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Sunday, 27 February 2011

Libya rescue: William Hague says Gaddafi 'must go'

Tony Blair had kept the government informed about telephone conversations he had had with the Libyan leader over recent days.

The foreign secretary said the UK was 'working intensively' to establish how many Britons remained in Libya and said the Foreign Office 'continued to urge British nationals to leave' the country."

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Thursday, 24 February 2011

Abbotsford police drive home message about gangs in Hummer

HummerAbbotsford police drive home message about gangs in Hummer: "What was once used for drug trafficking has become the latest beacon of the Abbotsford Police's battle against gangs in the city.

At a press conference Wednesday the APD unveiled its new cruiser - an H2 Hummer - that will make its rounds, spreading the message that gangs are not welcomed in Abbotsford as part of Operation Reclamation.

A man who was convicted of drug trafficking and weapons possession once used the vehicle, however it was surrendered under BC's Civil Forfeiture Act and given to the APD to use as a motorized billboard for fighting organized crime.

The hummer won't be used as a regular police cruiser, but it will be driven to schools and put on display at Abbotsford Heat games for students and the general public to view."

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Gangs threaten paramedics in Mexican border city

PARAMEDIC NAVY BLUE HAT CAP LAW ENFORCEMENT HATSGangs threaten paramedics in Mexican border city  " Private paramedics in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico's murder capital, are being threatened with death by drug traffickers, who have prohibited them from taking people with gunshot wounds to neighboring El Paso, Texas, hospital officials told Efe.

An average of five people a day sustain gunshot wounds in the border city and the majority of them ask to be taken to El Paso, which is just across the Rio Grande, for security reasons.

Gunmen have sometimes chased ambulances or entered hospitals in Juarez to finish off people who survived shootings.

The paramedics, many of whom are volunteers, began receiving death threats last year via the Life 1 radio frequency used by first responders and the threatening messages have been 'constant' since then, emergency services coordinator Juan Arras told Efe."

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List names 'Costa del Crime' wanted

List names 'Costa del Crime' wanted: "Anthony Fraser, grandson of former violent East End gangland enforcer 'mad' Frankie Fraser, and son of a convicted drug smuggler. The 39-year-old Londoner is wanted over the importation of two tonnes of cannabis - worth £5 million - hidden in a lorry load of frozen chicken from Holland in 2009.
Others included Glaswegian William Paterson, 31, wanted over the murder of gangster Kevin 'Gerbil' Carroll in January last year. Criminal Carroll, dubbed Scotland's 'public enemy number one', was blasted 10 times by masked gunmen outside an Asda superstore in Robroyston, near Glasgow.
Darren O'Flaherty, 36, of Liverpool, is wanted after a lorry driver was held at knifepoint while his load of electronics was stolen in North Yorkshire in 2006. The fugitive is also the prime suspect for the murder of Irishman John O'Neill, who was shot dead in a crowded bar in the Spanish resort of Benalmadena last summer.
Details of all 10 men will be posted by Crimestoppers on a 'most wanted' website targeting the region. Several Spanish coastal resorts have been dubbed the 'Costa del Crime' since the 1970s because hundreds of wanted British criminals are thought to have fled there."

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Saturday, 19 February 2011

Bruno Mars gets probation in Vegas cocaine case

Nothin' On You [Feat. Bruno Mars] (Album Version)Bruno Mars gets probation in Vegas cocaine case - Yahoo! News: "Bruno Mars had two firsts this week. One was winning a Grammy. The other came Wednesday when the 25-year-old singer-songwriter pleaded guilty to cocaine possession.
Unlike the award for his hit, 'Just The Way You Are,' his brush with the law in Las Vegas may not last forever.
Mars will avoid prison and will have no conviction on his record if he stays out of trouble for a year and meets other conditions of his plea deal.
Clark County District Judge Jessie Walsh made sure Mars understood that he could face up to four years in state prison if he violates the terms of the agreement.
'You understand the penalty range?' she asked.
'Four years,' Mars replied, standing in a dark suit with his hands at his sides.
The judge gave Mars, whose real name is Peter Gene Hernandez, probation, a $2,000 fine, 200 hours of community service at a nonprofit organization and eight hours with a drug counselor in Los Angeles."

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Police warn Katie Price about hostage plot | Unreality TV

Jordan: Pushed to the LimitPolice warn Katie Price about hostage plot | Unreality TV: "Police have reportedly warned Katie Price that she may be targeted by a violent gang.

The officials are said to have received information that the criminals are planning a raid on Jordan’s home, in which they hold her hostage while they ransack and rob her property. The gang have already acted upon Steven Gerrard’s wife Alex Curran and the fiancee of Manchester United ace Darren Fletcher.

A source close to police told The Sun:

“Police got specific intelligence information that they were going to target her.



“That is one of the reasons she has had to ramp up her security."

