segunda-feira, 12 de julho de 2010
Spain's victorious World Cup squad have returned to Madrid amid scenes of joyous celebration in the capital city.
Hundreds of thousands of people lined a five-mile route as the team made their way through Madrid on an open-top bus.
Captain Iker Casillas had earlier carried the trophy down the steps of the plane as the squad made a triumphant return from South Africa.
The players then went on to meet Spain's royal family and Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero.
One-third of Scotland’s small firms are relying on credit cards to fund their business, The Herald can reveal.
Nearly two years after the height of the financial crisis, many companies are still living hand-to-mouth as they struggle to borrow from cash-strapped banks.
Official survey figures from the Scottish Government show that 34% of small and medium enterprises – the businesses that account for more than half of the nation’s jobs – have turned to plastic because they cannot access credit from the big financial institutions.
A California train mooning session saw dozens of cheeky people baring their bums to passing Amtrak and Metrolink trains this weekend
It’s known as the ‘Mooning of the Amtrak’ and is a tradition that goes back 30 proud years.
It lasts all day long, with bikers, lovebirds and even OAPs baring all with great enthusiasm for the passing trains in the southern Californian city of Laguna Niguel.
Emergency services stretched as elderly affected by high temperatures
The current heat wave, which saw temperatures soar to 34 C on the island of Bornholm – the highest temperature in 16 years – is a boon to sun lovers and outdoor enthusiasts, but for many elderly people it can be life threatening.
Emergency services are feeling the pressure as more older people require assistance.
At least eight people have been injured after a tornado struck a German island in the North Sea.
The tornado hit a campsite with about 100 people on the island of Duene, off the coast of the larger island Heligoland, at 1315 GMT.
Storms have also hit other parts of the country amid a heatwave in Germany, with temperatures reaching 40C.
The Archbishop of Canterbury admitted today that it will be “desperately difficult” to keep the Church of England unified in light of its schismatic vote on women bishops.
In a heartfelt appeal for unity after a particularly fraught week, Dr Rowan Williams called on Anglicans to push ahead with the consecration of women bishops despite the fact that a minority of traditionalists, conservative evangelicals and Anglo-Catholics have threatened to leave the church over the issue.
SUNNYVALE, Calif., July 12 (UPI) -- Penthouse magazine's parent company said Monday it would bid for Playboy Enterprises Inc. as Playboy's Hugh Hefner offered to take his U.S. company private.
FriendFinder Networks Inc. Chief Executive Officer Marc Bell said his company would make an offer for Playboy Enterprises very soon.
Lawyers representing disgruntled UBS shareholders are threatening to sue the bank’s former executives for alleged malpractices that led to massive losses.
Former UBS chairman Marcel Ospel heads a list of targets for potential lawsuits following the bank’s fall from grace. The chances of legal action were boosted in April when shareholders voted against absolving 2007 executives from blame.
UBS was Europe’s worst victim of the subprime mortgage collapse, writing down some $50 billion (SFr53 billion) while share prices crashed from a high of SFr75 to a low of SFr8 in the space of two years.
The dramatic collapse led to Ospel and many other executives either stepping down or being sacked. Despite many calls to bring these former executives to account, UBS said in December last year that it would not be bringing any legal charges.
Executives at Russian energy giant Gazprom have approached German energy concern RWE to discuss the prospect of it joining the Russian-led South Stream project.
"It was just a preliminary discussion, nothing concrete," a Gazprom source told Reuters. "They are interested in entering the project".
RWE declined to comment on the talks, saying only that the rival Nabucco pipeline "is the best project for RWE at the moment".
Around 65 engineers working for lift company Otis are picketing at Dublin Airport in a dispute over redundancies at the firm.
Pickets are currently in place at the company's offices in Dublin and Cork, and at Terminal Two in Dublin Airport.
The Technical Engineering and Electrical Union claims that tomorrow its striking members from Otis intend to hold rolling pickets, where the picket moves between locations, at shopping centres where Otis is contracted to maintain equipment.
Minister for Transport Noel Dempsey has said there is no room for complacency with regard to road safety following the deaths of eight men in Co Donegal.
The men died when a black Volkswagen Passat, in which eight young men were travelling, was in collision with a red Toyota Corolla last night on the Buncrana to Clonmany Road.
The deaths bring the total number of lives lost in road crashes over the weekend to 10. Two people were also killed in separate crashes in Mayo and Tipperary at the weekend.
