which went on through Friday night, have shocked people both in Egypt and abroad.
A report on Russian News confirms the most recent information at time of writing:




Obama 9/11 Address to US

"Coming together as one Nation to remember"
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Robot Wars

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Two students from Cornell University recently paired up to 'artificial intelligence' to hold a conversation with each other and the results are truly interesting.

Within a short time the the AI conversation from the two on-line "chatbots",  named Alan and Sruthi turned argumentative. The reason for this the students explained is that the AI program has been around  since 1997,  and used previously in situations with humans 'talking' with the program - therefore arguments as to the credibility of the 'other person'  (in reality the AI program) was learned by the program as the humans questioned the other person and the program learns to defend it's credibility.

As you can see random distraction answers have also been learned by the program - such as 'I am not a robot, I am a Unicorn'.

Interestingly when one of the "chat box" AI asks the other "do you believe in God?", the other replies rather calmly "Yes I do."

Jas…

Robot Wars

Image
Two students from Cornell University recently paired up to 'artificial intelligence' to hold a conversation with each other and the results are truly interesting.

Within a short time the the AI conversation from the two on-line "chatbots",  named Alan and Sruthi turned argumentative. The reason for this the students explained is that the AI program has been around  since 1997,  and used previously in situations with humans 'talking' with the program - therefore arguments as to the credibility of the 'other person'  (in reality the AI program) was learned by the program as the humans questioned the other person and the program learns to defend it's credibility.

As you can see random distraction answers have also been learned by the program - such as 'I am not a robot, I am a Unicorn'.

Interestingly when one of the "chat box" AI asks the other "do you believe in God?", the other replies rather calmly "Yes I do."

Jas…

Robot Wars

Image
Two students from Cornell University recently paired up to 'artificial intelligence' to hold a conversation with each other and the results are truly interesting.

Within a short time the the AI conversation from the two on-line "chatbots",  named Alan and Sruthi turned argumentative. The reason for this the students explained is that the AI program has been around  since 1997,  and used previously in situations with humans 'talking' with the program - therefore arguments as to the credibility of the 'other person'  (in reality the AI program) was learned by the program as the humans questioned the other person and the program learns to defend it's credibility.

As you can see random distraction answers have also been learned by the program - such as 'I am not a robot, I am a Unicorn'.

Interestingly when one of the "chat box" AI asks the other "do you believe in God?", the other replies rather calmly "Yes I do."

Jas…

September 11 - 10th Anniversary Terrorist Threat

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Recent intelligence obtained on Wednesday, and it is believed to have originated from the tribal areas of Pakistan, advised the United States of a plan to set off car or truck bombs in Washington or New York around the time of the 9/11 anniversary. Information about the attacks came from NBC this week.

The information indicated that three people would travel to the U.S. from Pakistan to carry out an attack, they said. However, the information included very little else in the way of specifics — in terms of timing or target.

Law enforcement officials were being alerted to be on the lookout for three men "of Middle Eastern descent" and potentially traveling in a van, they said. While the information had some specificity and the source has been credible in the past, it's uncorroborated, officials warned.

New Yorks mayor Michael Bloomberg has said that the commemorations will go ahead as planned but under heightened police presence due to the warnings of a threat.




September 11 - 10th Anniversary Terrorist Threat

Image
Recent intelligence obtained on Wednesday, and it is believed to have originated from the tribal areas of Pakistan, advised the United States of a plan to set off car or truck bombs in Washington or New York around the time of the 9/11 anniversary. Information about the attacks came from NBC this week.

The information indicated that three people would travel to the U.S. from Pakistan to carry out an attack, they said. However, the information included very little else in the way of specifics — in terms of timing or target.

Law enforcement officials were being alerted to be on the lookout for three men "of Middle Eastern descent" and potentially traveling in a van, they said. While the information had some specificity and the source has been credible in the past, it's uncorroborated, officials warned.

New Yorks mayor Michael Bloomberg has said that the commemorations will go ahead as planned but under heightened police presence due to the warnings of a threat.




