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UK tabloid Daily Star pays libel damages to Ozzy Osbourne

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Ozzy Osbourne

The Daily Star, a tabloid newspaper in the United Kingdom, has paid an undisclosed amount of libel damages to Ozzy Osbourne stemming from an inaccurate representation of his appearance at the Brit Awards.

Osbourne, famous for both his solo rock career and fronting the heavy metal band Black Sabbath, was hosting the show alongside wife Sharon and children Jack and Kelly. In an ensuing Star article titled “Ozzy Freak Show”, the 59-year old was portrayed as suffering from health problems that rendered his ability to host the show questionable.

The article claimed that he had collapsed twice before the show began, prompting the show’s organisers to enter emergency talks debating whether Osbourne was fit to continue as planned or instead should be withdrawn and hospitalised. It also reported that the singer had used an electric buggy to move around behind the scenes and had been designated a place to sit in case he felt tired. All of these allegations were found to be false.

At the settlement in London’s High Court, at which the Osbournes were not present, Kate Wilson, representing Express Newspapers, apologised for the article and accepted that it should never have been published. Express Newspapers owns the Daily Star.

Osbourne says that the money will go to his wife’s charity, the Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Program.

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Influence Of The Financial Crisis On The Property And Lettings Market

Influence Of The Financial Crisis On The Property And Lettings Market


Mike Gattley

The current lettings market has seen a drastic increase in the amount of persons renting. A key factors behind this will be an increased unemployment percentage and more people these days unable to obtain loans.

Resulting from this development, rents in Great Britain increased though with fairly unfavorable effects for property owners and tenants alike. Property managers are reporting how a large portion of their renters cannot pay rent in time anymore. The economic crisis means more and more people happen to be without work struggling, and improvement not to be likely in the near future.


A number of tenants looking to re-negotiate their rent with their landlord and have a rental reduction, haggling about rental prices happens to be common place in the North East of Great Britain and the South West of the country.

Everywhere in the UK, folks find it difficult to pay their rent on account of those trends on the lettings market. The increasing number of missed rental payments will mean that property owners quite often are unable to pay their home loans anymore. Rather than benefiting the property managers, the increased and subsequently failed rents result in properties being lost with the renter being required to move out.

At present not only are landlords requesting references for renters but a percentage of tenants tend to be requesting references and background checks on property managers. The Association of Letting Agents recommends anybody planning to rent a home or let one out to consult a professional licenced letting adviser to help check the possible search as well as financial assessments that can be done.

The situation varies throughout the country. The more rental returns happen to be causing a few buy to let and investor landlords back to the troubled property market. It will be hoped that a modest improvement in to choose from letting property will balance ever increasing rents. Having said that, a recent survey indicates that as it continues to be incredibly hard to get on the property ladder in Great Britain, increasing numbers of people will be turning to renting which means that there is a considerable lack of letting properties.

One of the implications that property owners happen to be having difficulties as well is actually that costs will be cut wherever achievable, for example in regards to the management of their lettings.

Even though letting agents are receiving an increasing number of enquiries from people trying to find rentals, only about 80% of these applicants end up possible tenants after all check ups have been completed, clearly we have a growing worry regarding suited tenants with many renters having a bad credit score ratings and insufficient money for rents. In addition, housing benefits in the United Kingdom may not be always made use of as intended, renters tend to be making use of the benefits for many other things, because of this they cannot pay rent with the landlord and tenant ultimately both being affected by this.

A residential landlord for over 12 years with a large portfolio. Mike started a letting agency believing there must be a better way to find tenants. Mike loves to hear feedback, good or bad so you can always ask for him by name.

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Iran’s morality police crack down on un-Islamic dress

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

The Iranian police forces have faced criticism from Ayatollah Hashemi Shahrudi, the head of the judiciary who was appointed by Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, for their re-invigorated campaign to do away with un-Islamic dress.

Ayatollah Shahroudi proclaimed, “Tough measures on social problems will backfire and have counter-productive effects.” Others have, of course, made it clear that un-Islamic dress can lead to moral corruption, engender innumerable vices, and hurt the Islamic character of the nation.

