Monday, 21 February 2011

David and Victoria Beckham to be invited to William and Kate's wedding

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David Beckham & Victoria Beckham 8x10 PhotoDavid and Victoria Beckham to be invited to William and Kate's wedding | Mail Online: "David and Victoria Beckham have been invited to the royal wedding, sources indicated last night.

In a decision approved by the Queen and Prince Charles, the footballer and his wife are likely to be among the most high-profile celebrities on Prince William and Kate Middleton’s guest list of 1,900.

When the prince, who is president of the Football Association, and Beckham met in South Africa during last year’s World Cup they were said by insiders to ‘get on like a house on fire, professionally and personally’."

UK moves closer to European time

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UK moves closer to European time - Home News, UK - The Independent: "Plans to move UK clocks forward in line with most of Europe could soon become a reality, as proposals are due to be published this week.

The 'Lighter Later' campaign, initiated by the 10:10 climate change campaign, would move the clocks forward an hour to result in lighter evenings. Campaigners say the move could cut almost 500,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year.

The plans are also backed by the tourism industry, and they will form part of the Government's tourism strategy in the run-up to the 2012 Olympics.

A parliamentary Bill which called for the Government to investigate the costs and benefits of switching the clocks received MPs' backing in December."

Gary Moore’s Last Hours Detailed

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Close As You GetGary Moore’s Last Hours Detailed | Gun Shy Assassin: "The U.K. tabloid The Daily Mail has published an extensive article detailing Thin Lizzy guitarist Gary Moore’s final hours with his girlfriend Petra Nioduschewski, who was the last person to see Gary alive at the five-star Kempinski resort on the Costa del Sol in Spain.
According to one hotel source, Petra called for help at around 4 a.m. the morning of February 6, “and a security guard went to the room and found Gary on the bed in his underpants.”

The security guard ”tried to pump his heart but he was already cold. She was in a bathrobe, completely shocked. She had tried to resuscitate him before the security guard got there. When the ambulance came, they didn’t try to shock his heart because he was already gone.”"

Anthony Fraser, whose grandad is ex-London mobster “Mad” Frankie Fraser, is said to be in hiding on the Costa del Sol in Spain.

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Anthony Fraser, whose grandad is ex-London mobster “Mad” Frankie Fraser, is said to be in hiding on the Costa del Sol in Spain. He is wanted for questioning after two tonnes of cannabis hidden in a lorryload of frozen chicken were shipped to the UK from Holland.

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Rising joblessness masks Spain's black economy

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Rising joblessness masks Spain's black economy | Top News | Reuters: "Spanish unemployment rose again in January, underscoring the importance of recent reforms designed to boost job creation and the need to increase tax revenue to allay fears that Spain cannot pay its debts.

The number of registered jobless rose by 3.2 percent from December to 4.2 million, the Labour Ministry said on Wednesday. Data last week showed the overall jobless rate at 20.2 percent in the fourth quarter, the highest in the European Union.

Unemployment is Spain's biggest economic headache as it fights to shrink a public deficit of around 9 percent of GDP.

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Economists say the huge unemployment figures point to millions of Spaniards working either cash-in-hand or simply dodging taxes in a thriving black market the government estimates to be worth around 200 billion euros, or 20 percent of GDP.

The Treasury would welcome the extra income to help deflate one of the euro zone's largest public deficits, but cracking down on tax evasion and illegal employment carries a massive social cost for an unpopular government."

The Housing Secretary in Spain has issued an all out appeal to Britons to return to the Spanish property sector

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Knowing the Law in Spain: A Guide to Spanish Law for the British Property Owner, Resident or Long-Term Visitor "The Housing Secretary in Spain has issued an all out appeal to Britons to return to the Spanish property sector - please! As we all know, the Spanish economy has been flailing, and one of the biggest causalities has been the construction industry. Buyers have been conspicuous by their absence – put off in part by stories about properties being illegally constructed and then demolished, as well as tales of corruption and nose-diving values of homes in Spain.

Now, in a bid to get Britons back in and buying in big numbers, Beatriz Corredor the Housing Secretary has issued a statement to reassure Britons who may feel that the Spanish property sector has got something of a crooked reputation. She wants Brits to feel confident in “the system” and “the transparency” now in place in Spain’s real estate industry, and to return and start investing again."

Anglo Irish Bank, Irish Nationwide Deposits To Be Sold -

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Anglo Irish Bank, Irish Nationwide Deposits To Be Sold - "reland's department of finance said Tuesday the deposits and assets of the nationalized Anglo Irish Bank Corp. and Irish Nationwide Building Society will be sold off and the remainder of the banks merged.

Finance Minister Brian Lenihan said this was to ensure that both institutions were in a position to commence the process for their restructuring according to the provisions of the European Union/International Monetary Fund program of financial support.

The National Asset Management Agency said it will commence an auction process for the sale of the deposits and assets, according to EU state aid requirements, 'which is expected to be completed as quickly as possible.'"

