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Seen this he fair gets around .....wonder if he has a more understanding manner than conservative MSP`s Like John Scott with regard to Miscarriages of Justice and mistakes made by police etc . Doubt it very much then again you never know they might take their blinkers off one day. Especially with Mr Pearsons past jobs hope he remembers not everyone is guilty till proven innocent ..and it DOES matter when mistakes are made by the justice system.  


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A tasteless iDea? Steve Jobs is immortalised as an action-figure just three months after his death


By DAILY MAIL REPORTER

Last updated at 12:40 PM on 3rd January 2012



Just three months after Steve Jobs passed away, a pair of toy companies have unveiled an action-figure of the late Apple CEO. 

Called the iCEO mini, it's a 12-inch action figure made in his likeness. 

Toy companies in icons and Dragon in Dream unveiled the figure yesterday in tribute to the tech visionary who gave the world the Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod.

Poor taste: Late Apple CEO Steve Jobs has been immortalised as an action-figure

Poor taste: Late Apple CEO Steve Jobs has been immortalised as an action-figure

High price tag: The 'toys' are retailing at $99.99

High price tag: The 'toys' are retailing at $99.99

The figure features Jobs' trademark black turtleneck, jeans and sandshoes. 

Publicity photos feature a miniature Mac, iPhone and iPad, but the accessories will not be included.

The figure is due for release in late February for $99.99 plus shipping.

How long will it last? The toy companies behind the figures could face action from Apple or Steve Jobs' family

How long will it last? The toy companies behind the figures could face action from Apple or Steve Jobs' family

Apple or Jobs's family might take action to block the use of Jobs' likeness, as they did in 2010 when a company called MIC Gadget attempted to sell Jobs action figures on eBay.

But Dragon In Dream has managed to release unauthorised figures in the past, depicting such famous people as US President Barack Obama.

Steve Jobs died on October 5 last year after a seven-year battle with pancreatic cancer.

Apple CEO Tim Cook announced the news of Jobs's death to Apple employees via e-mail, in which he said: 'I have some very sad news to share with all of you. Steve passed away earlier today.

'No words can adequately express our sadness at Steve’s death or our gratitude for the opportunity to work with him. 

'We will honour his memory by dedicating ourselves to continuing the work he loved so much.'

Immortalised: But Apple or the late CEO's family could block sales of the new action figure

Immortalised: But Apple or the late CEO's family could block sales of the new action figure



Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2081404/Steve-Jobs-action-figure-immortalises-late-CEO-3-months-death.html#ixzz1iQmV5KAa

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BBC tells journalists to stop calling hate preacher Abu Qatada 'an extremist' - and they can't show pictures of him looking fat either (but we can, so here he is!)

  • The term 'extremist' suggest a value judgement, say Beeb bosses
  • Cleric should instead be described as 'radical'

BBC journalists have been told not to call hate preacher Abu Qatada an 'extremist'.

Using such a term to describe the man once called 'Osama bin Laden’s right-hand man in Europe', is making a 'value judgment' and should be avoided, bosses have said.

The corporation’s managers have insisted he should be described as 'radical', according to meeting notes seen by the Telegraph.

Journalists were also advised not to use images that suggest the preacher is overweight, the paper says.

Dangerous: BBC bosses have discouraged staff from describing Abu Qatada as an extremist. They have also been told to avoid using pictures of him in which he looks fat

Dangerous: BBC bosses have discouraged staff from describing Abu Qatada as an extremist. They have also been told to avoid using pictures of him in which he looks fat

Earlier this week an immigration judge ruled that the Muslim preacher - who former Home Secretary David Blunkett described as 'extraordinarily dangerous' - should be released from jail.

Despite Home Secretary Theresa May's insistence that 'the right place for a terrorist is in a prison cell', he is expected to walk free from Long Lartin high security prison in Worcestershire on Monday.

Even his defence team has suggested he poses a 'grave risk' to national security.

Despite this, BBC journalists were told they should avoided calling Qatada an extremist.

The guidance was issued at the BBC newsroom’s 9.00am editorial meeting yesterday, chaired by a senior manager, Andrew Roy.

According to notes of the meeting, seen by The Daily Telegraph, journalists were told: 'Do not call him an extremist – we must call him a radical. Extremist implies a value judgment.'