Some believe that no one had any issue with the creation of an Islamic atmosphere. The core of the matter revolves around the implementation of the Islamic dress code; additionally, heavy-handed measures should be shunned. For instance, Mehdi Ahmadi, information head of Tehran’s police, told Al Jazeera: “Some citizens may complain about the way the law is being enforced but they all agree with the plan itself.”

According to one student, “You simply can’t tell people what to wear. They don’t understand that use of force only brings hatred towards them, not love.” Nevertheless, Hojatoll-Islam Mostafa Pour-Mohammadi, Iran’s interior minister who is in charge of policing, prognosticated positive feedback from the populace when he said, “People are unhappy with the social and moral status of the society. They expect that the fight against social insecurity be properly implemented.” Thus, Hujjat al-Islam Pour-Mohammadi re-iterated the necessity of proper implementation and methodology towards the restoration of morality in the Islamic Republic. Islamic officials and religious people affirm that this is indispensable to promote righteousness, curb sin, and bring open sinners to justice.

Following the Islamic Revolution in 1979, hijab became mandatory in Iran for every woman including foreigners after over 98% of citizens voted for an Islamic government. Women may face caning up to 74 strokes for failing to observe hijab. In this recent crackdown, the authorities have arrested many citizens throughout the country. Not only have women been taken into custody for their hair being uncovered on their foreheads and tight clothes that show body shapes, For men they need to cover from knee to their waist as according to Sharia. Even a foreign journalist was detained because the photograph on her press card was indecent.

It has not been clear whence the directive for the re-newed clampdown emanated. Some have blamed Mahmoud Ahmadinejad while Gholam Hossein Elham, the government spokesman, stated to reporters, “The police work as agents of the judiciary to confront crimes. The government as an executive body does not interfere in the affairs of the judiciary.” The following pre-election speech seems to corroborate this latter statement:

In reality, is the problem of our people the shape of the hair of our children? Let our children arrange their hair any way they wish. It doesn’t concern me and you. Let you and me overhaul the basic problems of the nation. The government should fix the economy of the nation and improve its atmosphere…[It should] better psychological security and support the people. People have variegated tastes. As if now the arch obstacle of our nation is the arrangement of our kids’ hair and the government disallowing them <He chuckles>. Is this the government’s responsibility? Is this the people’s merit? In actuality, this is the denigration of our people. Why do you underestimate and belittle the people? It is the real issue of our nation that one of our daughters donned a certain dress? Is this the issue of our nation and the problem of our nation?
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Luis Soltren surrenders in 1968 hijacking of Pan Am 281

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Luis Armando Peña Soltren surrendered to United States law enforcement at 1:30 Sunday, at New York City‘s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK).

John F. Kennedy International Airport, aerial view (1994) Image: USGS.

Soltren had arrived on a flight from Havana, Cuba, where authorities say he has resided 41 years to avoid prosecution. Soltren is charged with air piracy and kidnapping, for allegedly participating in the November 24, 1968 hijacking of Pan Am Flight 281, which took off from JFK.

[Soltren] will finally face the American justice system that he has been evading for more than four decades.

According to the December 1968 indictment against him, by then-United States Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau, Soltren conspired in the hijacking with Jose Rafael Rios Cruz, Miguel Castro and Alejandro Figueroa. Soltren, Cruz, and Castro seized control of the flight, originally destined for Puerto Rico, using guns and knives they had smuggled in a diaper bag. They forced the pilot to land at Havana instead. Such hijackings were frequent at the time, with 30 successful or attempted diversions to Cuba in 1968.

Cruz and Castro pled guilty in the 1970’s, and received 15 and 12-year sentences, respectively. Figueroa was acquitted in 1969.

United States Attorney Preet Bharara announced that Soltren would “finally face the American justice system that he has been evading for more than four decades.” Soltren reportedly arranged his return because he wanted to visit his wife, who lives in either Florida or Puerto Rico. He is expected to be arraigned Tuesday.

