Archive for February, 2011

February 28, 2011

Google in trouble as email accounts wiped in error

[Julian Paccard, Google News Contributor]


BBC News reports that Gmail users in their thousands have had their email accounts wiped clean in an embarrassing mishap for the Internet giant, Google.

Emails, contacts, images and documents stored in the accounts have been affected. The company is saying that the problem has affected only 0.8% of its users and for some of them, it managed a fix by restoring the data, and also that the restoration work for the others is still ongoing.

Google has around 200 million Gmail accounts.

[Technology Contributor]

February 28, 2011

Hip Spin at No. 10 Downing Street

[Tom Hendrics, UK  News Contributor]

[News & Picture Source: Mail Online]

Mail Online paints a satirical view of UK Prime Minister‘s new Press Chief, Craig Oliver, who arrived this week at Downing Street replete with trendy gear: “The stride is purposeful, the gaze resolutely focused. If only he didn’t look like a man who was late for his Cycling Proficiency Test”!

With a salary of £140,000 per year, Mr. Oliver is scheduled to be Lord Mandelson of the Tory party.  He is a former controller of BBC global news and has a career that spans the prominent TV networks. Mr. Oliver is a former policeman and is claimed to be ‘a formidable journalist’ by Mr. Cameron, according to Mail Online.

[Politics Contributor]

February 28, 2011

Green Investor’s Guide

[Helen Williams, Financial News Contributor]

[Primary news source: Institutional Investor]

CERES is a forward-thinking grouping of investors, public interest groups and environmental groups. This week it published a report called “Disclosing Climate Risks and Opportunities in SEC Filings: A Guide For Corporate Executives, Attorneys and Directors” .

The report seeks to assist companies in understanding how disclosure of climate change risk material in their SEC filings can aid investment opportunities and also enable them, as investors, to be better at working out investment risks and opportunities.

Institutional Investor reports that according to  Bruce M. Kahn, Senior Investment Analyst at Deutsche Asset Management which manages over $700 billion: “The Ceres report helps clarify what is going on and gives a nice framework to help to identify, disclose and understand what the real risks are….the key to disclosure is specificity and accountability”. The journal also notes  Mindy Lubber, president of Ceres saying in the report: Companies should bear in mind that climate risk is but one of many environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) risks that have financial impacts”.

The SEC guidelines require US companies to disclose all material risks. These and other authoritative reports are stressing that climate change is a ‘material disclosure’ as it can have a serious affect in an investment risk scenario.

[Finance & Economy Contributor – USA]

February 27, 2011

Black Mayor for Slovenia

[Alexey Sundman, European News Contributor]

The Slovenian city of  Piran late last year elected Peter Bossman as its first black mayor.  A Ghana-born doctor, he is the first black person to be elected to a mayorship in the former Yugoslavia. He was a candidate of the Social Democrats (SD).

Mr Bossman arrived in the country from Ghana in the 1980s as a medical student when it was still part of  Yugoslavia. He defeated the previous Mayor of Piran by a narrow margin gaining 51.4% of the vote.  Dr. Bossman says that people no longer saw his skin colour as an issue and that it was clear by his victory that Slovenia is a mature and democratic country.

According to BBC News, he said that he was: “happy and proud” to serve. “I based my campaign on a dialogue, and I think the dialogue has won”. He plans to introduce electric cars to Piran, a city of some 15,000 people a mix of Slovenians, Italians, Croats, Bosnians, and others. He is also planning for an airport and golf course for the city to boost its tourist revenue.

The 54-year-old Mayor had planned to return to Ghana after completing his medical studies, but had decided not to do so after marrying a fellow doctor of Croatian origin. Only a small number of Slovenians are of African origin and although he had experienced racial discrimination in past years, for the last 10 to 15 years he has had no problems at all. “...  I think people no longer see the colour of my skin when they look at me..” .

February 27, 2011

Back to the Future – breast milk ice cream goes on sale in London

[Sarah Brown, Health News Contributor]

First there was ‘Terminator’s’ Skynet, now there’s Mumsnet, a mums website providing donors for Britain’s newest ice cream fresh from the breasts of the country’s mums.

Last week,  a London restaurant started dishing out its new ice cream made with breast milk.  The treat, called Baby Gaga, is made with donations from London mother Victoria Hiley and other mums and comes with a rusk and a dollop of either Calpol, or Bonjela. Each serving costs £14.

The breast milk is screened for health and pasteurised before having Madagascan vanilla pods and lemon zest integrated in the mixture. The health checks for the lactating women are identical to those employed by hospitals for screening blood donors.

