Man charged with attempted murder in £40 million London jewel heist

Sunday, September 6, 2009 

24-year-old Aman Kassaye, of no fixed abode, is to face a charge of attempted murder for his alleged role in an armed robbery that netted £40 million ($65 million) worth of jewelry from a London store.

Kassaye is the seventh man to be charged, and is also facing prosecution for conspiracy to rob the Graff store in New Bond Street, false imprisonment, and using a handgun to resist arrest. He will appear at Wimbledon magistrates court on Monday.

The other six men have already been remanded in custody until October 23, when they will appear at Kingston Crown Court. All are facing charges of conspiracy to rob, and two of them are also charged with a firearms offense.

43 diamond rings, watches, and bracelets were taken from the store. The theft occurred when two armed and suited men walked in and took an employee hostage. It has been reported they used prosthetic masks made from liquid latex but police have not confirmed this. Amateur footage also shows a shot was fired. No-one was injured.

The robbery is one of the biggest the United Kingdom has seen. After the crime a string of getaway vehicles was used, with police believing several more offenders assisted with this stage of the plan. Although The Telegraph claims no stolen property has yet been recovered, this is also unconfirmed by police.

Historic gym the site of Benet Academy, Illinois victory over Oswego

Monday, January 18, 2010 

The Benet Academy Redwings boys basketball team defeated the Oswego High School Panthers 40–34 Saturday night at Benet’s historic Alumni Gym. 

Located at Lisle, Illinois, United States, the gymnasium is home to Benet’s winning streak of 102 consecutive home games. The statewide record lasted from November 26, 1975 until January 24, 1987, when Naperville North High School defeated the Redwings 47–46. Benet also achieved 96 consecutive victories in the Western Suburban Catholic Conference at that time. 

The school continued to use the facility, colloquially referred to as the “Old Gym” or the “Small Gym”, until the end of the 1994 season, when a newer athletic center was built on campus. It wasn’t until the late 1990’s when then-coach Marty Gaughan decided to play one game per year in the Alumni Gym to remind the school of its history. “There is just an electricity, and you feel it when you are in there,” said Gaughan, who coached the team from the 1989–1990 season to the 2007–2008 season. 

This tradition continued until the 2006–2007 season, when the Redwings played against long-time rival St. Francis High School. Renovations prevented the gym from being used for athletic events over the past two seasons. This game was Benet coach Gene Heidkamp’s first opportunity to coach in the older gym. “So much history and winning has taken place there, which makes it so special. It is something the entire school community is excited about,” said Heidkamp. 

Saturday’s game was played at the Alumni Gym at the request of Oswego assistant coach Jim Bagley. He wanted his son, senior forward Chris Bagley, to experience the same atmosphere he had as he played for Benet in the 1978–1979 season. Greg Kwiatkowski was also Jim Bagley’s teammate in Benet, and his son, Joe Kwiatkowski, was in the Panthers’ starting lineup as well. “Two of us who played at Benet together and now our son’s play on [Oswego] together and for them to have a chance to play where we played is going to be a great night and great experience,” said the senior Bagley. 

Alumni Gym apparently still had its charm in the second half for the Redwings, whose 15–17 score at halftime worsened into an 11-point deficit in the third quarter. Benet fell behind with a score of 21–29 at the start of the fourth quarter. From that point, the Redwings’ defense began to kick in. Oswego could make only 2 of its 13 field goals in the third quarter. Benet’s offense also gained momentum as center Frank Kaminsky scored all of his 9 points in the fourth quarter. A shot by senior Mike Runger brought the score to 31–31, and two consecutive driving layups by David Sobolewski gave Benet the lead that would last for the rest of the game. 

“We hit a dry spell there, but let’s give credit where credit is due. Defense wins games and they are the best defensive team we’ve faced all year,” said Oswego coach Kevin Schnable.

Benet’s Matt Parisi led his team with 15 points, and Sobolewski scored 12. Oswego’s Andrew Ziemnik also scored 12. 

Protecting Your Human Assets

Protecting Your Human Assets

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Bullet proof vests and other forms of tactical clothing are more advanced than ever before. This means that the lives of troops, law enforcement officers and other security personnel should be safer than they have ever been.

Yet, many organisations are not aware quite how much such technology has come along and just how much difference there is between modern protective clothing and face masks, and those manufactured even just a few short years ago.

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It is wise to remember that those people working for you are assets. You will have spent a great deal of money training them and therefore their worth to you is heightened. And just as any physical asset will need regular checks and maintenance, human assets will need the same kind of consideration.

