sexta-feira, 16 de julho de 2010
Swigging from bottles of vodka and whisky, the rowdy pupils pose for a mocking video - filmed inside their own school.
One clip shows them going on the rampage in the sixth-form common room, brandishing a bottle of champagne while brazenly recording themselves for Facebook.
A second video clip - now in the hands of police - appears to show drunken pupils shoplifting and mugging a pizza delivery man for his phone or MP3 player.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will on Saturday attend an informal OSCE foreign ministerial meeting in Kazakhstan.
The informal summit will discuss global security, the situations in Kyrgyzstan after violent ethnic clashes and in Afghanistan, as well as Russia's European security treaty initiative.
Violent clashes between ethnic Kyrgyz and Uzbeks in southern Kyrgyzstan broke out in the city of Osh on June 11 and then spread to the neighboring Jalalabad region. Unofficial estimates put the death toll at about 2,000 people, while half a million may have been made homeless by the violent pogroms, which saw thousands of homes burned.
The US has raised concerns about the release of the Lockerbie bomber, after the foreign secretary said the decision to free him was "a mistake".
William Hague spoke to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who said Britain may wish to explain the circumstances behind Abdelbaset al-Megrahi's release.
Four US senators believe oil giant BP lobbied for the move to secure a deal with Libya.
The Scottish government said Megrahi was freed on compassionate grounds.
It has denied having any contact with BP before its decision last year to release the Libyan intelligence officer convicted of the 1988 bombing which killed 270 people, most of them Americans.
Hong Kong, China (CNN) -- Tropical Storm Conson was downgraded from a typhoon early Saturday, a day after the deadly storm roared into China, along the southern tip of the island of Hainan.
Conson is forecast to move through the Gulf of Tonkin on Saturday, making a final landfall in northern Vietnam, near Hanoi, in the afternoon, according to CNN World Weather.
The storm, which killed at least 39 people during its westward march across the Philippines this week, had maximum sustained winds of 112 kph (70 mph) Saturday, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center. At one point Friday morning, the storm's winds reached 139 kph (86 mph), making it the equivalent of a Category 1 hurricane when it reached China.
LONDON, July 16 (UPI) -- British Premier David Cameron's battle with social networking site Facebook over a page that glorified a dead killer has prompted a debate on free speech on the Internet.
"R.I.P. Raoul Moat You Legend" -- that was the title of a now taken-down page on Facebook that had attracted nearly 40,000 fans. Moat, a former bouncer addicted to steroids and apparently madly in love, last week shot his ex-girlfriend, killer her new lover and seriously injured a police officer. After having vowed to fight authorities until the end, Moat killed himself after British police had staged one of the largest manhunts in recent history.
Cameron, who after his election chatted with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, turned against the social networking site when it refused to shut down the Moat support page.
MATSUYAMA, Ehime Pref. (Kyodo) Sumo stablemaster and former grand champion Takanohana met with a yakuza member in Ehime Prefecture in early June, prefectural police sources said Friday, revealing what could be another example of ties between the mob and the ancient sport.
A €360m research investment unveiled by the government today will create almost 2,500 jobs and help drive Ireland's economic recovery, the Taoiseach pledged.
The initiative is one of the biggest financial boosts to the sector in the history of the state.
It will see a range of projects undertaken at universities and colleges across the country through the ongoing Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions (PRTLI).
The construction of many new infrastructure developments such as laboratories and research facilities will also be funded.
The announcement comes hot on the heels of the launch in New York earlier this week of the Government's €500m Innovation Fund Ireland, which aims to foster a new culture of entrepreneurialism in the country.
The key-sized electronic passes carried faithfully by Istanbul public-transit patrons are being phased out in favor of a scannable card, leaving many riders wondering why the change is being made and where the extra money is going.
“This is only being done to let some people earn money out of nothing. Nothing has changed for us,” one rider said Tuesday while waiting at a bus stop in the city’s Eminönü district, a busy transit hub. The 68-year-old retiree, who declined to give his name, said he had paid 10 Turkish Liras to get one of the new transit cards across the Golden Horn in Karaköy.
“If I give my Akbil back, I will get six liras in return, but they will be earning four liras from each of us. And for what service?” the man told the Hürriyet Daily News & Economic Review.
GRUNWALD - Thousands of tourists and history buffs have joined Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite and her Polish counterpart to commemorate the 600th anniversary of the victory of Polish-Lithuanian forces over the Teutonic knights in one of the middle-ages' most important battles.
"Today is a very special day. Today, on this historic battlefield, we celebrate one of the greatest victories in our history - a victory that ended more than one hundred year long aggression against the region," Grybauskaite said.
It reminds us all how much we can achieve when we are together. I am speaking not only about Lithuanians and Poles. I have in mind here all of us who 600 years ago participated in the Battle of Grunwald and made victory possible," she said.