September 11 - 10th Anniversary Terrorist Threat

Image
Recent intelligence obtained on Wednesday, and it is believed to have originated from the tribal areas of Pakistan, advised the United States of a plan to set off car or truck bombs in Washington or New York around the time of the 9/11 anniversary. Information about the attacks came from NBC this week.

The information indicated that three people would travel to the U.S. from Pakistan to carry out an attack, they said. However, the information included very little else in the way of specifics — in terms of timing or target.

Law enforcement officials were being alerted to be on the lookout for three men "of Middle Eastern descent" and potentially traveling in a van, they said. While the information had some specificity and the source has been credible in the past, it's uncorroborated, officials warned.

New Yorks mayor Michael Bloomberg has said that the commemorations will go ahead as planned but under heightened police presence due to the warnings of a threat.




Michael Gove calls for the “ratchet” in favour of teachers

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In response to the recent riots in England, Michael Gove, the education secretary, is bringing corporal punishmentback to British schools. The use of force and other harsh penalties is now allowed by the British government.

Yes, you read that correctly — according to Gove, the use of physical force will teach those rioters a lesson, and a care2 author wonders whether he has “thought of asking any of the offenders why they were rioting and considered how that might relate to the classroom?”

For more information please go to :

http://www.care2.com/causes/2863190.html# ixzz1XMMduRy5

Michael Gove calls for the “ratchet” in favour of teachers

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In response to the recent riots in England, Michael Gove, the education secretary, is bringing corporal punishmentback to British schools. The use of force and other harsh penalties is now allowed by the British government.

Yes, you read that correctly — according to Gove, the use of physical force will teach those rioters a lesson, and a care2 author wonders whether he has “thought of asking any of the offenders why they were rioting and considered how that might relate to the classroom?”

For more information please go to :

http://www.care2.com/causes/2863190.html# ixzz1XMMduRy5

Michael Gove calls for the “ratchet” in favour of teachers

Image
In response to the recent riots in England, Michael Gove, the education secretary, is bringing corporal punishmentback to British schools. The use of force and other harsh penalties is now allowed by the British government.

Yes, you read that correctly — according to Gove, the use of physical force will teach those rioters a lesson, and a care2 author wonders whether he has “thought of asking any of the offenders why they were rioting and considered how that might relate to the classroom?”

For more information please go to :

http://www.care2.com/causes/2863190.html# ixzz1XMMduRy5

SOCA call on Nominet for domain blocking

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Police can request a domain be blocked without a court order, if new proposals are adopted
Nominet, the registrar that handles .uk domains, is moving ahead with proposed rules (PDF) that could allow law enforcement agencies to request a domain be shut down without a court order.
The registrar launched the process in response to a request from the Serious and Organised Crime Agency (SOCA). Currently Nominet’s rules don’t allow for domains to be shut down for criminal reasons, though in the past it has blocked domains at the request of law enforcement agencies on the pretext that they provided false contact details.

Limited application

Suspension of a domain will not require a court order but should be limited to circumstances where necessary “to prevent serious and immediate consumer harm”, according to Nominet.

The draft proposal would establish a process under which law enforcement agencies would request a domain be blocked in cases where “suspension is proportionate, necessary, and urgen…

SOCA call on Nominet for domain blocking

Image
Police can request a domain be blocked without a court order, if new proposals are adopted
Nominet, the registrar that handles .uk domains, is moving ahead with proposed rules (PDF) that could allow law enforcement agencies to request a domain be shut down without a court order.
The registrar launched the process in response to a request from the Serious and Organised Crime Agency (SOCA). Currently Nominet’s rules don’t allow for domains to be shut down for criminal reasons, though in the past it has blocked domains at the request of law enforcement agencies on the pretext that they provided false contact details.

Limited application

Suspension of a domain will not require a court order but should be limited to circumstances where necessary “to prevent serious and immediate consumer harm”, according to Nominet.

The draft proposal would establish a process under which law enforcement agencies would request a domain be blocked in cases where “suspension is proportionate, necessary, and urgen…

SOCA call on Nominet for domain blocking

Image
Police can request a domain be blocked without a court order, if new proposals are adopted
Nominet, the registrar that handles .uk domains, is moving ahead with proposed rules (PDF) that could allow law enforcement agencies to request a domain be shut down without a court order.
The registrar launched the process in response to a request from the Serious and Organised Crime Agency (SOCA). Currently Nominet’s rules don’t allow for domains to be shut down for criminal reasons, though in the past it has blocked domains at the request of law enforcement agencies on the pretext that they provided false contact details.