Obviously, the need to protect staff with bullet proof vests and the like extends far beyond the fact that they are an asset, and is much more about ensuring they stay safe and that you are focussed on keeping them alive. And yet, thinking about them as assets will make it easier for you to justify the extra spending on tactical clothing as maintenance to ensure they maintain their worth.

It may be easy to assume that any protective gear will be as good as any other, but just as you would employ new technologies as they are created into an electronic focussed business, it is important to utilise new technologies when you are thinking about protection for humans too.

The added bonus is that, as the quality and ability of such protective gear has increased, prices have actually decreased, meaning that you may well find that furnishing personnel with the very latest safety gear may be a lot less expensive than you expect. And in the process, you protect your assets which just so happen to be the lives of good people.

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Loans For Bad Credit: Get Amount Without Being Listless

Loans for Bad Credit: Get Amount without Being Listless

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The time people have to face the rejection of financial help from their relatives and friends, it sounds unpleasant because it hurts the people. but such applicants can not do anything because they are suffering from the less than perfect credit scores. Therefore, poor credit holders were not helped out financially because lenders do not want to take risk in lending the amount to the poor credit holders. But negative credit possessors need to switch over to some other plan for the immediate arrangement of the last minute funds. And the miserable applicants are able to get the last minute funds by taking the support of loans for bad credit that offer two options. These are in the form of secured loans and unsecured loans. Thus, the miserable candidates are able to choose the desirable loan amount as per their need and the repayment ability. So, get the complete details of the loan and fill up the loan application form in spite of having the poor credit ratings that are mentioned below;

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The miserable candidates are able to take the option of

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that offer the secured loans for the valuable collateral holders. The applicants are able to get the big amount in the range of 25000 to 75000 by pledging the precious collateral. The funds repayment duration time is from 10 to 25 years. And the gained amount can be paid back into the numerous installments because these loans are brimmed with the entire flexible terms and conditions. But the loan provider puts a bit lower rate of interest because the borrowers pawn the security for getting the huge loan amount. Hence, get rid of the entire unseen fiscal crises within a day only.

Loans for bad credit are counted in the category of unsecured loans. Therefore, the loan amount something like 1000 to 25000 can be procured by the non-home owners and non-collateral holders. But the gained amount needs to be paid back within 1 to 10 years after the eradication of the entire problems. The borrowers have to mention the entire fundamental details into the loan application form because the lender does not ask for any sort of security at all. Therefore, the loan provider charges a bit higher rate of interest on lending the principal amount to the needy and the helpless. So, end up the entire bills and debts immediately.

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NASA launches satellites to study northern lights

Saturday, February 17, 2007 

A Delta II rocket blasted off from NASA’s Cape Canaveral launch pad today, carrying five satellites designed to investigate the northern lights and the electromagnetic storms that cause them. The launch had been twice delayed due to bad weather, but was eventually performed at 23:00 UTC.

NASA and the Canadian Space Agency have collectively invested $200 million in the mission, known as the THEMIS Project. Through this mission, they hope to develop better techniques to forecast electromagnetic storms, in order to protect communication satellites, power grids, and spacewalking astronauts. Scientists from the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary also helped with the project.

The Sun continuously sends a stream of charged particles, called the solar wind, at the Earth. We are generally protected from the solar wind by the Earth’s magnetosphere. During substorms, however, the magnetosphere gets overloaded by the solar wind and the magnetic field lines stretch until they eventually snap back, energizing and flinging electrically charged particles towards Earth.

Scientists want to find out what snaps in the overloaded magnetosphere to trigger a substorm.

US Marines change hat style in response to manufacturer’s closure

Saturday, October 26, 2013 

Following incorrect statements by media organizations that include Fox News and the New York Post earlier in the week that the US Marine Corps were changing their hats in order to make them more gender neutral, the Corps issued a statement yesterday countering the claim, saying they are only changing the dress hat for women. In a statement on their website, they said this change is only “for female Marines because the current manufacturer is going out of business”.

Commandant of the Marine Corps General James F. Amos is quoted in the Corps statement as saying, “the President in no way, shape or form directed the Marine Corps to change our uniform cover.” The quote follows media claims the US President directed the Marine Corps to make a change to a more “girly” dress hat.

The women’s hats were made by a different manufacturer than the men’s hat. At the same time, the US Department of Defense also asked the Corps to develop a more unisex option for both dress and service hats. In preparation for a quarterly meeting of the Marine Corps Uniform Board scheduled for next week, a survey was sent out asking for feedback on whether women’s hats should be made to more closely model the current men’s dress hat or if all Marines should switch to the Dan Daly cap.

