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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Singer Robert Goulet dies at age 73

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American performer Robert Goulet died on Tuesday in Los Angeles. The American-born, Canadian-raised singer and actor gained widespread attention in the 1960s, eventually winning Tony and Grammy awards for his talent.

Goulet was admitted to hospital in Las Vegas late last month where it was learned he contracted idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. He was transferred to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles earlier this month and died there awaiting a lung transplant. He was 73.

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Goalkeeper Srđan Mrkušić dies at age 92

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Yugosloav football (soccer) goaltender Srđan Mrkušić of Red Star Belgrade died on Tuesday in Belgrade, Serbia, aged 92. He was part of Yugoslavia’s national football team at the 1950 FIFA World Cup.

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Columnist Dina Rabinovitch dies at age 44

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Today also marked the death of Dina Rabinovitch, a British columnist for The Guardian newspaper. She succumbed to breast cancer at 44. Her final column was published in The Guardian earlier this month.

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Two Lordi fans mugged while manager and bodyguard were shot at in Louisville, US

Two Lordi fans mugged while manager and bodyguard were shot at in Louisville, US

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Mr. Lordi performing with his band at Eurovision Song Contest 2007.
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It has been reported recently by Blabbermouth and DotMusic.com that two fans of Finnish theatrical hard rock band Lordi were robbed at gunpoint on Friday in Louisville, Kentucky, United States and the band’s manager as well as a bodyguard were shot at. No-one was injured.

Following a gig in Louisville the band had split up, with three of the members going to a nearby bar for a drink. Lead vocalist Mr. Lordi, his wife, and keyboardist Awa had entered the tour bus, while manager Rikk Scholvinck and a bodyguard were escorting two fans towards the bus.

According to those at the scene, a van pulled up next to the bus and several youths emerged, at least one of which was carrying a gun. Mr Lordi describes what happened next: “One of the men with a gun took a fan, a girl, put the gun to her head and forced her to lie down on the ground. Also one of the boys froze on the spot while the others fled away, including Rikk and the bodyguard while another man started shooting at them. Luckily he missed and no one was hurt. Rikk ran to the bar and called the police who arrived soon. In a moment we were surrounded by like five police cars but the guys managed to escape. They were a group of drug addicts that had stolen the car earlier that night, and police were already looking for them but have still not managed to catch them.”

“The girl that was held at gunpoint is obviously very shocked. We did our best to comfort and calm her down, but one can only wonder what could happen when people start running around with guns and even using them! It is a bit amusing that the boy fan was just happy he didn’t lose the t-shirt he was wearing with all the autographs on it, even if they both lost everything else.”

Both the fans were given lifelong all access passes to Lordi concerts worldwide to compensate.

Lordi has had previous altercations with criminals in the US. Earlier this year the bus the band was using for their tour as part of Ozzfest was hijacked with several of the technical crew on board. During the same tour, two other fans were also robbed. “This was like a deja vú of that, once again we were surrounded by police cars and their flashing lights,” Mr Lordi commented.



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Thevar centenary celebrations begin amidst tight security arrangements

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Thevar centenary celebrations begin amidst tight security arrangements

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The centenary celebrations of Indian freedom fighter Pasumpon U.Muthuramalingam Thevar begin in Tamil Nadu amidst tight security arrangements. The Chief Minister, M.Karunanidhi as well as the AIADMK supremo J.Jayalalithaa have organized functions in Thevar’s native village Pasumpon in Ramanathapuram district in commemoration of this event. Sporadic instances of violence and group clashes have been reported.

U.Muthuramalinga Thevar, prominently known as Pasumpon Muthuramalinga Thevar after his native village Pasumpon in Ramanathapuram district, was born on October 30, 1908 in the southern part of the then Madras province. He was a trade union leader and a close associate of Subash Chandra Bose in the independence movement.

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Minnesota Governor opposes state funds to Iran-tied company

Minnesota Governor opposes state funds to Iran-tied company

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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Governor Tim Pawlenty.

Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty said today that Essar Global has committed to fully comply with all U.S. and international law, including those prohibiting certain investments in Iran, and that he will support continued state assistance for Essar’s proposed steel project on the Iron Range.

A few days after Indian company Essar Steel Holdings Limited acquired Minnesota Steel LLC, the governor of Minnesota announced that he “will strongly oppose any effort to provide state financial assistance to companies or entities that engage in prohibited business practices with Iran.”

Governor Pawlenty recently returned from a trip to India. He learned that Indian company Essar Global Limited is pursuing a project to build a refinery in southern Iran.

There is no official word yet from Essar Group, but Iran’s Petroenergy Information Network says Essar Group is expected to take a 60% stake in the project and that Essar’s Ravi Ruia was negotiating for the project in Iran last week.

The northern Minnesota project will be the first facility which includes all steps in steel production from iron mining to a US$1.65 billion steel mill. The Iranian refinery will have a capacity of 300,000 barrels per day and cost $8-10 billion.



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Judge delivers verdicts in 2004 Madrid train bombing trial

Judge delivers verdicts in 2004 Madrid train bombing trial

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The Audiencia Nacional of Spain (National Court of Spain) has found 21 of 28 defendants guilty in connection with the 2004 Madrid train bombings.

The defendants were facing charges including murder, forgery and conspiracy to commit a terrorist attack. 27 of them are men and one is a woman. 19 are mostly Moroccan Arabs and nine Spaniards.

Chief Judge Javier Gomez Bermudez read the verdicts which came after three months of deliberations.

Jamal Zougam, Otman el Ghanoui and Emilio Trashorras were found guilty of murder. The three were given sentences of 42,924 years in prison, although the most one can serve in Spain is 40 years. As far as the other guilty verdicts, no one was given more than 23 years for their part in the crime.

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—Isabel Presa, mother of a victim

Rabei Osman Sayed Ahmed, aka “Mohamed the Egyptian”, was acquitted although he is serving a ten-year sentence in Italy on other terrorism charges. Jose Maria de Pablos, spokesman for a victims’ association, said: “We’re very surprised by the acquittal. If it wasn’t them, we have to find out who it was. Somebody gave the order.”

“I’m not a judge or a lawyer but this is shameful, outrageous,” said Isabel Presa, who lost her youngest son in one of the explosions. She told journalists of her outrage at what she thought were lenient sentences.

The 2004 Madrid train bombings (also known in Spain as 11-M) consisted of a series of coordinated bombings against the Cercanías (commuter train) system of Madrid, Spain on the morning of March 11, 2004, killing 191 people and wounding 2,050.



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DFB-Pokal 2007–08: Bayern Munich vs. Borussia Mönchengladbach

DFB-Pokal 2007–08: Bayern Munich vs. Borussia Mönchengladbach

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October 31, 2007
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Bayern Munich 3–1 Borussia Mönchengladbach Allianz Arena, Munich
Attendance: 69,000
Referee: Manuel Gräfe
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League leaders Bayern Munich advanced to the 3rd round of the DFB Cup after defeating 2nd division leaders Borussia Mönchengladbach 3-1.

Luca Toni opening the scoring early in the 2nd half with a pair of goals. Substitute Miroslav Klose sealed the victory in the 82nd minute to make it 3-1.

Bayern Munich next game is against Eintracht Frankfurt who they play on Saturday at home while Borussia Mönchengladbach are at home to Carl Zeiss Jena.

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China dissaproves of Dalai Lama\’s meeting with Canada\’s PM

China dissaproves of Dalai Lama’s meeting with Canada’s PM

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His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, with Nancy Pelosi, Robert Byrd and George W. Bush on October 17, 2007.

The Dalai Lama XIV visited Toronto for the last two day’s of his visit to Canada yesterday. He arrived at the Fairmont Royal York hotel in downtown Toronto.

He blessed the Tibetan Canadian Community Centre in Etobicoke, Ontario this morning, he also talked about “The Art of Happiness” to a crowd of 30,000 people at the Rogers Centre this afternoon, as well as making visits to other places.

Tibetan Canadians waited outside of the hotel to meet the Dalai Lama for more than an hour.

