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Kim Kardashian blasted for calling Indian food disgusting

Thursday, May 31, 2012



Kim Kardashian Family that has told her she think-Indian food is "disgusting". The 31-year-old socialite said this on Sunday night's episode of Keeping up with the Kardashians. The reality star's offhanded remark drew criticism Throughout The Twittersphere I think it's good Kim Kardashian does not like Indian food, Because That means clustering will not she ever visit India and That is a blessing in soi, "Us magazine quoted one user as writing. "Kim Kardashian and Kendall Jenner called Indian food 'so disgusting.' seriously? You do not have to like it, do not be rude goal, "another user said. On Tuesday, she Took to her blog to address the backlash in a post titled "Just Want to Clear Something Up." "In NO way was my year how Intended as insult to the Indian people or Their Culture. This is just my own personal taste, "she wrote. "There are a lot of foods I do not like. .


 I hate cilantro and peppers, and There are definitely foods Some Armenian That I find disgusting Personally, my goal That Does not Reflect On Other opinions Armenian people or my culture. "My how was not Intended to offend anybody. We all have opinions and our own tastes and I was simply phrase providing mine, "she added.

Apple chief vows innovation in TV and more


RANCHO PALOS VERDES, California - Apple chief Tim Cook on Tuesday vowed creativity That Would Remain in the company's "DNA" and hinted products on the horizon That Could come in the area of television.

Cook Was The opening guest star at a Prestigious All Things Digital conference hosted by the Rupert Murdoch-owned technology news website at a resort in the Southern California town of Palos Verdes.
"We're going to Introduce Some Great stuff," Cook said. "I think you are going to love it."
Cook Declined to reveal details of products set for release by the Cupertino, California-based maker of iPads, iPhones, iPods, Macintosh computers, and Apple TV devices.
The first unveiling Could take up as soon as June 11, When Apple kicks off icts Annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco.

"Juices are flowing and we have some incredible things coming out," Cook said. "For years Apple's beens Focused on innovation and This Will not change."

While Avoiding specifics, Cook Said That the Apple TV business is "an area of intense interest for us."
Apple HAS long icts Parties to the main Apple TV to have a hobby. The devices are boxes That happy road from the Internet to television screens.

"We're not a hobby kind of company, as you know," Cook said. "The company was able to hold out a lot of wood behind A Few arrows. We've stuck to this. "
Apple sold 2.8 million Apple TV devices last year and Many Nearly That in the first months of this year FEW, According To Cook.

Apple's nascent icloud online data storage service and Close Relationships with movie and television studios sell digital content That is for viewing icts gadgets Could Support Offering a new Apple TV.
Last month, Jefferies & Company analyst Peter Misek Noted That Improved outlook of the display-related companies Might Be in hand due to early "iTV" production.

Canada Police hunt porn star body parts in box mailed


OTTAWA-Police Launched a hunt Wednesday for a male porn star After a human hand WAS found in the mail at year Ottawa post office, and a football Decomposing leur envoi to Canada's ruling Conservative Party.

A nationwide warrant has-beens Luka Rocco Magnotta Issued for, 29, Also Known As Eric Clinton Newman and Vladimir Romanov.
Montreal Police Spokesman Ian Lafreniere Told a press conference the suspect Has No criminal record and the public's help Asked in Tracking Him Down.
Police in Ottawa HAD calculated previously disclosed That Were Both packages feels to Ottawa from Montreal.

The gruesome discoveries, Described by Canadian Public Safety Minister Vic Toews as "very disturbing," Were Made After hours severed torso was discovered by aussi WAS a janitor in Montreal early Tuesday in a suitcase in a pile of garbage.
Said the Lafreniere Finds are linked Thought To Be Brought Them After year investigation to a Montreal apartment That Is Believed To Be Scene of the dismembering.
The torso, He Said, belonged to a white male and It Is Believed That the victim and the suspect Knew Each Other.

The body parts undergo forensic testing to Will determines if They Came From The Same person and if the person WAS alive When The shares Were severed.
"We're missing shares of the body so it's difficulties at this time to Positively Identify the victim," Lafreniere added.
The first package WAS Partly Opened by the receptionist at the Conservative office in Ottawa Who Called Police After seeing the blood stains and the smell WAS Overwhelmed by.
"The Hazmat Unit and Emergency Operations Division and Were Called upon inspection of the package further Top It Was Determined That There Was Possibly a human foot in the box," Ottawa Police Said in a statement on Tuesday.

The box WAS X-rayed and then handed over to the local coroner's Who "determined the package DID That Contain a human foot," it added.

Hours later, a second suspicious package WAS intercepted by Canada Post at a nearby Mail sorting facility. It "contained a human hand," Said police.
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Citing sources, the second parcel Said WAS Addressed to the Liberal Party headquarters in Ottawa.

The public broadcaster aussi Said Magnotta posted online videos of kittens Torturing Himself, and dated oz serial killer Karla Homolka Who Was Convicted in 1991 of manslaughter plea bargain has FOLLOWING in the rape-murders of Two teenage girls and her sister.

Homolka HAD Claimed in Testimony That Helped send her husband Paul Bernardo to prison for life That She Was abused and year Unwilling accomplice to the murders.

Purpose of the crimes later videotapes showing Surfaced That She Was a more active participant Than Claimed she HAD. She Was released from jail in 2005 and Moved to Montreal.
Several websites describe Magnotta as a washed-up porn star and hooker, and Say That He Has denied ties to Homolka.
Immigration Minister Jason Kenney Told reporters Wednesday Clearly That This Was a "completely disgusting criminal act," Adding It WAS also "weird and completely Call horrifying."