The guidance has been met with criticism from MPs and experts.

Maajid Nawaz of counter-extremist think-tank Quilliam, says the BBC has 'liberal paralysis' over Islamic extremism, adding that journalists have to be honest about Qatada’s record.

He told Mail Online: 'A radical is someone who is different from the norm. An extremist is someone who promotes extreme views and actions, like killing innocents.'

BBC bosses saying they should avoid making 'value judgments' when describing the radical preacher

BBC journalists were told that they should avoid making 'value judgments' when describing the radical preacher

Conservative MP James Clappison, a member of the Home Affairs Select Committee, said: 'Given the evidence about this man, it makes you wonder what you have to do for the BBC to call you an extremist.'

BBC staff were also advised not to use library images that show the cleric looking overweight, because he has 'lost a lot of weight'.

A BBC spokesman told Mail Online: 'It is not uncommon for us to discuss how we cover stories impartially and we always think very carefully about the language we use.

'We do not ban words - the notes are a reflection of a live editorial discussion about how to report the latest developments on this story.

'In terms of pictures, as with any story, this is a reminder to use the most up-to-date photos for accuracy.'

The guidance comes after the BBC warned journalists to try to avoid using the word 'terrorist' after the July 7 bombings in 2005.

In an advisory memo sent to all BBC journalists, the Corporation said that 'terrorist' is politically loaded and should be used only 'sparingly'.


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Top that Grasshopper! Jaw dropping moment Samurai cuts in half 200mph BB gun pellet fired at him from 200 yards away.

 


It is the stuff you only see in Hollywood films.

A sword-wielding Samurai cuts a pea sized bullet traveling 200 miles per hour, fired at him from 70 feet away.

But this is real-life and the super human feat has been achieved by Isao Machii, a modern-day Samurai who started honing his unbelievable sword skills when he was a child.

 

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2109356/Jaw-dropping-Samurai-cuts-BB-gun-pellet-fired-half.html


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Rangers FC is up for sale

 

http://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/scotsol/homepage/news/4179620/Rangers-FC-is-up-for-sale.html

 


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The Blue Knights Masonic Connection:

 

 

Not generally evident on the scale of international peace operations is the rôle of the indigenous police force. It must generally be the case that they have been unable to maintain social order. Despite this, they could be a major source of intelligence. The ability of incoming Peacemaking and Peacekeeping forces to tap into this potentially valuable source of intelligence

 

 

 

 

 

The world has become a more turbulent place, particularly since the end of the Cold War. In place of the stabilising standoff of Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) between the US and the former USSR, now there is conflict between and within nations.

An "-ology" is emerging which seeks to understand and address the phenomenon of human conflict. It is called Conflict Management

Conflict Management is the art, science, skill and practice of preventing, controlling and resolving conflict. Conflict Management operates at any level from personal acrimony, through community and society up to and including national and international conflict.

The principles of Conflict Management have been forged from hard experience. In part, that experience has been gained through UN, US, UK and other interventions, some less successful than others. Further principles and practices of Conflict Management have also emerged from policing at the local level. In both circumstances, and as is so often the way in human affairs, more has been learned the hard way from "doing it wrong." Conflict Management builds on that hard-earned understanding.

At international level, the UN reluctantly conducts so-called Peace Operations - interventions into (generally) fully-developed conflagrations between nations or ethnic/tribal groups. Conventional forces are used to establish and maintain relative order. Such forces, contributed by UN-member nations, form a so-called multi-national Peacekeeping force. It is generally the case that such forces have been trained and exercised in combat, not peacekeeping. Further the various national contingents will have received different kinds and degrees of training. Retraining combat troops for policing duties is time-consuming, expensive and unlikely to be entirely successful - the very essence of policing, with its reluctance ever to use deadly force, is alien to them. Subsequently, training them back to combat duties is also costly.

At local level the issues may range from social disorder to ethnic cleansing. In less exacerbated circumstances, crime may be the chief concern. Here again, Conflict Management applies - or rather could, even should, apply.

Whether at international or local level there is an increasing need for Conflict Managers to anticipate, control and resolve the rising tide of conflict, dispute crime and disorder. Traditionally, Conflict Managers have been called Peace Officers - for that is what they are.