Infinity Chilli- 'Record-breaking' chilli is hot news

BBC News - 'Record-breaking' chilli is hot news: "Tests have revealed the 'Infinity Chilli' to have a Scoville Scale Rating of 1,176,182 - hotter than chilli reportedly used in hand grenades by the Indian military. But what is the attraction of this insanely hot ingredient?

The story of the world's hottest chilli begins not in Mexico or Bangladesh, but next to the barbed wire at RAF Cottesmore in Leicestershire.

Nick Woods, working shifts as an RAF security guard and considering his growing family, decided he had to do something more entrepreneurial with his life.

That was five years ago. What was Nick's hobby - cooking up hot sauces in his kitchen - developed into his Fire Foods sauce business, and now the 38-year-old Grantham man finds himself literally in possession of hot property.

Like many great discoveries Nick says he developed the Infinity Chilli accidentally."

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Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Biba reminds brokers of new motor law

Biba reminds brokers of new motor law - Postonline: "The DVLA in conjunction with the Motor Insurers' Bureau and the British Insurance Brokers’ Association is reminding drivers that a new law to be rolled out in late spring will mean that they must keep their vehicle insured unless they have notified the DVLA that is it is being kept off the road.
Information about the new law is being distributed with all V11 tax renewal forms from March in addition to the guidance and video available now on Direct.gov.
David Evans, DVLA’s corporate affairs director, said: “We know that uninsured drivers are a menace on our roads and add around £30 to honest motorists’ premiums."

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Joanna Lumley joins legal aid campaign

JOANNA LUMLEY 8X10 PHOTOJoanna Lumley joins legal aid campaign - Telegraph: "The actress, who famously won better rights for Gurkhas to settle in the UK, has joined lawyers across the country to attack proposals to slash funds for those fighting civil court cases.
Kenneth Clarke, the Justice Secretary, has proposed civil legal aid should only be routinely available to those who face losing their life, liberty or home under the biggest shake-up of the system in its 50-year history.
People fighting a wide range of legal battles — from warring families and school disputes to clinical negligence and personal injury — will be denied access to public funds under the plans.
The reforms are designed to cut the £2.1 billion legal aid bill by £350 million within four years and by more than £400 million within a decade.
But the Law Society warns the move is 'ill-conceived and unfair' and will leave half a million people a year with the prospect of fighting battles without legal representation."

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Scotland’s biggest force has sacked three officers and a civilian member of staff for sharing sensitive information with criminals.

Verbal and Numerical Reasoning Exercises for the Police Recruit Assessment ProcessCLOSER vetting of potential police recruits is being demanded after it was revealed Scotland’s biggest force has sacked three officers and a civilian member of staff for sharing sensitive information with criminals.

Strathclyde’s Deputy Chief Constable, Neil Richardson, has revealed 27 of the region’s 199 known criminal gangs have invested time and money trying to infiltrate the police force.

The revelation has brought calls for the reintroduction of visits to the homes of new recruits. They used to help filter out unsuitable candidates but were axed before an SNP-led recruitment drive which resulted in 1000 new officers being taken on across Scotland in 2008/09.

Threats, sex, money, drugs and blackmail are among tactics used by criminals to either “turn” officers, forcing them to becoome informers for gangsters, or to coerce them into passing on sensitive information from the Scottish Intelligence Database and other sources."

Thursday, 3 February 2011

Smartphones to run operators into the red

 Smartphones to run operators into the red: "Rocketing smartphone use could drive mobile operators into losses in three years unless they rapidly adopt technology to capture more revenue from data services, according to a US network company.
Rising investment costs to handle exploding data traffic combined with lower revenue per unit of data could begin to drive some operators into the red in as soon as two years, Tellabs said it calculated based on independent analyst data.
'Carriers can spend themselves bankrupt well before users run out of hunger for capacity,' said Tellabs chief executive Rob Pullen.
'Our study shows that simply adding dumb capacity is unsustainable. To avoid the 'end of profit', carriers must bring intelligence to their networks -- it is critical to carrier survival,' he was quoted as saying in a statement.
A number of industry players expect mobile data traffic, driven mostly by smartphones, to nearly double each year for the next several years."

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A COMPUTER hacker from Paignton has admitted stealing $12million worth of poker chips from an American gaming company.

A COMPUTER hacker from Paignton has admitted stealing $12million worth of poker chips from an American gaming company.: "COMPUTER hacker from Paignton has admitted stealing $12million worth of poker chips from an American gaming company.

Ashley Mitchell, 29, of Little Park Road, Paignton, admitted accessing the system belonging to the Zynga Corporation and stealing 400 billion chips.

He then sold some of the virtual chips on the black market for £53,000.

The IT businessman appeared at Exeter Crown Court yesterday and admitted five counts relating to the hacking together with 41 other offences which he asked to be taken into consideration."

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