Ruisrock, one of Europe's longest-standing rock fests, celebrated 40 years of success in 2010 – and in 2011 its home city, Turku, is European Capital of Culture. The spirit of the sunny festival weekend shines through in our slideshow.
What a scene! Just outside of Turku, southwestern Finland, surrounded by lush forests and fields on the island of Ruissalo (Rye Woodland), bungee jumpers dangle and scream. Their cries are lost, however, in the rock music issuing from a stage about 100 metres away.
Between the bungee and the band, the audience sits, stands, dances, claps, shouts and – swims. This is the Beach Stage, one of five at the Ruisrock Festival, and true to its name, it’s located on a large beach – a definite plus when you want to cool off in the hot weather without disrupting your concert experience.
MOSCOW/SUKHUMI/MANAGUA, July 17 (RIA Novosti) - The presidents of Abkhazia and South Ossetia will on Saturday start official visits to Nicaragua and Venezuela - two of the four countries that have recognized the former Georgian republics' independence.
Sergei Bagapsh and Eduard Kokoity plan to conclude friendship and cooperation agreements with the countries. Bagapsh will head to Nicaragua this night from the southern Russian resort of Sochi, and Kokoity in the morning from Moscow.
Abkhazian Prime Minister Sergei Shamba told RIA Novosti that the two presidents have different agendas despite the fact that they fly to the same places.
Television viewers can soon expect to pay less for their BBC licence fee as part of the austerity drive in public spending, Jeremy Hunt, the Culture Secretary, will signal on Saturday
The broadcaster has been responsible for “extraordinary and outrageous” waste in recent years and needs to recognise the “very constrained financial situation” the country is now in, Mr Hunt says.
In an interview in today’s Daily Telegraph, Mr Hunt says the broadcaster needs to change “huge numbers” of things that it does, warning the management that they should not interpret his silence on the issue of the licence fee since the election as a sign that he is happy with it.
In his most explicit statement yet on the future of the £145.50 a year levy, the Culture Secretary says that he can “absolutely” see viewers paying less following next year’s negotiations between the government and the BBC.
Responding to a question over whether the fee could fall at the next settlement, he says: “Yes I could. Absolutely. I think that’s the discussion that we need to have.
Blair in secret talks with Gaddafi: Lockerbie families' fury as ex-Premier is treated like a 'brother' by dictator just days after denying links with Libya
Tony Blair was flown to Libya for secret talks with Colonel Gaddafi just days after denying he was an adviser to the dictator.
Mr Blair was 'entertained as a brother', a senior Libyan government source has revealed.
He told the Daily Mail that the former prime minister had offered Gaddafi, with whom he is on first-name terms, 'a great deal of invaluable advice'.
TUCSON, July 16 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say they've genetically engineered a "malaria-proof" mosquito that would not spread the deadly disease.
Researchers at the University of Arizona introduced a gene into mosquitoes affecting the insects' gut, where malarial parasites that can infect humans develop, BBC news reported Friday.
They said the altered gene affects a "signaling molecule" affecting the mosquitoes' cells, preventing the parasite from developing, the BBC said.
Film review: Leonardo DiCaprio teams up with The Dark Knight's Christopher Nolan to produce the sure-fire smash hit of the summer, Inception
‘From the director of The Dark Knight’ trumpet the adverts – and it’s truly writer/director Christopher Nolan’s vision, rather than Leonardo DiCaprio, that is the star of this action sci-fi. Cobb (DiCaprio, pictured) is an expert in ‘extraction’, breaking and entering into other people’s dreams and stealing their secrets. It’s a gift that’s cost him his family and made him a fugitive.
Then he’s offered one last shot at redemption by pulling off an ‘inception’ – planting an idea into someone’s unconscious – aided by his pals Ellen ‘Juno’ Page, Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and, of course, Sir Michael Caine. ‘Spectacular’ and ‘wow’ are the words that repeatedly spring to mind as you attempt to navigate the Memento-like maze of Nolan’s latest achingly intelligent blockbuster.
Hundreds of community groups and after-schools clubs in Scotland could face closure in a major shake-up of National Lottery funding.
Under UK Government plans, the Big Lottery Fund (Big) – which has a remit to help communities and people most in need – will lose funding worth up to £15 million a year.
It will also be barred from funding projects linked to the public sector.
This will leave hundreds of clubs, sports coaching and other programmes linked to primary and secondary schools without funding, as well as threaten many grassroots programmes.
Under the changes, ministers propose to cut Big’s proportion of lottery cash from 50% to 40%, and increase the share allocated to sports, heritage and the arts from 16% to 20% each.
DISGRACED surgeon Jayant Patel has blamed his manslaughter convictions on a string of judicial errors.