Shrien Dewani husband of murdered honeymoon bride Anni 'pretending to be ill' | Mail Online

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Shrien Dewani husband of murdered honeymoon bride Anni 'pretending to be ill' | Mail Online: "The father of murdered honeymoon bride Anni Dewani has claimed her husband Shrien is pretending to be ill to avoid today’s extradition hearing.

Vinod Hindocha told a South African newspaper that ‘sources’ had seen Shrien, 31, out at restaurants, undermining his and PR Max Clifford’s claims that he is too ill to attend court.

Dewani, who is suffering from severe post-traumatic stress disorder and clinical depression, did not attend the brief hearing at Woolwich Crown Court in south east London today."

Ryanair Airline Passengers Stage Protest Over Bag Fees - ABC News

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Gemini Jets 250 Ryanair (Ireland) 737-800Ryanair Airline Passengers Stage Protest Over Bag Fees - ABC News: "passengers travelling aboard Ryanair flight 8175 apparently had had enough with airline fees. So much so that 100 of them, travelling on a flight from Lanzarote in the Canary Islands to Brussels, Belgium, had to be removed from the airplane by Spanish police over the weekend.

The passengers became disruptive and refused to comply with crew instructions after a number of their group was assessed a 'gate bag fee,' according to a statement posted online by Ryanair. The fee applies to bags that exceed certain weight and size limitations and runs 35 Euros (about $47.50) per bag.

The Irish-based low-cost carrier says 'Lanzarote police required the entire aircraft to be offloaded, each passenger identified,' adding, 'Following further disruptive behavior, the police required for security reasons that this entire group be refused travel.'"

Massive police search for missing Swiss twins

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Massive police search for missing Swiss twins | World news | The Guardian: "Italian, Swiss and French police were searching for missing six-year-old twin girls who disappeared after their father died in an apparent suicide in southern Italy.

Matthias Kaspar Schepp, a Swiss resident of Canadian origin, collected his daughters Alessia and Livia from his estranged wife in Lausanne, Switzerland on 28 January, and agreed to drop them off at school a week ago today.

Schepp, 43, was found dead on rail tracks near Cerignola in Puglia, southern Italy, on Thursday, said police, who are using helicopters and sniffer dogs to search the area for the twins.

'We are putting all our resources at the disposal of the search operation,' said Alfredo Fabrocini, the head of the flying squad in nearby Foggia. 'The girls may be anywhere, we hope alive,' he added."

'New' Eta political wing rejects violence

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'New' Eta political wing rejects violence | World news | The Guardian: "The banned political wing of the armed Basque separatist movement Eta has announced the launch of a new party that renounces the use of violence.

After 40 years in which more than 800 deaths have been linked to Eta, Batasuna said it does not consider the violence as legitimate.

Rufi Etxeberria, the leader of the new political grouping, told a meeting in Bilbao that it rejects 'violence and threats' from any source. He appealed to the government and the international community to legalise the as yet unnamed party. Batasuna has been illegal since 2003. The group hopes to be able to stand in the May local elections.

Marcelino Iglesias, general secretary of the ruling Socialist party, gave the announcement a cautious welcome. 'It's better to condemn Eta than support it,' he said. 'Of course this is a great improvement, but democracy has to make stringent demands of these groups.'"

Paramedic works amid gangland shootings in Guatemala City

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"Angie Dymott spent two gruelling weeks swapping the streets of Cardiff to work with bomberos, who carry out paramedic and fire fighting duties in Guatemala City.

Angie has been a paramedic in the Welsh capital for six years. There, a typical Friday night involves dealing with lots of drunk people, patient transfers and minor injuries.

But in the Central American nation, shifts are more likely to deal with gang violence and multiple shootings.

In Cardiff, she shows the cameras around her ambulance packed with state-of- the-art kit, before heading off into the city where she is seen comforting the mother of a man who has been attacked and reassuring a drunk teenager.

On arriving in Guatemala City, Angie is handed a bulletproof vest as part of her uniform."

Ger Dundon (23), Weston, Limerick; and David McCormack (26),Gangland figures handed five-year sentences

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"Ger Dundon (23), of Hyde Avenue, Ballinacurra Weston, Limerick; and David McCormack (26), of Crecora Avenue, Ballinacurra Weston, pleaded guilty to committing violent disorder at Sarsfield Avenue, Garryowen, Limerick, on February 17 last year.

The cases were not sent forward to the three-judge non-jury court under new anti-gangland laws, but were forwarded under existing legislation that allows the Director of Public Prosecutions to send non-terrorist cases for trial at the court.

Chief Supt of the Limerick garda division David Sheahan told the court the charges against the pair arose following attempts by others to collect €20,000 they believed they were owed by nightclub promoter Mark Heffernan (27).

He said that although the two accused were not involved in earlier attempts to get the money, there was 'linkage' between events that eventually culminated in a group of men chasing Mr Heffernan across Limerick city on February 17.

Dundon, a father of three, has 99 previous convictions."

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