Egypt's state of emergency ends After 31 years

Egypt's military rulers Said THEY HAD ended the Decades-old state of emergency was emperor last renewal expired

Vowing to continue to "protect" the nation, the military has in statemet Said It Would continues icts "national and historic responsibility, Taking Into account the state of emergency That has ended, in Accordance with the Constitutional declaration and with the law".

It Said It Would'm his continuing role Until It hands over power, as It Has Promised It Would President Elected to year by the end of June. In Between The Two frontunners runoff from the first round of the elction is To Be Held on June 16-17.

Egypt has-beens Under a state of emergency Continuously since President Anwar Sadat's assassination in 1981, allowing Authorities to detain people without charging and try 'em in emergency security courts.
Parliament year of construction the emergency law for Two years in May 2010 When President Hosni Mubarak now Ousted WAS still in power, but limited to terrorism icts enforcement and drug crimes.
The military, Which Took care After Mubarak's overthrow in February 2011, at first extended the law to include strikes then aim Said It Would Apply only to "thuggery"


A Constitutional Declaration Ratified in a referendum in March last year the military Gave The Responsibility to "protect" the country only goal parliament Said Had the right to proclaim a state of emergency, at the executive's request.
The military HAD the Constitution Suspended After Mubarak's overthrow.
Essam Erian, the deputy leader of the Islamist Justice and Freedom Party, Which Has the MOST seats in parliament, the military's statement Said It Would not Indicated ask parliament to extend the law.
The party's leader and presidential candidate Mohammad Said Mursi HAS the Law Will not Be Renewed.
Ending the state of emergency Was a key demand of protesters Who toppled Mubarak in year 18-day popular uprising in January and February last year.

Thousands of Egyptians jailed HAD beens from under the law over the previous Decades. Many Have Been Took released since the military power.

Aim the ruling generals Have Themselves beens criticised Trying for Thousands in military courts, Which looks like the emergency state security tribunals in the limited rights afforded to defendants, human rights groups say.

"This is historic Because The state of emergency WAS one of the Mubarak Police state's tools," Said Heba Morayef, a Cairo-based researcher for Human Rights Watch.
"It is a reflection of the Fact That the age When The interior ministry WAS HAD Above the Law and unlimited power is over," she said.

"Unfortunately, This Will not End MOST serious are abusing That We saw over the last year and a half, Because Those Were-committed by the military and legitimised by military courts," she added.

Hillary Clinton says Russian civil war policy Risks

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton HAS criticised Russia's resistance to UN Action on Syria, warning That icts Propping up of the Assad Could diet contribute to a civil war.

The Russians "are telling me They Do not Want to See a civil war. II have beens telling 'em Their policy is going to help contribute to a civil war," she Told Mainly a student audience on a visit to Copenhagen.
Clinton Warned That UNLESS unchecked, the deadly violence in Syria Could lead to civil war or Even Develop Into a proxy war Because Of Iran's Support for the diet of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
She said she HAD spoken on Wednesday with the international envoy on Syria, Kofi Annan, who is Trying to expand historical mandate To Be Able to deal more Effectively with Damascus.
"We Have to bring the Russians on board Because The dangers we face are great," Said Clinton, who is in Denmark on the first leg of a Scandinavian tour.


She said the lack of UN Support for action in Syria, Mainly due to Russia's opposition, "Makes it harder" to corresponds to the crisis, as the international community last year About did in Libya.

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"The slaughter of innocent people Continued, both, by the military and by militias supported by the government and increasingly by the opposition ... Could morph into a civil war in a country riven by That Would Be sectarian Divides, Which Could then morph into a proxy war in the region.
"Remember You have Iran deeply embedded in Syria - their military are coaching the Syrian military. The Quds Force, Which is a branch of the military, is Helping Them Set up sectarian militias thesis.
"We know it get much Could Actually Worse Than It Is," she said.

A killing last week of More than 100 people in the city of Hula, Allegedly by government-backed forces, and the discovery of new execution-style killing since then HAS raised the pressure for international action.
Russia adamantly goal HAS Refused to Go Against icts close ally Syria with President Vladimir Putin warning Moscow Thursday That Will not change icts position under pressure.
"Russia's position is well-known. It is balanced and include logical and completely Call," Interfax quoted Putin's Spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying.

Meanwhile, an April 12 peace truce plan and Negotiated by Annan to bring the year to end violence and usher in a transition politique Appeared in tatters, amid reports of fresh attacks by Syrian government forces, we Houla, the site of last week's massacre.

Syrian rebels Warned They Will Have Their summary of Civilians defense if the government Does not return to the peace plan by Friday.

At a news conference with Danish Foreign Minister Villy Soevndal, Clinton Said Those responsible for the killing must Houla Be Held to account and we Called Those Who Knew Within The diet What Was Going On to stand up and speak out.

Expanding on her remarks about Russia Earlier, she Said the United States still WAS Focused on Supporting Annan's efforts Rather Than going outside the United Nations.

She said Washington WAS also "Reaching Out Both inside and outside Syria, Bringing together Those That Are Directly Affected more, particularly in the area."

Many of her conversations over the next Few Days Would Be held "with Particular Attention Paid to the Russians," she said.