Limited application

Suspension of a domain will not require a court order but should be limited to circumstances where necessary “to prevent serious and immediate consumer harm”, according to Nominet.

The draft proposal would establish a process under which law enforcement agencies would request a domain be blocked in cases where “suspension is proportionate, necessary, and urgen…

Recording Casualties of War

Oxford Research Group (ORG) are inviting members of the public to the launch of a new initiative, "The Charter for the Recognition of Every Casualty of Armed Violence" on Thursday, 15 September 2011, at the British Academy in London, 9.30 - 11.30 am.

The Charter contains a set of three core demands on states to ensure that every person killed by armed violence is:

 promptly recorded,
  correctly identified, and
 publicly acknowledged.

The Charter is the first to set out for the international community clear casualty-recording requirements that are grounded in international law. Such recording is vital, because it enables every individual's death to be recognised in the interest of truth, justice, accountability, and greater public awareness of human losses.

For more information visit: http://www.oxfordresearchgroup.org.uk/news/charter_launch

Recording Casualties of War

Oxford Research Group (ORG) are inviting members of the public to the launch of a new initiative, "The Charter for the Recognition of Every Casualty of Armed Violence" on Thursday, 15 September 2011, at the British Academy in London, 9.30 - 11.30 am.

The Charter contains a set of three core demands on states to ensure that every person killed by armed violence is:

 promptly recorded,
  correctly identified, and
 publicly acknowledged.

The Charter is the first to set out for the international community clear casualty-recording requirements that are grounded in international law. Such recording is vital, because it enables every individual's death to be recognised in the interest of truth, justice, accountability, and greater public awareness of human losses.

For more information visit: http://www.oxfordresearchgroup.org.uk/news/charter_launch

Recording Casualties of War

Oxford Research Group (ORG) are inviting members of the public to the launch of a new initiative, "The Charter for the Recognition of Every Casualty of Armed Violence" on Thursday, 15 September 2011, at the British Academy in London, 9.30 - 11.30 am.

The Charter contains a set of three core demands on states to ensure that every person killed by armed violence is:

 promptly recorded,
  correctly identified, and
 publicly acknowledged.

The Charter is the first to set out for the international community clear casualty-recording requirements that are grounded in international law. Such recording is vital, because it enables every individual's death to be recognised in the interest of truth, justice, accountability, and greater public awareness of human losses.

For more information visit: http://www.oxfordresearchgroup.org.uk/news/charter_launch

Oxford Research Group report - 9/11 10 yrs on

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9/11 and the Paths not Taken – New Report Offers Fresh Appraisal on the Eve of the Ten-year Anniversary of the Attacks

London, 6 September 2011. The ten-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks presents a crucial opportunity to reflect on the catastrophic mistakes of the last decade of the ‘war on terror’, argues a new report from the respected British think tank, Oxford Research Group.

The report, A War Gone Badly Wrong - The War on Terror Ten Years On, assesses the consequences of the response from the United States and its coalition partners. It questions whether the response was either appropriate or wise and whether the results so far have been counterproductive – and may even indicate the need for an entirely new security paradigm.

Credit Source & Further reading: ORG

Oxford Research Group report - 9/11 10 yrs on

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9/11 and the Paths not Taken – New Report Offers Fresh Appraisal on the Eve of the Ten-year Anniversary of the Attacks

London, 6 September 2011. The ten-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks presents a crucial opportunity to reflect on the catastrophic mistakes of the last decade of the ‘war on terror’, argues a new report from the respected British think tank, Oxford Research Group.

The report, A War Gone Badly Wrong - The War on Terror Ten Years On, assesses the consequences of the response from the United States and its coalition partners. It questions whether the response was either appropriate or wise and whether the results so far have been counterproductive – and may even indicate the need for an entirely new security paradigm.