“I am just one man. If humanity tomorrow faces great difficulties, one individual cannot escape,” he said.

“The situation inside Tibet is not as rosy as the Chinese propaganda would say,” said the Dalai Lama in response to China’s “dissatisfaction”. “My Chinese brothers and sisters are always very sensitive. And the Tibet issue is very sensitive.” The Dalai Lama fled from Tibet to India after the Tibetan resistance movement collapsed in 1959.

China expressed dissatisfaction at the meeting, but did not specify what they are dissatisfied with. However, the Dalai Lama’s recent visits to countries around the world is one factor and China says he is pushing to separate Tibet, but he said he wants autonomy, not separatism. There is an unofficial report that the Dalai Lama will be meeting with Pope Benedict XVI on December 13, but the Vatican has not yet commented on whether this is true.

“We express strong dissatisfaction [with Monday’s meeting],” said ministry spokesman, Liu Jianchao. “We hope they can reflect on and correct the erroneous actions.”

“It is a blatant interference in China’s internal affairs and has severely hurt the feelings of the Chinese people and will gravely undermine the relationship between China and Canada,” said political counsellor, Sun Lushan.

The Dalai Lama told Prime Minister Stephen Harper during their meeting on Monday to “please take a few thousand more” [Tibetan refugees living in exile in Nepal and India, but a spokesman for Immigration Minister Diane Finley said “According to the UNHCR, they’re not facing persecution in India. But having said that, we are prepared to review applications on a case-by-case basis if they’re referred to us by the UNHCR.”

Secretary of state for multiculturalism Jason Kenney, who is a defender of human rights, particularly freedom of religion, said he hopes the “entire world gets the message that attacking a 72-year-old Buddhist monk who advocates nothing more than cultural autonomy for his people is counterproductive.” He also said exports to China and Chinese tourism rose after the Dalai Lama was given honorary citizenship in July 2006.



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Canadian government announces major tax reductions

Canadian government announces major tax reductions

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Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty

Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty announced a five-year program that could reduce taxes by a total C$60 billion.

The planned tax reduction measures include:

  • Low-end personal income tax rates would be reduced from 15.5% to 15%, taking retroactive effect to the start of 2007;
  • The basic personal exemption, the amount at which income is taxable, is raised from C$8,929 to C$9,600, also backdated to January 2007;
  • Business tax rates are expected regularly drop from the current 20.5% to 15% in 2012;
  • The Goods and Services Tax that applies to most purchases would be reduced from 6% to 5% as 2008 begins. This rate was previously reduced from 7% July 2006, shortly after Prime Minister Stephen Harper took office.

These measures will be brought before the House of Commons in Ottawa on Wednesday as a confidence motion. In Canada’s minority government situation, opposition parties could defeat these measures and likely prompt an election. However, opposition leader Stéphane Dion has expressed an unwillingness to defeat the government on this matter.



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Britain\’s top traffic cop faces driving ban

Britain’s top traffic cop faces driving ban

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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

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United Kingdom’s most senior traffic police officer faces charges of speeding at 90 mph in a 60 mph speed limit zone (the equivalent of speeding at 144 km/h in a 96 km/h zone). The Chief Constable of the South Yorkshire Police, Meredydd Hughes was allegedly caught speeding on the A5 road near Chirk in north Wales.

Hughes was caught by a camera that takes photographs of speeding cars. He is known as one of the main advocates for nationwide installation of such cameras.

Hughes is set to appear at Wrexham Magistrates Court on November 21, 2007. He faces a £1000 fine and a driving ban if convicted.

As the head of road policing within the Association of Chief Police Officers, Hughes can be considered the top traffic cop in the UK.



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North American Daylight Saving Time to end on November 4

North American Daylight Saving Time to end on November 4

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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

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According to the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Daylight Saving Time will end on November 4, 2007 at 2:00 a.m. local time for most of the United States and Canada.

This change is different from previous years due to a U.S. mandated daylight saving time change, which was caused by the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

The next change to regular Daylight Saving Time will be in 2038.



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