Archive for May 24th, 2011

May 24, 2011

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama’s state visit to UK a big hit

Picture source MailOnline – beautiful First Lady, Michelle Obama, in near miss wardrobe malfunction

[Selma Thomson, UK News Contributor]

MailOnline:  The Obamas‘ state visit to the UK seemed to be a big hit with all from the meetings with UK Prime Minister, David Cameron to that with the British royal family at Buckingham Palace.

Discussions between the politicians were reported to be warm and constructive with every hint of the ‘elusive’ special relationship in the air.

It is reported that points discussed covered how to induce ‘a sense of optimism and national mission’, whilst attending to declining living standards and the re-establishment of economies severely damaged by the financial crisis. Climate change, foreign policy challenges in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Libya also were featured in the discussions.

May 24, 2011

UK Government agencies lose £527 million in 2010/2011 to fraudsters

[Benedikt Hoffman, Financial Fraud News Contributor]

International Association for Asset Recovery:  The UK government is proving to be a soft touch for fraudsters as it lost taxpayer‘s money to fraudsters to the tune of some £527 million in the period 2010/2011 according to KPMG‘s Government Fraud Barometer published this May.

According to the report, in the past year, there was a 142 percent uplift in fraud incidents against government agencies.

Whereas, the high level of fraud incidents against government agencies had decreased in 2007/2008 as a result of the government’s focus on value added tax (VAT) cheats which led to a high number of prosecutions in that year, but the focus on tax skimming by fraudsters has returned with a vengence according to recent trends.

Around 114 tax fraudsters were prosecuted in the past year in cases representing around £527 million in thefts (up from £277m in 2008/09).

According to Jeremy Outen, UK Head of Fraud at KPMG: “Financial criminals are now becoming more businesslike and methodical ….The current generation of organized crime is targeting fraud – making payment systems, such as banking, tax and benefits vulnerable to attack…..Traditionally, criminals have relied upon physical acts, such as robbery – they can now commit a fraud and achieve the same returns for much less risk. This is fuelling the audacity and ambition of professional criminals, driving up the size of a fraud…..In addition, technology and large scale processing (such as online or call centers) have made large scale frauds easier to accomplish.”

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May 24, 2011

Shocking BBC Report, Indian authorities turn a blind eye to the killing of millions of female babies

[Ciara O’Neill, Human Rights News Contributor]

[Tinaki Roy, Asia News Contributor]

BBC News:  The latest data from the Indian National Census have shown gender discrimination in India to have gone horrifically off the rails as it seems that in the past ten years, more that eight million female babies have been killed by their parents under the noses and apparent consent of the Indian authorities.

The recent Indian census figures show a sharp decline in the number of girls under seven which cannot be explained in any other way than by mass abortions of female fetuses and/or manslaughter of female babies.  Compared to 1961, the proportion of 975 girls on 1000 boys has dropped to around a small 913 on 1000.

However, for those who might think that a difference by less than a hundred  might be caused by certain non-violent factors, here are some facts.

As stated in the recent National Census report data, ‘out of 133,738 births, in families where the first child was a girl, the ratio of girls to boys among second children was 759 girls per 1,000 boys’. Furthermore, according to a UNICEF case study in 1984 in Bombay, ‘7,999 out of 8,000 of the aborted fetuses were females.’  Understandably therefore, the female abortion business seems to have long roots in modern India, and for a reason.

According to professor Shirish Sheth of Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai: “Daughters are regarded as a liability…Because she will eventually belong to the family of her future husband, expenditure on her will benefit others. In some communities where the custom of dowry prevails, the cost of her dowry could be phenomenal.”

Kulwant, a middle-aged Indian housewife, is one of the many who can testify that due to the development of ultrasound technology which enables the early identification of the sex of fetuses, female babies’ abortions have become quite a normal event in any Indian woman’s life.  The costs of the abortion varies from a couple of hundred US dollars in the best Delhi clinics, up to four dollars in increasingly shabby legal and illegal institutions that enable the majority to afford it at decreasing prices, but steadily growing health risks. Effectively, she had to abort three daughters in order to avoid divorce.

Before her fourth child – a son- was born, she had to suffer regular beatings from her husband and once, she says, even his family tried to burn her alive for ‘bringing financial girl-related trouble upon the house’.

May 24, 2011

Case update and the story of Dominique Strauss Kahn and Anne Sinclair, love that knows no bounds

[Lindon Trouillet,  Sex & Relationships News Contributor]

Mail.com International (PARIS (AP):  Wonder why Anne Sinclair, the wife of the apparently  profligate, Dominique Strauss Kahn, now under indictment for a serious sexual assault upon a  New York hotel chambermaid, is so devoted to her husband?

Simple, they are a couple that are hopelessly in love.  So much so, in this time of her husband’s seemingly greatest challenge, Anne is unreservedly supporting him and committing millions of her family’s wealth towards the sorting out of his bail and house arrest arrangements. Many in her situation would be looking at a rather speedy divorce arrangement.

In all aspects, this woman truly embodies the Christian spirit of marriage – ‘to have and to hold, in sickness and health, for better for worse..’ and is proving now to be the admiration of many women for the unswerving support of her husband.

Is this all for show? No, say people who know the couple. Mail.com says that according to Jack Lang, French legislator and former government minister who has known the couple since the 197os/ 80s: “It is symbiosis, a couple that is completely inseparable…One cannot imagine one without the other. One cannot imagine what they are going through.”

Mail.com also comments that the writer Philippe Martinat, who wrote a biography of Strauss-Kahn and French President Nicolas Sarkozy also says: “She is truly in love with this man. He’s the soul mate of her life…Some suggest she closed her eyes… “In reality she was a woman in love who suffered a lot from this situation, but she preferred to protect and maintain her family.”

Furthermore, according to reports, in a  2006 interview in the French magazine L’Express, Anne Sinclair was asked about her husband’s notoriety as a serial seducer. She said: “I’m rather proud. It’s important to seduce, for a politician. As long as I seduce him and he seduces me, that’s enough for me.”

Case Update

Analysts are saying that as there have been positive crime scene DNA matches between the woman and Dominique Strauss Kahn (sperm traces were found), it is likely that his defence team will go for go for ‘consensual sex’.  Strauss Kahn has already denied all charges which related to ‘forced’ sex and is seems clear that the quickest way out for him will be as follows:-

a) the victim in due course will be made an offer from discreet sources that she cannot refuse. A significant sum of money will be sure to be offered one way, or the other for her to drop her charge of forced sex;

b)  the prosecution’s case will then fail and Strauss Kahn will be a free man;

However, it could be that Strauss Kahn may yet prove that he was ‘set up’.  That is because, legal analysts are saying, it is most peculiar that a man who is raping a woman (as it is alleged for Straus Kahn) will physically enforce her perform fellatio upon him when there would be an obvious serious risk to him if the woman accidentally, during her distress, or deliberately, bit off his penis.

Furthermore, his jumping into the hotel corridor naked and dragging her back to his room really seems to be the act of a madman, not a French Presidential hopeful and head of the IMF, as he was then.