The Icecreamatologist and restaurant owner Matt O’Connor, had placed an ad in Mumsnet asking for mums to donate breast milk for the new ice cream and Mrs. Hiley and 14 other women had offered their services. Mums get £15 for each once of breast milk donated. Mr. O’Connor said:  “No-one’s done anything interesting with ice cream in the last hundred years,” . He has not yet said what plans the restaurant has for introducing other human product treats to its customers.

So what do you think? Will you try it? If you do, let us know what you think. In the meantime, you can watch the video, courtesy of BBC News.

February 27, 2011

Saying ‘no’ to sex’ with a 77yr old lands 19yr old in trouble

[Mary Keynes, Sex and Relationships News Contributor]

Vintage German playboy Rolf Eden, 77, is not used to being refused for sex. So when a 19 year old told him to take it elsewhere, he decided to go to the courts for satisfaction. Mr. Eden has filed charges based on age discrimination against the hapless 19 year old who had refused to sleep with him  despite a wild night out on the town with him. She said that he was simply too old for her.

Mr. Eden claimed to have performed his manly duties with around 3,000 women so far and is reputed to have wished that he would die: “…as I have lived – on a woman”.

[Sex & Relationships Contributor]

February 27, 2011

Police go ‘cookoo’ over cookies

[Anne Wilson, Arts and Current Affairs Contributor]

A cookie-selling Girl Scout Troop in Georgia, USA, were ordered by a policeman to get a peddler’s permit, or stop selling their cookies. The horrified girls had to pack up and turn away customers who were waiting to sample their delicious ware, said the girl’s Troop Leader (Troop 7984). She claims that the incident frightened the girls who thought that their customers were about to be arrested and jailed.

The Mayor has since explained that the incident was caused by an over-zealous police officer and that it was a simple misunderstanding.  He has offered the girls a pizza party and tour of the police department as a gesture.

Who will make the pizza’s, it has not yet been revealed, perhaps the ‘over-zealous’ officer? So far there has been no take-up from Troop 7984.

February 27, 2011

Eight hundred protestors in Bahamas ‘people power’ surge

[Jisela Rodriguez, Caribbean News Contributor]

In Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas, cash-queen  of the Caribbean, around 800 protestors in a dramatic show of ‘people power’, battled with police this week in a continuing saga based on their demand for the resignation of the current Prime Minister, Hubert Ingraham.

The government had agreed the sale of a majority stake in the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) to UK Communications giant, Cable and Wireless Communications (CWC) which has been widely unpopular.  As a result, this week, throngs of angry protestors were in the streets of Nassau calling for the resignation of Ingraham for continuing with the sale despite popular objections.

Police were reported to have formed a human security barricade to keep the protestors from invading the country’s House of Assembly and its doors had been locked as a security measure. Opposition MPs are claiming that they have been locked out from the proceedings of the House.

February 27, 2011

French FI Jets and EU ordinance used against Libyan protestors

[Nikolas Hafez, Middle East & Africa News Contributor]

[News & picture sources: EU Observer & Washington Examiner]

Whilst EU leaders, including French President Nicolas Sarkozy, are outdoing themselves to condemn Colonel Gaddafi’s  onslaught upon his people, it seems that the very same FI Fighters ordered by the desperate Colonel to fire upon his people, were none other than French made weapons of mass people destruction.

The Washington Examiner reports that the two aircraft ordered to fire on Libyan civilians but which had disobeyed orders and flew to Malta instead are reported to be French-made F1 Mirages.  Their standard ordinance includes two DEFA 553 cannon firing 30mm rounds as wells as containers that can hold a rich picnic basket of bombs, rockets and missiles. The ones in Malta were loaded with rocket pods  it seems for heavy kill capacity.

So having regard to the legendary oppressive nature of the Colonel’s regime, why did the French ever supply him with such weapons in the first place. And why is it that even as recently as 2009, Belgium had supplied riot weapony to Libya under the noses of the very EU Commissioners who are now finger wagging the Colonel and asking him to fall on his sword?

Perhaps unelected EU Commission President, Mr. Barosso should explain this to the Libyan protestors? In the meantime, the Colonel seems to be hanging in until he goes the way of Hitler and he can. After all he has all these armaments to help him dig his heels in for a long, long time.

February 26, 2011

Paws for thought – Milan Fashion Show

[Alicia Milton-Grey, Fashion News Contributor]

Will they, or won’t they? ‘Catch on’ we mean!

These furry mittens were one of the fashion statements at the Milan Fashion show this week Guardian UK’s Fashion guru, Jenny McCartney reports.

Well, we’ll just ‘paws’ for thought and let you know later!

[Milan Fashion Show Contributor]