Credit Source & Further reading: ORG

Oxford Research Group report - 9/11 10 yrs on

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9/11 and the Paths not Taken – New Report Offers Fresh Appraisal on the Eve of the Ten-year Anniversary of the Attacks

London, 6 September 2011. The ten-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks presents a crucial opportunity to reflect on the catastrophic mistakes of the last decade of the ‘war on terror’, argues a new report from the respected British think tank, Oxford Research Group.

The report, A War Gone Badly Wrong - The War on Terror Ten Years On, assesses the consequences of the response from the United States and its coalition partners. It questions whether the response was either appropriate or wise and whether the results so far have been counterproductive – and may even indicate the need for an entirely new security paradigm.

Credit Source & Further reading: ORG

German Cow is Free at Last!

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Yvonne the cow that escaped from a farm in Bavaria in May has been caught and thankfully the cow that stole the hearts of the German people in her fight for animal liberation is now at Gut Aiderbichl animal sanctuary where activists originally paid €600 to prevent her slaughter.

Although initially there was a €10,000 reward placed on her capture where she managed three months on the run before a farmer reported seeing her on his land.

Konrad Gutmann, 46, claimed the €10,000 reward by the German tabloid Bild - after seeing what he thought was a lonely animal wandering towars his land to befriend his cows."It was just luck really. I was out taking a tour of my electric fence with my daughter Melanie at about 6pm when I saw Yvonne on the other side staring at the young cows. ". In  an interview with the Daily Mail he describes how after initially "She was very nervous,'   he herded her to his field.

The animal sanctuary that now owns Yvonne confirmed that the cow had been…

German Cow is Free at Last!

Image
Yvonne the cow that escaped from a farm in Bavaria in May has been caught and thankfully the cow that stole the hearts of the German people in her fight for animal liberation is now at Gut Aiderbichl animal sanctuary where activists originally paid €600 to prevent her slaughter.

Although initially there was a €10,000 reward placed on her capture where she managed three months on the run before a farmer reported seeing her on his land.

Konrad Gutmann, 46, claimed the €10,000 reward by the German tabloid Bild - after seeing what he thought was a lonely animal wandering towars his land to befriend his cows."It was just luck really. I was out taking a tour of my electric fence with my daughter Melanie at about 6pm when I saw Yvonne on the other side staring at the young cows. ". In  an interview with the Daily Mail he describes how after initially "She was very nervous,'   he herded her to his field.

The animal sanctuary that now owns Yvonne confirmed that the cow had been…

German Cow is Free at Last!

Image
Yvonne the cow that escaped from a farm in Bavaria in May has been caught and thankfully the cow that stole the hearts of the German people in her fight for animal liberation is now at Gut Aiderbichl animal sanctuary where activists originally paid €600 to prevent her slaughter.

Although initially there was a €10,000 reward placed on her capture where she managed three months on the run before a farmer reported seeing her on his land.

Konrad Gutmann, 46, claimed the €10,000 reward by the German tabloid Bild - after seeing what he thought was a lonely animal wandering towars his land to befriend his cows."It was just luck really. I was out taking a tour of my electric fence with my daughter Melanie at about 6pm when I saw Yvonne on the other side staring at the young cows. ". In  an interview with the Daily Mail he describes how after initially "She was very nervous,'   he herded her to his field.

The animal sanctuary that now owns Yvonne confirmed that the cow had been…

UN calls for suspension on Dale Farm eviction

On Friday a UN committee called on the government to suspend the "immature and unwise" eviction, saying it would "disproportionately affect the lives of the Gypsy and Traveller families, particularly women, children and older people".

The camp has also received support from Franciscan monks, who last week blessed the site, as well as Anglican and Catholic bishops.

Rabbi Janet Burden said: "People may not be aware that the Travellers, along with the Gypsies and a limited number of other groups with similar lifestyle patterns, are officially recognised as ethnic minorities, just like our own Jewish community. As such, they deserve protection under European human rights law."

Burden compared the "vilification" of Travellers to the discrimination Jews faced in the first half of the 20th century.