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Plymouth Estates At Mt. Sinai Has Luxury Homes For Sale

Plymouth Estates at Mt. Sinai is an up and coming Gated Community located in Mt. Sinai on Long Island New York. The Community is conveniently located on the North Shore of Long Island near Port Jefferson Harbor. Residents can experience all the luxury of living within this private compound, which is monitored 24/7 by security, all the while being in close proximity to the beach, the harbor and all the other modern conveniences that suburbia has to offer in the Port Jefferson, Stony Brook area.

Plymouth Estates has all the amenities one could need. This Luxury Gated Community is perfect for seniors looking to retire as well as those in the 55 and over crowd who are looking to relocate and settle down. The amenities include a Recreation Center which has a fully appointed clubhouse, heated in ground pool, tennis courts and exercise facility. You can be sure that this is an active community as there are plenty of things to do, such as taking a stroll on one of the many scenic walking trails, gazing at one of the five ponds with fountain sprays or relaxing with neighbors in the gazebo. For all of you golf fanatics, a putting green is available for use as well, so you’ll be sure to keep your game extra sharp.


There are 6 Spacious and exciting one level Models to choose from. All of the Models are fully furnished with 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, a basement, garage and central air conditioning.

It’s time to enjoy your retirement; it’s time to savor these moments. That’s what Plymouth Estates is for. We’re here to grant you comfort, we’re here to allow you the luxury of living at it’s finest. Visit the Jewel in our Crown today, Plymouth Estates at Mt. Sinai and we promise you’ll be pleased beyond your expectations.

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Ontario Votes 2007: Interview with Family Coalition Party candidate Blaise Thompson, St. Paul’s

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Blaise Thompson in his riding.

Blaise Thompson is running for the Family Coalition Party in the Ontario provincial election, in the St. Paul’s riding. Wikinews’ Nick Moreau interviewed him regarding his values, his experience, and his campaign.

Stay tuned for further interviews; every candidate from every party is eligible, and will be contacted. Expect interviews from Liberals, Progressive Conservatives, New Democratic Party members, Ontario Greens, as well as members from the Family Coalition, Freedom, Communist, Libertarian, and Confederation of Regions parties, as well as independents.

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How To Effectively Promote Your Life Coaching Business

By Christina Cordle

If you want to become a business coach, among the things that you need to consider is how to promote your life coaching business effectively. There are so many ways that you can market your business and attract more clients but you have to make sure that the ones you employ are the ones that are the most effective. You need to consider several factors as well such as expenses, manpower, and time. The difficulty of promoting this type of business highly depends on the efficiency of the marketing approach that you use.

Choose a marketing method that does not require you to spend much money. As much as possible, choose one that is free. This is a big help especially if you are just starting out in this business. There are a lot of tools which are free yet very effective such as the use of top social media platforms. There are also blog services that you can utilize for free. Maximize using tools like these since you are not required to pay any amount and it is very effective in reaching out to millions of potential customers all over the globe. Come up with creative and educational content to make this work for you.

Identify and focus on your target audience. You may want to be a life coach for professionals, for teenagers, for parents, for men, or for everyone. It is important that you know what type of audience you want so that you can look for ways to market your business and attract them. Internet marketing would certainly appeal to young audiences but not so much for the older ones. If you target older clients, you may want to consider going back to older means of marketing such as giving out flyers, business cards, among others.


Another important thing to do in promoting your life coaching business is to set up a specific budget. This is important so that you can set a limit regarding the amount of money that you can afford to spend. Not setting up a budget might spell trouble since you could go broke. Work around with what you have and try to maximize every penny. As mentioned earlier in this article, there are a lot of effective tools you can utilize for free. If you have more room to work around in your budget, it also does not mean that you spend on anything without knowing if it is effective or not. Make necessary adjustments depending on the budget that you have.

Lastly, the most natural and effective way to promote your business is by providing high quality service to your current clients. Nothing beats promotion through ‘word of mouth’. Keep in mind that if your clients are happy, they would definitely recommend you to other potential clients. This is a type of promotion that requires no money and additional effort yet it is very powerful.