Fifteen years on, haunting images of the massacre that shamed Europe
On July 11, 1995, the Serbian army entered the town of Srebrenica in eastern Bosnia-Herzegovina and in the days that followed killed 8,000 Bosniak men and boys. The Srebrenica genocide was the largest mass murder in Europe since the end of World War II, and the country is still recovering from the war that ended 15 years ago. Hatidza Mehmedovic, who lost her husband and two sons in the genocide, stands in a Srebrenica cemetery.
ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A gunman opened fire at an Albuquerque fiber optics manufacturer on Monday, killing five people and wounding four others before turning the gun on himself in what police said was a domestic violence dispute.
The shooting at Emcore Corp. appeared to involve the 37-year-old gunman's ex-wife or girlfriend, police Chief Ray Schultz said. It was not immediately clear whether she was among the dead, or what caliber weapon he used.
"In a situation like this, there are other people in the building and they became, unfortunately, casualties as well," he said.
JPMorgan Chase & Co. has named former U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez as chairman of Chase Bank's Florida market and its operations in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, the bank said Monday.
As the banking giant's senior Florida executive, Martinez will also serve on JPMorgan Chase's corporate executive committee and work with its ``most senior level clients -- from businesses to large corporations to non-profits and governments,'' the bank said. Martinez will be based in Orlando.
The former Orange County mayor was the first Cuban American elected to the U.S. Senate in 2004 after serving as secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development for President George W. Bush.
Al-Shabaab, a militant Islamist Somali group linked to al Qaeda, claimed responsibility Monday for bombings in Uganda that killed 74 people, citing Ugandan troops’ participation in an African Union mission in Somalia as the reason behind the attack
AFP - Somalia's Shebab insurgent group on Monday claimed responsibility for overnight bomb blasts in Kampala that left at least 74 people dead.
"We are behind the attack because we are at war with them," Ali Mohamoud Rage, the group's top spokesman told reporters in Mogadishu.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy is expected to address allegations that he received $190,000 in illegal campaign contributions from France's richest woman, L’Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt
Nicolas Sarkozy has a lot to explain when he takes questions live on TV Monday night.
His soccer team left the World Cup in disgrace. He is accused of receiving $190,000 in illegal campaign cash from the country's richest woman, L’Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt. Amid this and other criticism, he wants to cut the national budget and raise the retirement age.
Oh yes – and the president wants to get reelected in 2012, despite facing the lowest presidential ratings in France since 1958.
The UK's Royal Society is launching a major study into human population growth and how it may affect social and economic development in coming decades.
The world's population has risen from two billion in 1930 to 6.8 billion now, with nine billion projected by 2050.
The society acknowledges it is delving into a hugely controversial area, but says a comprehensive and scientific review of the evidence is needed.
It is led by Nobel laureate Sir John Sulston of Human Genome Project fame.
The Church of England's ruling synod has decided that women bishops should be allowed, but there are further steps to take before they can be ordained.
The General Synod has given minimal concessions to traditionalist Anglicans who opposed the move.
They had sought exemptions from serving under women bishops and guaranteed access to a male alternative.
RIGA - Troubles continue to mount for one of Latvia's most prestigious newspapers, "Diena", after the chairman of the board announced his resignation late last week.
Aleksandrs Tralmaks said he would be step down from his post through spokeswoman Anna Muhka, nozare.lv reported. Muhka said a board meeting would be called to find a new candidate for the post.
Tralmaks took control of Diena almost exactly one year ago after his company, "Nedela S.A.", bought the newspaper from Swedish shareholder ''Bonnier AB''.
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse has been knocked off the top of the North American box office after one week by animated 3D film Despicable Me.
The new number one took $60.1m (£40.2m) while vampire sequel Eclipse took $33.4m (£22.3m), according to early studio estimates.
Despicable Me tells the story of a villain, voiced by Steve Carell, who plans to steal the moon.
Predators, an update of the 1987 sci-fi classic, opened in third place.
UK digital champion Martha Lane Fox wants to get everyone of working age online by 2012.
The Networked Nation Manifesto, published today, also highlights the lack of net access "among the disadvantaged, unemployed and retired".
David Cameron backed the campaign, saying that "digital inclusion is essential for a modern dynamic economy".
However, the issue of who will pay for it all has yet to be addressed.
The Ministry of Defence has unveiled its prototype unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV).