"They are Vociferous In Their Claiming That They Are Providing a stabilising influence. That I reject. Frankly I think THEY are in effect Propping up the regime."
Source: AFP

US to renew naval power in Asia-Pacific -Panetta



US: The United States will renew its naval power across the Asia-Pacific region and stay “vigilant” in the face of China's growing military, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Tuesday. On the eve of a trip to Asia that will include stops in Singapore, Vietnam and India, Panetta said in a speech that the country's future depended on ensuring security throughout the Western Pacific and the Indian Ocean.

“America is a maritime nation, and we are returning to our maritime roots,” Panetta told graduates of the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

“One of the key projects that your generation will have to face is sustaining and enhancing American strength across the great maritime region of the Asia-Pacific,” he said.

Reflecting US concern over China's rise and more assertive stance in the South China Sea, President Barack Obama has announced a strategic shift toward Asia after wrapping up the US military presence in Iraq and overseeing a troop drawdown in Afghanistan.

Panetta encouraged the new naval officers to forge stronger security ties with China even as he vowed the United States would not let down its guard.

“We need you to strengthen defense ties with China. China's military is growing and modernizing. We must be vigilant. We must be strong. We must be prepared to confront any challenge,” he said.

“But the key to that region is to develop a new era of defense cooperation between our countries -- one in which our militaries share security burdens in order to advance peace in the Asia-Pacific and around the world,” he said.

He called on the graduates to strengthen longtime alliances with Japan, South Korea, Australia and the Philippines while also building “robust partnerships” with countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Singapore and India.

AFP

Italy quake, several missing and 15 dead

Wednesday, May 30, 2012


At least 15 people were killed by earthquakes in Italy northeast on Tuesday, and rescuers were searching for missing several times, according to the Civil Protection Agency.

"At this point, we have 15 people confirmed dead and four or five people missing," a spokesman for the agency in Rome told AFP.

"Everything collapsed, it's chaos, the buildings across the city are down," a firefighter from the city of Cavezzo told Corriere della Sera.


The magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck about 60 kilometers east of the city of Parma, according to the Geographical Institute of Modena, and sent panicked residents rushing into the streets.

It followed a magnitude 6.0 earthquake in the industrial North, on May 20 that killed six people and left thousands of tents in makeshift accommodation, with many historic buildings and houses reduced to rubble.

"Everything was shaking, we ran the streets. The roads are now blocked by people trying to flee the center if there is a replica, "Corriere della Sera journalist Elvira Serra said the small town of Cento.

Historic chapels, churches and buildings damaged by the initial earthquake crumbled to the ground as panicked citizens joined those already in camp blue tent camps set up in parks and school playgrounds after the earthquake last.
 "Last night was the first night we spent back into our homes after the first quake. Then another big hit," said one resident told SKY TG24 television in Sant'Agostino, with buildings with holes gaping in their sides.

At least three victims were workers crushed by falling rubble.

Three were killed in San Felice del Panaro when a factory collapsed, two others died in the city of Pico della Mirandola, one at Concordia and the other in Finale, police Capt. Salvatore Iannizzotto Modena told ANSA news.

A parish priest in the town of Rovereto di Novi was also found dead, but Iannizzotto said it was unclear if he died of shock or was killed in the earthquake. A woman was killed when Cavezzo in a furniture factory collapsed.

Carpi firefighters said the priest, he was killed, ANSA reported.

"A new earthquake struck the region Emilia-Romagna, leaving the victims, the wounded and damaged buildings in its wake," the Prime Minister Mario Monti said in a televised speech from Rome.

"I send condolences to the government's victims' families and we urge all citizens to have faith. I'm sure we'll have more this time, "he said.

Tuesday's quake was felt in northern and central Italy, causing the collapse of several structures weakened by the earthquake of May 20

"The success of the population will not be abandoned," said the head of the Emilia-Romagna, Vasco Errani.

In Pisa, home of the famous Leaning Tower offices were evacuated as a precaution. People were running in the streets of shops and offices in Milan, Bologna and the Aosta Valley, near the French border.

In Bologna, where the quake was clearly felt, trains to Milan, Verona and Modena were suspended, the Italian rail network said, while the tests were conducted to determine whether the lines were damaged.

There were moments of panic in Venice, where a statue fell to the ground, slightly injuring a bystander.

About 7,000 people who fled their homes in the area when the first earthquake struck are still living in tent camps erected in around 89 fields, sports grounds, car parks and schools.

The camps can take up to 9000 people.

The region was hit by a series of earthquakes and aftershocks over the past two weeks.

The latest disaster struck just over three years after an earthquake of magnitude 6.3 devastated the city of L'Aquila in central Italy in March 2009, killing about 300 people and leaving tens of thousands of homeless.

Observe Greek Presidency of Cyprus: the head of the EU


The President of the European Council (EC) has called on Turkey to respect the EU presidency, even after Greek Cyprus holds the rotating presidency of the organization in July.

"With regard to Turkey, I remember the strong support that the European Council in December 2011 already provided to the Greek Cypriot president to come," President of the EC, Herman Van Rompuy said after meeting with Cypriot President Greek Demetris Christofias on May 28, according to Cyprus news agency. The Presidency "is a fundamental characteristic of our Union, based on the EU treaty, and must be fully respected by all," said Rompuy.

"The EU continues to attach utmost importance to further negotiations, and urges both parties to spare no effort to pave the way for a comprehensive settlement," Rompuy said, adding that the status quo "is in nobody's interest. "

The ultimate goal, he added, is to have the island gathered in the European Union. Christofias said he is ready to "continue the dialogue, even during the Greek presidency of Cyprus to the EU Council." Rompuy also told deputies that the Greek Cypriot sharing of natural resources could open the way to peace, cooperation as coal and steel between the old rivals France and Germany led the EU, the Associated Press reported .