Members of the Jewish community were due to visit Dale Farm Travellers' camp on Sunday to offer their support to 400 people facing eviction from the green b…

UN calls for suspension on Dale Farm eviction

On Friday a UN committee called on the government to suspend the "immature and unwise" eviction, saying it would "disproportionately affect the lives of the Gypsy and Traveller families, particularly women, children and older people".

The camp has also received support from Franciscan monks, who last week blessed the site, as well as Anglican and Catholic bishops.

Rabbi Janet Burden said: "People may not be aware that the Travellers, along with the Gypsies and a limited number of other groups with similar lifestyle patterns, are officially recognised as ethnic minorities, just like our own Jewish community. As such, they deserve protection under European human rights law."

Burden compared the "vilification" of Travellers to the discrimination Jews faced in the first half of the 20th century.

Members of the Jewish community were due to visit Dale Farm Travellers' camp on Sunday to offer their support to 400 people facing eviction from the green b…

UN calls for suspension on Dale Farm eviction

On Friday a UN committee called on the government to suspend the "immature and unwise" eviction, saying it would "disproportionately affect the lives of the Gypsy and Traveller families, particularly women, children and older people".

The camp has also received support from Franciscan monks, who last week blessed the site, as well as Anglican and Catholic bishops.

Rabbi Janet Burden said: "People may not be aware that the Travellers, along with the Gypsies and a limited number of other groups with similar lifestyle patterns, are officially recognised as ethnic minorities, just like our own Jewish community. As such, they deserve protection under European human rights law."

Burden compared the "vilification" of Travellers to the discrimination Jews faced in the first half of the 20th century.

Members of the Jewish community were due to visit Dale Farm Travellers' camp on Sunday to offer their support to 400 people facing eviction from the green b…

Rochdale's Housing Debt Problem

Simon Danziuk MP for Rochdale states on his newsletter this week: 'A report published by the housing charity Shelter has named Rochdale as a national hotspot for home repossessions. With hundreds of families having lost their home in Rochdale last year, the Government's VAT increase, public service cuts and cuts to the Citizens’ Advice Bureau has left many struggling to meet mortgage payments and without access to good debt advice. I fear that a future rise in interest rates will make it even harder for families to keep up with their mortgage payments and could lead to the repossessions crisis deepening.'

MP Simon Danczuk is calling for the Bank of England to delay interest rate rises to help struggling
families. He said: "People are already struggling with high inflation and wage freezes so we don’twant to
see an increase in interest rates making it even harder for families to keep up with mortgage payments.
"This is a difficult time and low interest rates are keepi…

Rochdale's Housing Debt Problem

Simon Danziuk MP for Rochdale states on his newsletter this week: 'A report published by the housing charity Shelter has named Rochdale as a national hotspot for home repossessions. With hundreds of families having lost their home in Rochdale last year, the Government's VAT increase, public service cuts and cuts to the Citizens’ Advice Bureau has left many struggling to meet mortgage payments and without access to good debt advice. I fear that a future rise in interest rates will make it even harder for families to keep up with their mortgage payments and could lead to the repossessions crisis deepening.'

MP Simon Danczuk is calling for the Bank of England to delay interest rate rises to help struggling
families. He said: "People are already struggling with high inflation and wage freezes so we don’twant to
see an increase in interest rates making it even harder for families to keep up with mortgage payments.
"This is a difficult time and low interest rates are keepi…

Rochdale's Housing Debt Problem

Simon Danziuk MP for Rochdale states on his newsletter this week: 'A report published by the housing charity Shelter has named Rochdale as a national hotspot for home repossessions. With hundreds of families having lost their home in Rochdale last year, the Government's VAT increase, public service cuts and cuts to the Citizens’ Advice Bureau has left many struggling to meet mortgage payments and without access to good debt advice. I fear that a future rise in interest rates will make it even harder for families to keep up with their mortgage payments and could lead to the repossessions crisis deepening.'

MP Simon Danczuk is calling for the Bank of England to delay interest rate rises to help struggling
families. He said: "People are already struggling with high inflation and wage freezes so we don’twant to
see an increase in interest rates making it even harder for families to keep up with mortgage payments.
"This is a difficult time and low interest rates are keepi…