Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Fresh wave of student protests against tuition fees

Protesters gathered in Trafalgar Square in London in this latest day of student protests

This is the latest news on demonstrations by UK students fighting against fees hiked.
Students are staging demonstrations and marches across the UK in the third day of protests against increasing tuition fees and university budget cuts.
Students have been marching in central London and events are taking place in Leeds, Sheffield and Bristol.
Students have been moving quickly across the Westminster in what appears to be an attempt to avoid police "kettling" tactics.
Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg has urged students to reconsider the fee plans.
In Nottingham, protesters are claiming to have staged an occupation.
Occupations are continuing in a number of other universities, including University College London and Newcastle.
'Cat and mouse'
In freezing conditions, several hundred protesters gathered in Trafalgar Square - many appearing younger than university students.
Some youngsters ran into Whitehall and were held back by a line of police.
Mounted police have been moving through Westminster, the scene of clashes in two previous protests.
Demonstrators appear to be trying to avoid being caught in police lines, after thousands were held in a "kettle" last week.
A 19-year-old student told the BBC their strategy was to avoid being contained by police: "Whenever the police block us off, we turn round and go the other way.
"We also do not want to be panicked into violence. Smashing up windows was necessary in the beginning to get the demonstrations on the front pages, but now any violence would be counter-productive."
The protest has been broken up into groups moving quickly around the streets around Westminster.
There had been warnings from police about the risks facing younger demonstrators - with many school children having taken part in last week's protest.
MPs are expected to vote on the fees package before Christmas.
It remains uncertain whether Liberal Democrat ministers will abstain or support the proposals to raise tuition fees to £9,000 per year.
At the general election, Liberal Democrat candidates gave personal pledges to students that they would vote against any increase in fees.

Worlds Smallest Car

 (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

British constructor Perry Watkins sits in his 'Wind Up' mini car on a street in Essen, Germany, Monday, Nov. 8, 2010.

The car is listed in the Guinness book of records as the world's smallest car with a license to drive on public streets. 

Just 41 inches high, 51 inches long and only 26 inches wide the mini always finds a parking space. It can drive 60 kph and even has security belts. The car will be shown at the motor show starting Nov. 27 in Essen.

Lewisham town hall protest broken up by riot police

Four people are being questioned after riot police were called to control a protest which led to demonstrators storming a south London town hall.
Three men and a woman were arrested at Lewisham Town Hall on Monday evening after a crowd gathered to protest over council cuts and tuition fees.
Some forced their way into a council meeting and had to be removed.
The Metropolitan Police (Met) said 15 officers suffered minor injuries, with two needing hospital treatment.
Police said that one suffered a broken finger while the other was treated for the effects of inhaling smoke from flares carried by some of the protesters.
Cuts 'anger'
A Met spokesman said a 21-year-old man was arrested for violent disorder, a 31-year-old woman for aggravated trespass, a 36-year-old man for violent disorder and trespass and a 28-year-old man for possession of an offensive weapon.

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The spokesman said there had been a small protest outside the building from about 1730 GMT but the trouble flared after about 100 others arrived at 1830 GMT.
Kate Belgrave, a journalist who was at the town hall, said: "It was pretty full-on outside the town hall.
"People were told the public gallery was restricted to 28, and then they rushed at the entrance shouting 'let us in'."
Sue Luxton, who was also at the protest, said: "I was a councillor until May for the Green Party, but I'm now a teacher. I wanted to peacefully express my anger at the cuts.
'Overwhelming the police'
"Many (of the protesters) wanted to get in to hear the meeting, but they were only allowing 40 people in and there was to be no videolink room, which there often is.
"People were angry that they couldn't get in, especially as it was so cold.
"More people managed to get in by overwhelming the police after the initial 40 had gone in.
"The police sent horses, police cars, stopped the buses and cordoned off the road."
Nearby streets, including the A205 South Circular Road, were cordoned off for about an hour on Monday evening, but have now reopened.-  BBC

All hostages released from Wisconsin high school


Police were called to Marinette High School at around 1500 (2100 GMT), after the 15-year-old took over a classroom.
All of the hostages were released unharmed after a five-hour stand-off.
The student shot himself after police officers entered the classroom, police said. He was taken to a hospital, and his condition is not immediately known.
Marinette Police Chief Jeff Skorik said no other injuries had been reported.
The incident began near the end of the school day, when the male student entered a classroom with two handguns - a .22-calibre semi-automatic and a 9mm semi-automatic - and took the students and teacher hostage.
Hostage negotiating teams were sent in, but the student made no demands and did not provide any sense of why he had done it, Chief Skorik said. All contact was made through the female teacher being held.
Chief Skorik said that at 1940 (0140 GMT), the student agreed to release five of the 23 students because they had to go the the toilet.
Twenty-three minutes later, police officers deployed outside the classroom heard three gunshots, he added.
"At that time, the officers breached the door, entered the classroom and saw the suspect standing in the front of the classroom. As the officers approached him, the suspect fired one shot and injured himself."
The remaining hostages, as well as the teacher, were immediately evacuated.
"All of the students were safely removed from the school and were put on buses and reunited with their families," Chief Skorik said.
Marinette Health and Human Services has mental health counsellors talking with the parents, and the Marinette Schools Superintendent, Tim Baneck, said classes at the school would be cancelled on Tuesday.
"The high school will be closed tomorrow. We, too, will need to regroup and assess the situation, find out more as this investigation continues."
Investigators have interviewed the gunman's parents. Chief Skorik said he did not have any history with the police.