Europe sweeps awards at Cannes film festival



FRANCE: Cannes crowned “Love” by Austria's Michael Haneke, the wrenching tale of a man and his dying wife, with its Palme d'Or prize Sunday as Europe swept the awards at world cinema's top showcase. Haneke's octogenarian actors, French screen icon Jean-Louis Trintignant, 81, and Emmanuelle Riva, 85, bowled Cannes over in the story of Georges and Anne, an adoring couple whose bond is tested after she suffers a stroke.

His second Palme in three years, the win confirmed Haneke's status as arguably the most important film director working in Europe.

Haneke took the Palme d'Or three years ago for a very different work, “The White Ribbon” a black-and-white study of malice in a German village on the eve of World War I, which some saw as a parable on the roots of Nazi savagery.


Hailed as a “masterpiece” by critics, the French-language “Love” marked a journey into tender new territory for a director better known for exposing the icy secrets of the soul.

Haneke's sober camera chronicles the intimate details of Anne's physical and mental decline, as Georges fulfils a pledge to care for her at home until the end.

Both actors climbed on stage at the star-studded gala in the Riviera city to accept the award with Haneke, who dedicated it to his wife of 30 years. “This film is an illustration of the promise we made to each other, if either one of us finds ourselves in the situation that is described in the film,” the 70-year-old director told the audience.

Speaking for the rest of the jury, the designer Jean Paul Gaultier said Riva and Trintignant had delivered “the greatest emotion of all the movies we saw.” Choosing among 22 films from around the world, the jury headed by Italian director Nanni Moretti handed all but one prize to Europeans.

Cannes' best actor award went to Danish heart-throb Mads Mikkelsen, 46, searing as a man falsely accused of molesting a child in the psychological thriller “The Hunt” by Thomas Vinterberg.

AFP

Canada’s Quebec unrest generates more than 3,000 news reports in 77 countries


By Andy Blatchford | The Canadian Press

MONTREAL – The civil unrest consuming Quebec is also seizing media attention abroad — with more than 3,000 news reports from 77 different countries in recent weeks.

That’s according to an analysis released Monday by Montreal-based company Influence Communication, which is monitoring Canadian and foreign media coverage of the conflict.

Influence analyst Caroline Roy said the student crisis generated 66 times more foreign news coverage in two months than Canada’s entire mission in Afghanistan — this country’s most extensive international undertaking since the Korean War.

“It’s pretty significant and I would say that we have rarely seen Quebec get so much coverage internationally,” Roy said.

She said the volume of foreign coverage spiked a couple of weeks ago, after Quebec adopted an emergency law that sets out to clamp down on demonstrations with strict rules and steep fines.

The nature of the coverage has shifted, even inside Quebec.

Earlier in the dispute, 79 per cent of news stories focused on the tuition-fee increase that initially ignited the student movement. More recently, however, only four per cent of the Quebec-based coverage has focused on the tuition hikes, the analysis said.

Lately the government has been attacked over its Bill 78, which critics are calling unconstitutional and trying to defeat in legal challenges. There have been more protests, in more cities, with more diverse crowds, since the legislation was adopted almost two weeks ago.

“All the tensions caused by the special law, led to an increase in the number of reports,” Roy said.

“It’s still going up.”

Roy said foreign headlines about Quebec are usually related to subjects such as Montreal festivals, Cirque du Soleil, the provincial film industry and natural resources.


“But right now it’s been completely eclipsed by the student conflict, and it’s coverage that has lasted for several weeks,” she said.

She added that much of the recent news wasn’t positive.

A significant part of the coverage, she said, focused on nightly demonstrations in Montreal and their sometimes-violent confrontations between police and protesters.

The analysis found that in the last two weeks 39 per cent of what was written about Montreal, from around the world, included at least one of the following expressions: “massive arrests,” “riots” and “violence.”

Some international coverage has painted the protests in a more favourable light. Writers who follow the Occupy movement have been covering the situation in Quebec, even describing it as an inspiration for other social causes.

The company examined newspaper, TV, radio and online coverage of major international media organizations between March 22 and May 28. Influence monitors major media outlets in 160 countries.

It also analyzed coverage within Canada.

In Quebec, local media had already dedicated 20 per cent more news reports to the student crisis than their exhaustive, years-long coverage of the sponsorship scandal.

Influence found that the student conflict had already attracted more media attention in Quebec than any other story since 2001.

The unrest also generated more headlines in the province in a one-week period than any other event since 2001, except for 9-11, the 2010 Haitian earthquake and Barack Obama becoming president.

“But these were international events,” Roy said.

“The student conflict is truly a subject that’s purely Quebecois.”


Videos of past protest in Canada
The Front de libération du Québec (Quebec Liberation Front), who supported the Quebec sovereignty movement, included the bombing of the Montreal Stock Exchange in 1969 and in 1970 the October Crisis. The British Trade Commissioner James Cross was kidnapped and Quebec Labour Minister Pierre Laporte was murdered.

Japan and China to start direct currency trading


JAPAN: Japan said Tuesday it will start direct currency trading with China for the first time, scrapping the dollar as an intermediary unit to boost ties between the two Asian economic giants. The move, which will boost trade and investment between the traditional rivals, marks the first time Beijing has allowed a major currency other than the greenback to trade directly with the yuan.




Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (R) shakes hands with visiting Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda in Beijing, capital of China, Dec. 25, 2011. (Xinhua/Zhang Duo)


“From June 1, the yen-yuan exchange rate will be constantly indicated in both markets, facilitating full-fledged direct exchange trading,” Japan's Finance Minister Jun Azumi told a regular press briefing.

By not using the dollar as an intermediate currency “we can lower transaction costs and reduce settlement risks at financial institutions as well as making both nations' currencies more useful”, he added.

The announcement also comes as China introduces measures as part of a long-term goal of internationalising its currency to rival the dollar.

Beijing described Tuesday's move as an “important step” in “strengthening cooperation between China and Japan in developing financial markets and mutually promoting direct trading between the two currencies based on market principle.” “The People's Bank of China actively supports (the move),” said a statement issued by the China Foreign Exchange Trade System, the central bank's forex arm.

AFP

Zuckerberg wife Priscilla Chan honeymooning in Rome

Tuesday, May 29, 2012


Rome: Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan were spotted during their honeymoon in Rome by a tourist who posted his photo on Twitter.

Polish tourists clicked a photo of the newlyweds during their private visit to the Vatican `s Sistine Chapel.

An anonymous employee in Note restaurants Pierluigi told the media Sunday that the couple had a billionaire "fish dinner intimate and romantic" oysters, fish carpaccio and shrimp salad Catalan as an aperitif, followed by pasta with sauce lobster and it concluded with John Dory fish.

Man lifts 230 kg with his penis: Let-99 Power Qigong Put some swing in your love life (Video)


When Taiwan Yang You-sin, fell ill, he promised to get better. So. He embarked on the program you Jin-sheng "99 Power Qigong", known locally as the "iron crotch".

Yang You can now sin lifting huge weights with his genitals.He can now lift 230 kg with his penis.

As foresight, Master Tu has a DVD called iron fork.

You've heard the stories, now experience the reality! Iron crotch is the most talked ancient Chinese practice! Called Jiu Jiu Shen Gong (99 Power Practice) this ancient skill unleashes your untapped potential and allows you to achieve your peak performance! Grandmaster Tu students have helped hundreds of books with their soldiers, even students of 70 years! Dramatically improves your strength and contributes to the dysfunction of sexual response or lack of interest in sex. Grandmaster Tu Jin-Sheng is a noted qigong master and Chinese medicine. He is recognized as a professor in the medical societies in Taiwan, Japan, Canada and the United States, it is also a master painter and is known for his extraordinary feats of hard Kung Fu, like breaking solid objects with his hands bare and lift heavy weights with his private parts. (Approx. 60 min) Warning: This video iron crotch is for demonstration purposes only. These exercises should not be attempted without the supervision of a certified master of Jiu Jiu Shen Gong. Training tools are only for students currently practicing under such a master. 99eStore disclaims any responsibility for use of this videotape.

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Japan provides over Rs 340 m for human resource development


The Japanese government granted 211 million Japanese yen (approximately Rs 340 million) for the continuation of the scholarship of Human Resources Development in 2012, where 15 employees will be provided with the opportunity to continue their mastery in Japan.

Finance ministry officials and government planning, public administration and home affairs, economic development and local and provincial councils are selected on a competitive basis for scholarships to continue their programs Master's degree in public policy, public administration, regional development and macro-economic and development economics at the International University of Japan, international Christian University and Hiroshima University.

The signing of Exchange of Notes for the scholarship program of Human Resource Development was held in the Finance and Planning Ministry, on Friday between Japanese Ambassador Nobuhito Hobo on behalf of the Japanese Government and Finance and planning Ministry Secretary Dr. PB Jayasundera on behalf of the Sri Lankan government. The signing of grant agreements took place between JICA Sri Lanka Office Chief Representative Harumi Ao and Dr. Jayasundera.

President of Srilanka completes 42 years in politics


President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday was 42 years since becoming an MP, having first entered Parliament in its youngest member in 1970. President Rajapaksa was elected Member of Parliament for the electorate to Beliatta May 27, 1970 general elections.

He succeeded his father DA Rajapaksa to Parliament and represented the same electorate that his father made ​​his first election in 1947. He was the Training and Labour and Minister of Fisheries in the Cabinet from 1994 to 2001.He also held the portfolio of ports and transportation, in addition to fishing for three months. He was the leader of the opposition from 2002 to 2004.

He was selected as the 13th Prime Minister in April 2004.

He then moved to the position of Senior Vice President of SLFP.

From the time he was chosen prime minister in April 2004 to his election as President, he also held the portfolio of Highways.

He became the fifth Executive President of the country in 2005.

He was elected to a second term on January 26, 2010 Presidential Election with Sri Lanka recognizing him as a national leader who liberated the country from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and put the country on the path to peace and rapid economic development.

Mahinda Rajapaksa was elected President of Sri Lanka in 2005 on a policy of large-scale and largely people-oriented as specified in the Mahinda Chintana.

He now leads the country towards post-conflict reconstruction and reconciliation.