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From almost nowhere, Qatar has emerged as a regional super-power

Thanks to oil and gas, Qatar is now the world’s richest country based on per capita income. Its 1.7 million population enjoyed economic growth of 20 per cent in 2011, one of the fastest worldwide. With such energy riches has come political ambition. From almost nowhere, Qatar has emerged as a regional super-power. Its list of friends is long and unorthodox: from the U.S. and Iran, to Hamas and the Taliban, which both have ‘offices’ in its capital, Doha.

 

 

 

How Qatar bought Britain: They own the Shard. They own the Olympic Village. And they don't care if their Lamborghinis get clamped when they shop at Harrods (which is theirs, too)

 


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A trial scheme in Texas turned homeless

people into walking internet hotspots.

 

And instead of handing over money to pay

for a Street or Big Issue newspaper,

passers-by simply pay to log on.

 

 

Fury as homeless people are turned into walking wi-fi hotspots at $2 per 15 minutes

 


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Private jets, 13 mansions and a $100,000 mobile home just for the dogs: Televangelists 'defrauded tens of million of dollars from Christian network'


Two former employees of the world's largest Christian television channel Trinity Broadcasting Network are accusing the non-profit of spending $50 million of its funding on extravagant personal expenses.

Among purchases, the network founded by Televangelists Paul and Jan Crouch, is accused of misappropriating its 'charitable assets' toward a $50 million jet, 13 mansions and a $100,000-mobile home for Mrs Crouch's dogs.

Their granddaughter, Brittany Koper, 26, recently filed her allegations in court after a brief appointment as the network's chief finance director in July.

Accused: Brittany Koper, center, recently filed a suit accusing the Trinity Broadcasting Network, its founders Janice Crouch (left) and Paul Crouch Sr (far right), in squandering $50 million of its funding

Accused: Brittany Koper, center, recently filed a suit accusing the Trinity Broadcasting Network, its founders Janice Crouch (left) and Paul Crouch Sr (far right), in squandering $50 million of its funding

She claims she was fired in September after discovering the 'illegal financial schemes' according to the lawsuit obtained by the Los Angeles Times, and consequently reporting them to Mr Crouch.

Her lawsuit follows a second by another former employee and Koper in-law, Joseph McVeigh, the uncle of Mrs Koper's husband, Michael Koper, who detailed the opulent spending by the Christian network.



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Loudspeakers at Forth Valley Royal Hospital warn smokers

Forth Valley Hospital

The loudspeakers will be fitted outside the hospital's main entrance

Smokers who light up outside a central Scotland hospital will trigger an alarm and loudspeaker message telling them to stop.

Health chiefs hope the measure will help deter smokers outside Forth Valley Royal Hospital who are "continually" ignoring no-smoking signs.

Smoking is banned throughout the grounds of the £300m hospital near Larbert, which opened in 2010.

The smoking alarms will be installed at the main entrance.

NHS Forth Valley said it wanted to see a "cultural change", where people no longer found it acceptable to smoke outside the hospital.

If the alarm proves a successful deterrent, they will also be fitted to other entrances.


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Shocking: One officer is pointing a weapon at the other, who is posing on the bonnet of the unit¿s Land Rover Defender armoured car. Both are also armed with Glock handguns

Police launched the investigation after the

picture was found on a computer during an unrelated

raid on another officer's home.

 

It shows the specialist armed cops in full kit, including body armour.

 

One officer is pointing

a weapon at the other, who is

posing on the bonnet of the unit's

Land Rover Defender armoured car.

 

Both are also armed with Glock handguns.

 

 

 


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Tight corner: The brazen rider does all he can to escape the officers behind, but is eventually caught

Ignoring the blaring siren and pouring rain,

the Czech rider tears down the busy road at incredible speed,

before slipping past a

white van.

 

The rider is using a technique called

'drafting' - using the slipstream of a

van in front to reduce the effects of drag.


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Anonymous takes down Home Office website

Anonymous took credit for 'hacking' the Home Office website because of draconian surveillance proposals

Anonymous took credit for 'hacking' the Home Office

website because of draconian surveillance proposals

A screen grab of the Home Office website shows that 'a communication error occurred' 

Anonymous takes down Home Office website in attack against Government surveillance plans


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