He claims the jury was allowed to hear days of testimony that should have been ruled inadmissible.
Bundaberg Base Hospital's former director of surgery was last month convicted of the manslaughter of three patients and causing the grievous bodily harm of another.
But in a notice filed in Queensland's Court of Appeal on Thursday, Patel claims the jury's verdicts "were unreasonable and not open to the evidence".
In early June -- months into the trial and following days of legal argument -- prosecutors were forced to change the legal and evidentiary premise of their case. Rather than proving Patel operated in an incompetent manner, prosecutors were to focus on the surgeon's pre- and post-operative decisions.
The state Congress is impressing upon the Centre on the need for a CBI probe into illegal mining, citing violations under FERA and other related provisions, which can be done when a state government declines to do so on its own.
A delegation of Congressmen led by assembly opposition leader Siddaramaiah and KPCC president R V Deshpande will meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, finance minister Pranab Mukherjee and AICC president Sonia Gandhi on Saturday.
The Congress has declined Yeddyurappa's offer to accompany him to meet the PM and others on the same issue. He is meeting the leaders seeking a ban on iron-ore export.
In the early 1940s, engineers of the Third Reich conducted a series of tests that involving firing Henschel HS 293 glider bombs into the Baltic Sea. They were disheartened when the tests failed, because the steering systems of the massive projectile didn't work properly.
Now, almost 70 years later, one of the bombs -- weighing in at about 1,000 kilograms (2,200 lbs) -- has been found in the path of the 1,220-kilometer (763-mile) pipeline that will link Germany to Russia's natural gas network. Early last week, specialists used a crane to hoist the obstacle out of the Baltic Sea near Lubmin, a coastal town in the northeastern state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.
WASHINGTON, July 16 (UPI) -- Federal officials warned the U.S. public against using certain stolen Advair Diskus inhalers, saying their safety and effectiveness can't be assured.
Advair Diskus is an inhaler used to treat patients with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
About 25,600 inhalers were stolen in August 2009 from a GlaxoSmithKline warehouse near Richmond, Va., the Federal Drug Administration said Friday in a release. Devices found recently were the first from the stolen lots to surface, but federal officials said more stolen inhalers may be on the market.
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Zhukov will visit Armenia Saturday, the Armenian government reported.
During the visit, Zhukov is to meet with Armenian Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan.
The sides will sign bilateral documents, in particular, agreements between the two countries' national Olympic committees.
MIAMI, July 16 (UPI) -- Florida health officials have issued health advisories after a Miami man was diagnosed with a suspected case of dengue fever, authorities said.
The advisory by the Miami-Dade Health Department follows a reported outbreak of the mosquito-borne viral disease in Key West, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Thursday.
"We're concerned that if dengue gains a foothold in Key West, it will travel to other southern cities where the mosquito that transmits dengue is present, like Miami," Harold Margolis of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.
SHAH ALAM (July 16, 2010): About 100 people gathered at the Plaza Masalam here today to mark the one-year anniversary for the death of political aide Teoh Beng Hock, who fell from the Selangor headquarters of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) at Plaza Masalam here.
The crowd, including members of DAP, Parti Keadilan Rakyat and PAS, had gathered outside the lobby of the building at 10am, holding chrysanthemums in their hands.
After a prayer session by the Teoh family on the fifth floor where Teoh had fallen from following an interrogation session conducted by the MACC, Beng Hock's younger sister Lee Lan said her family is anxious to know why the truth has yet to be uncovered although her brother has died a year now.
CHICAGO, July 16 (UPI) -- Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry is accepting applications from people willing to spend a month living at the facility for a $10,000 paycheck.
The Museum of Science and Industry said it is accepting applications on the Web site monthatthemuseum.org from people interested in spending 30 full days and nights at the facility and posting about the experience on YouTube, Twitter and a blog, the Chicago Tribune reported Friday.
The bodies of seven Ethiopian and Eritrean victims of the Uganda bomb attacks have been sent home to their native countries for burial. Members of the Ethiopian and Eritrean expatriate communities face suspicion from all sides, in a city shaken by the realization that it is the latest front in Somalia's war.
A crowd of about 100 mourners gathered at Kampala's tiny Ethiopian Orthodox church Friday to remember 32-year-old Getayewakal Tessema, the only Ethiopian killed in the Kampala terror blasts.
Eritreans in the Ugandan capital held a similar service for six members of their community who also died in the attack on an Ethiopian restaurant, where fans were watching the World Cup soccer final.
A number of shots were fired during an attempted robbery of a cash-in-transit vehicle at a shopping centre in Co Meath this morning.
The incident occurred at the Beechmount Centre on the Trim Road in Navan at about 11.30am.
Security staff delivering cash to the centre were targetted by two men who demanded they be given money. One of the men was armed with a handgun.