Richest woman in the world increases its stake in the business media

Monday, May 28, 2012


SYDNEY, (AFP) - The world's richest woman Gina Rinehart has increased her stake in Australian media group Fairfax, the company said Monday, as she lashed out at the chairman after being denied a board seat.
Rinehart, who has a fortune of Aus$29.17 billion (US$28.48 billion) according to an annual index by Business Review Weekly, increased her holding to more than 13 percent from the 12.8 percent she bought in February.
Her foray into the market -- she was already Fairfax's largest shareholder -- came just days after she was overlooked for a Fairfax board seat in favour of former Ernst & Young boss James Millar.
In a statement to Fairfax's Sydney Morning Herald, the iron ore billionaire questioned chairman Roger Corbett's abilities, saying he had presided over a huge loss in the market value of the newspaper, radio and digital media firm.

"Answers need to be given as to how the chairman will address this in the interests of all shareholders, rather than merely hoping for improvements in circulation, revenue and share price or perhaps trying to blame... industry conditions," she said.

Rinehart is understood to have requested two board seats at Fairfax after becoming its largest shareholder earlier this year.

Her initial move into the company prompted the government to flag stronger media ownership laws, with Communications Minister Stephen Conroy saying Rinehart, who has been critical of the government, wanted to exert her influence.

Current media ownership laws, designed to promote diversity of opinion and ownership, prevent anyone from acquiring more than 15 percent of Fairfax, whose shares gained 3.20 percent to close at Aus$0.645.

Sweden triumphs in controversial song contest

SWEDEN: Swedish star Loreen beat off a challenge from dancing Russian pensioners on Saturday to win a spectacular Eurovision Song Contest in Azerbaijan that the host hoped would banish qualms over its rights record. Loreen, 28, wowed voters with a catchy dance number called “Euphoria” featuring an upbeat chorus accompanied by a high-kicking dance duet and a storm of artificial snow.

She brandished the glass microphone trophy in a shower of gold ticker-tape at a post-contest news conference.

“It's just a question of taste. This year it happened to me,” she modestly explained her victory.

She hugged her mother and smiled, referring back to the title of her song as she explained she felt at her win: “I know this sounds corny, but euphoric.”

The victory brings Eurovision back to one of its heartlands.

Sweden's most famous band Abba gained worldwide fame after winning the contest in 1974 with “Waterloo” -- for many the song that defined the kitschy contest for all time.

“Hallelujah!” exlaimed the head of the Swedish delegation in Baku, Christer Bjorkman at the news conference.

Loreen's win took Sweden's total of Eurovision trophies to five, making it one of the most successful countries at winning the quirky contest. But it last struck gold more than a decade ago in 1999.

Second place on Saturday went to Russia's heartwarming Buranovskiye Babushki, a choir of elderly women from a village who performed a disco song “Party for Everybody” in English and their local Finno-Ugric language with a stove and a tray as props.

Third was Serbian Eurovision veteran Zelijko Joksimovic who had already competed in three previous contests, once as a singer and twice as a composer.

Eurovision is the biggest event ever hosted by energy-rich Azerbaijan as it seeks to present a glitzy front to the world despite the intolerance of dissent and opposition under the rule of the Aliyev dynasty.

AFP

British woman held for drugs in Indonesia: official


DENPASAR (AFP) - A British woman was arrested for allegedly smuggling cocaine on the Indonesian island of Bali, an official said Monday, and may face the death penalty under stiff drug laws.

Customs officers arrested the woman, identified as Lindsay June Sandiford, 56, May 19 with nearly five kilograms (11 pounds) of cocaine after his arrival at Denpasar Airport on a Thai Airways flight from Bangkok.
"We have arrested the suspect after we found 4.791 grams of cocaine in his suitcase. She has hidden in the lining of his suitcase," Denpasar airport customs chief I Made Wijaya told reporters.

"We conducted an analysis of X-ray baggage, found a suspicious substance in it and then it examined," he said.
The cocaine has a street value of more than 23 billion rupees (2.5 million) and Sandiford, who told officials she is a housewife, facing the death penalty for drug trafficking, said Wijaya .

Indonesia applies severe penalties, including life imprisonment or death for drug trafficking.
Two members of a drug trafficking gang known as the Australian "Bali Nine" who were arrested in 2005 are in death row, while seven others are facing long prison terms.

Another Australian, Schapelle Corby, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for smuggling 4.1 kilograms of marijuana in 2005, recently had his term reduced from five years after an appeal for clemency to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
The 34 years is due to be published in September 2017.

Djokovic has the story out for the victory early


After a difficult opening game has forced him to go the distance in the tiebreak, Djokovic won his meeting on the main Court Philippe Chatrier 7-6 (7/3), 6-3, 6-1 in 2hr 04min to book a meeting with Blaz Kavcic from Slovenia.

Djokovic world number one has already Wimbledon, U.S. Open and Australian Open crowns under a bushel and a first French Open triumph within two weeks would make him the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to complete the sweep.

Of the seven men to win all four majors in their career, Don Budge and Laver (twice) were all four together.

Wash in 1969 from the realization that Pete Sampras, Federer and defending Roland Garros Nadal had the opportunity to complete a non-calendar year Grand Slam.

Djokovic has not yet reached a final in Paris, after falling three times in the semifinal stage.

Starace, ranked 97, with clay as her favorite surface, but never got beyond the third round here and he was cannon fodder for Djokovic in this form.

After pushing his rival all the way in the first set was subsequently outperformed the Italian Djokovic knocked down six aces and did the bare minimum, scraping four chances to break 15, despite finding the breeze swirling off-putting.

"Potito is an expert on this surface, but I played well because it was the first match at Roland Garros this year," said Djokovic, who won rousing applause for the realization of his on court interview in French.

"There was a breeze out there that I did not like, like all players.

"I hope to continue and get good results, but it is too early to talk about the final," he insisted.