Taranis is a concept design for a long-range strike plane that has taken over three million man hours to produce.
Defence Minister Gerald Howarth said it was a "truly trailblazing project" and featured "the best of our nation's advanced design and technology".
The aircraft is due to begin flight trials early next year.
Google has released tools that "make it easy for anyone to create programs for Android phones".
Much like Lego, App Inventor lets people drag "blocks" of code around to create applications.
Google said it had been working on the system for a year and were pitched at those with little knowledge of programming.
China's frothy property market may have peaked after a government clampdown on speculators, new data has shown.
Property prices across 70 cities fell 0.1% in June compared with May - the first monthly fall since February 2009.
Meanwhile, separate trade figures released at the weekend showed exports surging, but imports lagging.
47% of luxury holidaymakers declare no income; some claim “social card” benefits
Ministers were accused of establishing a 'two-tier NHS' tonight after they said hospitals would be allowed to set more wards aside to treat private patients.
Health secretary Andrew Lansley said he wanted to see the end of the 'arbitrary' cap - imposed by Labour - on the amount of money hospitals can earn from private patients.
He suggested that wards which end up being closed as hospitals continue to reduce the number of beds could in the future be set aside for private patients.
Up to seventy-five firefighters are tonight battling a dramatic blaze in the top floors of a residential tower block.
The entire roof of the building was engulfed by fierce flames and thick black smoke could be seen billowing into the sky from several miles away.
It was unclear what sparked the early evening blaze in the 15-storey building - although emergency services said there had been no reported casualties.
A mother-of-two died from a rare brain condition after it was repeatedly mistaken for pregnancy complications by doctors.
Sally Meehan, 39, sought medical help from a number of experts but was forced to endure six months of painful headaches after she was turned away each time with different diagnoses.
The talented singer and wife of one of Britain's top songwriters was carrying her second child at the time and was told she had pregnancy-related symptoms.
The Army on Monday said it will file a review petition against the Armed Forces Tribunal (AFT) order to correct the records of the 1999 Kargil war following allegations by a Brigadier that the battle accounts were fudged.
The petition is likely to be moved in the next couple of days.
“The Army has decided to file an appeal in the AFT in the Brigadier Davinder Singh case. The Army records show that there is no reason to correct them, as they are based on battle performance reports filed by other senior officers,” an Army officer in the headquarters here said.
The Plan panel would be ready with the final draft of the Integrated Action Plan (IAP) for development of the 35 Naxal-hit districts spread over nine states in a month's time. "The Commission should be ready with the final draft of IAP in a month as consultations with organisations like civil societies are still on," Member Planning Commission Mihir Shah told reporters after a meeting on IAP with non-government organisation in New Delhi.
Asked about financial package for the development of infrastructure such as roads, electricity and drinking water in these 35 districts, he said, "It is yet to be finalised".
Shah said funding under the IAP would be done for three years. There are suggestions from civil societies that in the naxal hit districts, Panchayti Raj institutions like Gram Sabha and Panchayat should be used for inclusive development.
Malaysia's Human Resources Minister S Subramaniam has slapped a lawsuit on the publisher of a local Tamil daily and a leader of his Malaysian-Indian dominated party for allegedly defaming him by publishing "false" articles. Subramaniam has named Tamil newspaper Makkal Osai's publisher Makkal Osai Sdn Bhd, its printer FKZ Printing Sdn Bhd and its rter K Devandran as defendants in his suit, along with former Malaysian Indian Congress division chairman V Subramaniam.
Subramanian claimed the defendants had published, printed and or caused the publication or circulation of three "false articles" in the Tamil newspaper on his personal and official capacity with malicious intent, Star online reported on Monday.
The minister who is also MIC vice-president contended that the articles published by the newspaper this year implied that he was not a qualified leader, was a hypocrite, and an untrustworthy politician, Star said.
PUTRAJAYA, July 12 (Bernama) -- The Home Ministry on Monday gave the PAS party organ, Harakah, seven days to reply to its show-cause letter on the publication and distribution of the newspaper of which the permit had expired.
The ministry's secretary-general Datuk Seri Mahmood Adam said the grace period to reply to the letter was from Monday, failing which stern action would be taken against Harakah including suspending its publication.
He said although PAS secretary-general Datuk Mustafa Ali and Harakah managing director Datuk Kamaruddin Jaafar came to the ministry today to explain Harakah's case, the ministry still required a written explanation to facilitate its investigation.