Gunman turns weapon on NATO troops in Afghanistan

A gunman in an Afghan Border Police uniform opened fire on NATO-led service members Monday, killing six of them, the International Security Assistance Force said.
The incident happened during a training mission in eastern Afghanistan, ISAF said in a statement. A joint Afghan and ISAF team are investigating.
The suspect was also killed in the incident, the statement said. - CNN

Monday, November 29, 2010

'Naked Gun' star Leslie Nielsen, dead at 84

MIAMI (AFP) - Veteran TV and movie actor Leslie Nielsen, whose dead-pan humor was immortalized in "Naked Gun" and "Airplane," died from pneumonia, TMZ celebrity website said Sunday.
Nielsen, a Canadian by birth, died Sunday in hospital near his home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, his agent told TMZ.
Nielsen's nephew, Doug Nielsen, told Canada's CJOB radio station, in Winnipeg, that his uncle died Sunday "with his friends and his wife by his side, he just fell asleep and passed away."
Born in 1926 in Canada's rugged Saskatchewan and spent part of his childhood in a fort in Canada's Northwest Territories when his Danish-born father was a constable in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
He studied acting in Toronto and New York, where he appeared in several live television shows in the 1950s and narrated several documentaries and commercials, using his distinctive voice.
He acted in serious roles in several films from the 1950s onward, including "The Poseidon Adventure" (1972), but it took his role as a clueless doctor aboard a troubled passenger jet in "Airplane" (1980) to launch his successful career as a comedic actor.
The "Naked Gun" series of three movies in 1988, 1991 and 1994 cemented Nielsen's popularity, who followed it up with other starring roles in spoofs including "Repossessed" (1990) and "2001: A Space Travesty" (2000).
Lately, Nielsen starred as the wacky US president in "Scary Movie 3" (2003) and "Scary Movie 4" (2006).
In his 1993 autobiography "The Naked Truth," Nielsen lampoons himself by making up events in his life like winning two Oscars for best actor and having an affair with Elizabeth Taylor.
Twice nominated to Emmy Awards, in 1982 for his roles in the television comedy series "Police Squad" and in 1988 for his guest work in "Day by Day" television sitcom.
He is survived by his wife of nine years and two daughters.

Nearly 100 children hurt in China school stampede

Police patrol past Muslim ethnic Uighurs on a street in Urumqi, capital of China's Xinjiang region. Nearly 100 children have been hurt in a stampede at a primary school in China's far-western Xinjiang region, state media said Monday.
 (AFP/File/Peter Parks)

BEIJING (AFP) – Nearly 100 children were hurt in a stampede Monday at a primary school in China's far-western Xinjiang region but no deaths have been reported, state media reported.
The accident occurred in the city of Aksu as school children were rushing outside to a playground around lunchtime when some students in the lead tripped and fell, Xinhua news agency said, quoting an unnamed city official.
The injured students were taken to a hospital for treatment, it said, adding that no deaths had been reported more than two hours after the accident.
The school in Aksu -- located 650 kilometres (400 miles) southwest of the regional capital Urumqi -- has more than 1,800 students, the report said.
Last week, a deadly stampede in Cambodia during the annual water festival left 351 people dead in the country's worst tragedy in decades.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Saudi women sue male guardians who stop marriage

Year after year, the 42-year-old Saudi surgeon remains single, against her will. Her father keeps turning down marriage proposals, and her hefty salary keeps going directly to his bank account.
The surgeon in the holy city of Medina knows her father, also her male guardian, is violating Islamic law by forcibly keeping her single, a practice known as "adhl." So she has sued him in court, with questionable success.
The surgeon lives in a "protection house," one of dozens scattered around the kingdom for victims of adhl and domestic violence. Under a fake name, she gets escorted to courts accompanied by guards, fearing retaliation from her father.
She recalled her last encounter with her father inside the court: "I kissed his feet. I begged him to set me free, for the sake of God. "She turns 43 next month.
Adhl cases reflect the many challenges facing single women in Saudi Arabia. But what has changed is that more women are now coming forward with their cases to the media and the law. Dozens of women have challenged their guardians in court over adhl, and one has even set up a Facebook group for victims of the practice.
The backlash comes as Saudi Arabia has just secured a seat on the governing board of the new United Nations Women's Rights Council — a move many activists have decried because of the desert kingdom's poor record on treatment of women. Saudi feminist Wajeha al-Hawaidar describes male guardianship as "a form of slavery."
"A Saudi woman can't even buy a phone without the guardian's permission," said al-Hawaidar, who has been banned from writing or appearing on Saudi television networks because of her vocal support of women's rights.
 "This law deals with women as juveniles who can't be in charge of themselves at the same time it gives all powers to men."By MAGGIE MICHAEL, Associated Press 