Japan runaway penguin suffering from conjunctivitis


A brave penguin was taken last week after nearly three months at large in the polluted waters of Tokyo Bay has conjunctivitis, an official said Monday the aquarium.


The Humboldt penguin, one of 135 held at Tokyo Sea Life Park, was taken captive after 82 days of freedom after an escape that made ​​headlines worldwide and sparked a worldwide following.

On Friday, the day after his adventure ended, the bird "was diagnosed by a veterinarian as having conjunctivitis, so we kept in a room separated from the rest of our penguins," said Takashi aquarium Sugino official.

Fans of the fugue than a year old - known as the only aquarium as Penguin No. 337 and no sexual characteristics because of his age - will have to wait until he has recovered from the condition, also known as pink eye, before it is revealed to the world.

"At first, his eyes seemed to be swelling a bit, but now he is recovering as we have been to give eye drops every day," said Sugino.

"I do not know the exact reason for his eye disease, but in this aquarium seawater pumped for penguins is filtered and disinfected," he added.

A government official told AFP water quality in Tokyo Bay has improved in recent years, but pollution by organic substances, sometimes with Japanese environmental standards.

Jessica Biel is'' one of the guys.''

The actress of 30 years is a big hit with friends of her boyfriend Justin Timberlake, because it is so easy to get along with, says former singer turned actor of * NSYNC bandmate Lance Bass.

Lance said:'' [Jessica] is amazing. One of the best people I know.

'' It has always been one of the guys. It's like a best friend. It's like spending time with his best friend.''

Lance was among the guests at the feast of the commitment of the couple at the weekend and it will definitely be attending their wedding, regardless of where it occurs.

He said:'' Justin as my brother, he is not whether or not I'll do it at her wedding.

'' Every time you get to travel, it's fun!''

Justin first shot to fame as a member of the Club All-New Mickey Mouse and Lance joked that he plans to send the piece of 31 years a reminder of his childhood as a wedding gift.

He told UsMagazine.com:'' The man has everything, so a nice little toaster will - perhaps one that puts a little Mickey Mouse emblem on it!''

NATO air strike kills six children


A NATO airstrike killed a family of eight children, six children, when it hit their house in eastern Afghanistan, local officials said on Sunday. President Hamid Karzai, who is a fierce critic of civilian deaths attributed to NATO forces, immediately ordered an investigation into the incident Saturday night in Paktia province, his office said in a statement.

A NATO airstrike killed a family of eight children, six children, when it hit their house in eastern Afghanistan, local officials said on Sunday. President Hamid Karzai, who is a fierce critic of civilian deaths attributed to NATO forces, immediately ordered an investigation into the incident Saturday night in Paktia province, his office said in a statement.

"Eight people, a man, his wife and their six children, died," local government spokesman Rohullah Samoon told AFP.

"It was an air strike by NATO. This man had no connection with the Taliban or any terrorist group." A security official in Kabul confirmed the strike and death. AFP

More than 200,000 Afghans from Iran


More than 200,000 single Afghan nationals have left Iran, an official with the Interior Ministry.
Tahouri Mohammad told the Mehr News Agency today that residents unmarried Afghan nationals have the opportunity to announce their June 20 position.

Meanwhile, he said that the deadline for citizens residing in Aghan Zanjan, Qazvin, Markazi, Golestan, Mazandaran, Semnan, Bushehr, southern Khorasan, Qom, Yazd, Fars and Alborz ended.


Tahouri stressed that, to June 21 only those individuals who hold certificates or passports of refugees are allowed to live in Iran only in specified provinces.

The Georgian Foreign Ministry is not concerned about the statement of Serbian President


Statement by the President of Serbia, about the possibility of recognizing the breakaway regions of Georgia does not give reason for concern, said Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Sergi Kapanadze.

Journalist journalist "Ekho Moskvy" radio station asked the President of Serbia on the issue of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, where Tomislav Nikolic said the situation in Kosovo. According to the president of Serbia, the situation in Abkhazia and Kosovo is different from the other, so you can not use the same principles. He did not rule out consideration of the Parliament of Serbia on the issue of recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

Kapanadze said that Serbia is a candidate country for EU membership, however, Georgia and the aspirations of Serbia common actions towards integration into the European Union.

"There is no reason to worry, because there is no question of recognizing our countries have much in common from tomorrow on this issue will begin consultations with the Serbian side.." - Said Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia.

Remove Greece's Euro or they will literally destroyed (Video)

It is always interesting to hear Nigel Farage, who has a background in finance, speak and answer questions from European politicians who have a background in. .... policy. Although underestimated Nigel devastating, it will be for Greece to leave the euro in the short term (bank runs, food and energy shortages, import prices up), he did a great job to explain that this is the only long term option.

The longer they wait the more difficult short-term pain will be. If Greece itself removed from the euro and helped their new currency to float downward (it would probably depreciate about 60% or more, as discussed Nigel), and they allowed their bad banks organized by liquidating bankruptcy (protection of savings accounts) with new banks emerging with strong balance sheets clean, what kind of person would possibly keep their money in Greece?

Me. I would.

And I would not be alone. Like the smart money has already left Greece to come to the devaluation, the smart money would be the first to go after the devaluation took place. The capital of New would enter the country to buy assets at distressed prices and businesses would immediately open up within the borders of Greece to enjoy the benefits created by exporting the currency down. This new production of goods would eventually lower the cost of living within the Greek borders, and it started from an economic boom. It would just take time.