Following these very simple tips in promoting your life coaching business would give you a solid foundation in attracting more potential clients. As long as you are passionate in what you do and you work hard to get what you want, success is always very much achievable.

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Female lawyers to be granted court access in Saudi Arabia

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

A Saudi Arabian woman wearing traditional ?ij?b. Image: Walter Callens.

Female lawyers in Saudi Arabia may soon be granted limited court access for the first time. Mohammed al-Issa, the justice minister, said that the law was part of King Abdullah’s ongoing reform to Saudi Arabia’s judicial system. The law would allow female lawyers to represent other women at family-related cases, including marriage, divorce, and child custody.

Saudi women that are educated in law are currently permitted to work in the female section of government and court offices. Positions of higher authority are reserved for the opposite sex. The Saudi government is also building specialized “personal status” or family courts where female lawyers will be permitted to practice.

Women rights are strictly defined by Islamic Sharia law in Saudi Arabia. Employment and educational opportunities are dependent on a system of male guardianship. For example, a female under the age of 45 must gain the approval of a male before traveling.

According to the BBC, the law and other minor changes are steps in the direction of easing restrictions placed on Saudi women.

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Kent Hovind’s April 2007 appeal denied

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Kent Hovind‘s motion for acquittal was denied on Wednesday, April 18, 2007. Hovind, a Pensacola young Earth creationist and operator of Dinosaur Adventure Land, along with his wife, Jo Hovind, were found guilty in November 2006 on 58 federal counts of “willful failure” to payroll taxes, structuring bank withdrawals, and obstructing federal agents.

On January 19, 2007 Kent was sentenced to ten years in prison and ordered to pay US$640,000 in owed funds to the Internal Revenue Service, pay prosecution’s court costs of $7,078, and serve three years parole once released.

In his motion, Hovind had contended that under the rule in a case called United States v. Davenport the crime is not the individual withdrawals, but is instead the total transaction, also known as the “unit of the crime.” Thus, Hovind argued that in his case there was no “unit of the crime” “separate and distinct from the alleged act of withdrawing, and without such a separate amount to be structured [. . .] there could be no crime alleged, and no conviction on any charge in Counts 13 through 57.” The trial court rejected Hovind’s “unit of the crime” argument.

Had the judge ruled in Hovind’s favor his sentence would have reduced Hovind’s prison sentence from ten years to five years.

Jo Hovind sentencing was delayed pending the ruling on the motion. She will be sentenced soon though no date has been set.

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International participants showcase different industry cultures at 2008 Taipei Game Show

Friday, January 25, 2008

B2B Trade Area moved to 2nd floor this year. Image: Rico Shen.

B2B Trade Area of Taipei Game Show, criticized by trade buyers last year, but accompanied with 2008 Taiwan Digital Content Forum, moved to the second floor at Taipei World Trade Center for world-wide participants with a better exchange atmosphere this year.

Not only local OBMs (Softstar Entertainment, Soft-World International Corp., International Games System Corp., …, etc.) but also companies from New Zealand, Canada, Japan, Hong Kong, and South Korea showcased different specialists with multiple styles. Especially on South Korea, participated members from G? Trade Show (Game Show & Trade, All-Round, aka Gstar) showcased gaming industry of South Korea and the G? upcoming at this November with brochures.

Local participants showcased their excellences on brochures and posters. Image: Rico Shen.

In the 2-days Digital Content Forum, world-class experts not only shared industry experiences, members from Taiwan Gaming Industry Association also discussed and forecasted marketing models for gaming industry. With participations from governmental, industrial, and academical executives world-wide, this forum helps them gained precious experiences of digital content industry from several countries.

According to the Taipei Computer Association, the show and forum organizer, the digital content industry in Taiwan was apparently grown up recent years as Minister of Economic Affairs of the Republic of China Steve Ruey-long Chen said at Opening Ceremony yesterday. Without R&Ds from cyber-gaming, and basic conceptions from policies and copyright issues, this (digital content) industry will be fallen down in Taiwan. If this industry wanted to be grown up in sustainability, gaming OBMs in Taiwan should independently produce different and unique games and change market style to market brands and games to the world.

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