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Willie Nelson charged with pot possession in Texas

Willie....Willie....Willie...what have you done...... I really adore your country music infacts I'm one of your fans.......

Can't believe that you are addicted to marijuana..... but there is nothing possible especially in entertainment line.... most of the celeberities are addicted and alcoholic.

This country music legend Willie Nelson was arrested Friday morning for the alleged possession of marijuana.

According to reports, Nelson's tour bus was stopped at 9 a.m. at a Border Patrol checkpoint in Sierra Blanca, Texas, where officials found 6 ounces of marijuana.

The singer, who had been traveling from California to Austin, was then taken to Hudspeth County Jail. Nelson was charged with a misdemeanor, and bond for $2,500 was posted.

The country star has never been shy about his frequent use of pot, and this is certainly not his first brush with the law for indulging in his favorite activity.

No word on whether Willie and his crew's Thanksgiving mellow was "totally harshed" or just "way harshed" by the arrest.

Obama gets 12 stitches after errant elbow to mouth

President Barack Obama needed 12 stitches in his upper lip after taking an errant elbow during a pickup basketball game Friday morning with family and friends visiting for the Thanksgiving holiday, the White House said.
First word of the injury came in a statement from press secretary Robert Gibbs nearly three hours after the incident.
The White House did not initially name the person who caused the injury, but identified him later Friday as Rey Decerega, director of programs for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute.
Obama received the stitches under local anesthesia in the doctor's office on the ground floor of the White House after returning home. Doctors used a smaller filament than typically used, which increases the number of stitches but makes a tighter stitch and leaves a smaller scar.
The president had gone to nearby Fort McNair to indulge in a game of basketball, one of his favorite athletic pursuits. It was a five-on-five contest involving family and friends. Among the players were Obama's nephew, Avery Robinson, Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Reggie Love, Obama's personal assistant, who played at Duke University.
The White House said the injury happened during their fifth and final game when Decerega turned to take a shot and hit Obama, who was playing defense, in the mouth with his elbow.
Obama emerged from the building after about 90 minutes of play, wearing a short-sleeve T-shirt and gym pants, and was seen dabbing at his mouth with what appeared to be a wad of gauze. A few hours later, reporters who had gathered on the White House driveway for the arrival of the Christmas tree saw the president in an upstairs window, pressing an ice pack against his mouth before he stood and walked away.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Kashmir rapper uses rhymes to protest Indian rule

In this Nov.23, 2010 photo, Kashmir rapper MC Kash rehearses a song at a studio in Srinagar, India.
 (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

If you ask MC Kash, he's just speaking the truth. But Kashmir's breakout rapper's songs court rebellion and could land him in jail.
Kash calls himself a rebel who uses sharp rhymes and beats instead of stones or guns to protest India's rule over the mostly Muslim region in the Himalayas.
Kash, 20, whose real name is Roushan Illahi, has won a fan base among Kashmir's youth, whose summer uprising against Indian rule inspired his local hit "I Protest."
The lyrics — "Tales from the dark side of a murderous regime, an endless occupation of our land an' our dreams" — tread dangerously close to sedition in India, where questioning the country's claim to the disputedregion of Kashmir is illegal.
"Rap is about straight talk and telling truth in the face, however uncomfortable it may be," the rapper said on a gloomy autumn day in the region's capital, Srinagar. "Rap is rebellion. Kashmir is rebellion. MC Kash is rebellion against injustice, oppression and falsehood."
Kash admitted he was scared last month after remarks by Booker Prize-winning author Arundhati Roy questioning India's claim to Kashmir generated angry demands for her arrest.
"Then I thought, revolutionaries don't fear persecution or execution," Kash said. "If they throw me in the prison ... I'll write on the (prison) walls."
Authorities deny going after those who are using the Internet or music as an outlet for their protests, saying their focus instead is on street protesters who hurl stones at law enforcement officers.
"Youth by nature are rebellious. But if it's going out of control, we would like to check it," said Shiv Murari Sahai, a top police officer. - By AIJAZ HUSSAIN, Associated Press

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