In the long term (3-5 years) Greece could be one of the strongest economies in Europe. They just need a politician who is willing to be honest with people. Who knows, if this were to happen in Greece may well be an attractive destination for moving someone like me who is business savvy and looking for a place to raise a family.


Mortgage Rates Fall Again


Today could be the best time to buy a house - if you qualify. Prices are nearly 10 years in most markets hollow, and the rate at 30 years fixed rate mortgages are at their cheapest ever.
On the mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said the average rate on a 30 year loan fell to 3.78 percent, the lowest since long-term mortgages began in the 1950s.

The average for 15 years, fixed rate mortgage, a popular option for refinancing, remained unchanged at 3.04 percent, matching the record hit last week.
Lower rates are a major reason for the housing industry is showing early signs of a recovery five years after the bubble burst and the market collapsed.

Last month's sales of previously occupied two houses and new homes increased by almost two-year highs. Manufacturers are more confident, more homes on innovating and demanding more building permits for single family homes later this year.

A slight improvement in the labor market has also made people more open to buying a home. Employers have added a million jobs over the last five months.

But home sales in total are still well below normal. Economists say it could take years before the market is completely healed.

One big reason is that banks that were burned by the 2008 financial crisis are now much more cautious about lending money to prospective homebuyers.

Mortgage rates fell because they tend to follow the yield on the 10-year notes the Treasury. Uncertainty about how Europe will solve its debt crisis led investors to buy more Treasury securities, which are considered safe investments. As the demand for treasury bills increased, the yield decreases.

-The Associated Press also contributed to this report
Richard Davies Business Correspondent ABC NEWS Radio twitter.com/daviesabc

Russia accuses both the Syrian regime and the opposition to the slaughter


The regime of President Bashar al-Assad and extremist members of the opposition are both responsible for the massacre of Houla, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday.


"It is not important for Russia, which governs," Lavrov said in comments reported by Interfax news agency. "It is important that the violence in Syria has been completed and that the destruction of life ends ", dpa reported.


Parties to the conflict to Syria should resolve differences through discussion, without "outside influence", he said. Russian officials in recent statements have largely blamed the violence continues to Syria on opposition groups have received shipments of illegal weapons from Western countries.

Two Israeli policemen sentenced to death Palestinian


A Jerusalem court convicted two Israeli policemen of negligent homicide for leaving a wounded Palestinian on a road, where he was found dead two days later.

The case has raised questions about the failures in the justice system that led to his death. The man was passed among the medical staff, prison and police before dying.
  
According to court documents, Abu Omar Jarban, a car thief who illegally resided in Israel, was injured while driving a car he stole in 2008.

A hospital gave him to the police, and after the prison clinic refused to treat him, the police abandoned on a road near the West Bank. Abu Jarban body dehydrated, hospital still wearing pants, was found two days later.

A sentencing date has not been resolved.

Bill Clinton, photographed with porn stars in Monte Carlo

Bill Clinton was photographed without her knowledge with a pair of pornographic actresses during a fundraising event in Monte Carlo.

  PHOTO: In this twitter photo posted by @jennifer_taule, Bill Clinton poses with porn stars Brooklyn Lee, right, and Tasha Reign, second left, at the "Nights in Monaco" event in Monte Carlo on Wednesday, May 23, 2012.


The former president of the United States posed with Brooklyn Lee, his colleague Tasha Reign, and their friend Jennifer Taule, who is not involved in pornography, on Wednesday evening.

Ms. Lee, the 22-year reigning "Best New Starlet" at AVN Awards in the industry, then posted the picture to his Twitter account for his 85,000 followers to see.

Mr. Clinton was attending "Nights in Monaco", a fundraising gala opening was held in Paris City Hall and in the presence of a range of A-list celebrities.

The event was held to raise money for the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and William J. of former President Clinton Foundation.

UN to regulate the Internet? HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES to examine the BILL NEXT WEEK


Hill is reporting that the U.S. House of Representatives is due to consider a proposal that would give the international United Nations more control over the Internet next week.

Supported by China, Russia, Brazil, India and other members of the international body, the proposal is to establish fire on both sides of the aisle in Congress, as members of the Obama administration move to the same criticism.

"We are very concerned," said Larry Strickling, head of the National Telecommunications Department of Commerce and Administration information.

He described this as "top-down, where regulation is really the governments that are at the table, but the rest of the stakeholders are not."

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) also stressed that China and Russia "are not exactly bastions of freedom on the Internet", and only because they support a measure, it is not exactly a reason to follow the no.

Pledging to keep the issue, Rubio said: "Any place that prohibits certain search terms should not be a leader in international regulatory frameworks Internet."

The Internet is currently governed by a "multi-stakeholder" approach that gives power to a host of nonprofit organizations rather than governments.


"We lose when we turn to a group of just governments," [Larry Strickling, head of the National Telecommunications Department of Commerce and Information Administration] said.
In an editorial earlier this year in the Wall Street Journal, [Robert McDowell, a Republican commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission] has warned that a "top-down, centralized, international regulatory overlap is the antithesis of the architecture Net. "


"The productivity, rising living standards and the spread of freedom everywhere, but especially in the developing world, would be paralyzed as the technical and business decisions become politically paralyzed in a world regulatory body," says McDowell.

"And let's face it," concluded McDowell, "muscled regimes are threatened by popular cries for political freedom which are authorized by unfettered Internet connectivity."

Nevertheless, the proposal could still get a vote at a UN conference in Dubai in December.

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