Other changes in the US military uniforms are scheduled to take place by the end of the year. In the Navy, flame-resistant variant coveralls are scheduled to be introduced in December of this year. Admiral Bill Gortney, the head of Fleet Forces Command, is quoted in the Marine Corps Times as saying. “Our sailors’ safety is our primary concern here […] If you’re on board a ship and a fire breaks out, you rush to that scene, you escape that scene or you’re assisting a shipmate in whatever you’re wearing. And so this fills in that particular need. You combine this with our existing flash hoods and gloves and you tuck your leg pants in […] it will provide the fire-resistant capability that we think is needed.”

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You can have anything inside or outside the house, but if you find any young boys, please return them to Michael. (?Zachary) 05:26, 27 February 2008 (UTC)

It seems that even people as well off as Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, could use a payday loan himself in these times. He has been getting a lot of coverage of his legal and financial troubles, and it apparently has come to a head. It has just been announced that Jackson will hold a 5 day auction in April of 2009, selling off various personal items. Among the lots for sale are the gates to his Neverland Ranch, and the white glove he wore in the video to his smash hit “Billy Jean.” Since his eccentric behavior has gotten more and more high profile, some members of the press have taken to labeling him “Wacko Jacko.” Jackson also recently settled a lawsuit brought against him by a member of the Bahraini royal family, out of court, who claimed that Jackson owed him money for not delivering a book and an album that Jackson agreed to produce in exchange for living expenses while he stayed in Bahrain for a few months. A spokesman for the Beverly Hills auction house said that it is not a forced sale, though sources close to Jackson say he ahs been living beyond his means for some time. If you don’t to want to have to sell your stuff during a sudden dent into your budget, you can always look into options like payday loans.

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Italy score two late in Extra Time to advance to finals, hosts Germany to play in third place match

Tuesday, July 4, 2006 

Two stylish Italian goals minutes from the end of the second period of Extra Time prevented a penalty kick shootout and sent Germany out of the FIFA World Cup in Dortmund on Tuesday.

Despite the best attacking efforts from the two teams, the score had remained level during 90 minutes of regulation time and the 28 overtime minutes that preceded the game winner.

Moments after Jens Lehmann had dived to put Andrea Pirlo’s 25 yard drive behind for a corner, the German keeper was helpless. With the clock on 119 minutes Fabio Grosso, found in the area by Pirlo, circled a left foot shot across him just inside the far post.

Just two minutes later, Alessandro Del Piero got Italy’s second with the last kick of the game when he clipped high past Lehmann’s left hand at the end of a fast break-away with Alberto Gilardino.

Lehmann had the busier match and made eight saves while Gianluigi Buffon was troubled by two. The Arsenal goalkeeper had also to deal with twelve corner kicks, many of which he plucked easily from the Italian heads.

Germany played the game without ball winner Torsten Frings, whom FIFA had suspended from the match for a punch thrown in a melee after the penalty shootout in the quarter-final against Argentina.

In the 90 minutes the better chances fell to Germany. On half an hour Bernd Schneider was free on goal but did not keep his shot down. After an hour Lukas Podolski, right of goal, spun and shot but was denied by Gianluigi Buffon.

The Italian defence had not conceded a goal for four games, and were to go on to record a fifth shut out in six games at the World Cup finals.

The statistics suggest Italy were the most attacking side in the match with eight more corners, nine more offsides and 14 per cent more ball possession than their opponents.

Italy played overtime with a vigorous intent to win and nearly cracked the Germans in the first two minutes. Gilardino cut back from the goal line and got away a sneaky near post shot but it bounced off the inside of Lehmann’s left post. Gianluca Zambrotta drove one from the edge of the area but was denied by Lehmann’s crossbar.

The Germans who had gone the full 120 minutes in their last game appeared the more tired team but had a chance to go 1-0 in front. Lukas Podolski was found unmarked at the near post, but his header from ten yards was about ten yards wide.

Italy had an emotional history of penalty kick shootout losses at the World Cup, including a defeat in the 1994 World Cup final, but Marcello Lippi’s team’s persistence was eventually rewarded. There were no penalties to overcome. Germany has won a total of five World Cup penalty shootouts in a row.

Match 61

Attendance: 65’000

Substitutes

Coach: Jürgen Klinsmann

denotes one goal scored.

Substitutes

Coach: Marcello Lippi

denotes one goal scored.

Referee: Benito Archundia

Assistant referee: Jose Ramirez

Assistant referee: Hector Vergara

Fourth referee: Toru Kamikawa

Fifth referee: Yoshikazu Hiroshima

France beat Portugal 1-0 and reach Fifa World Cup final

IMF approves US$1.13 billion loan to Pakistan

Saturday, May 15, 2010 

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said yesterday that its board has approved a loan package worth US$1.13 billion to be granted to Pakistan.

The move came after the IMF reviewed Pakistan’s economic performance with a standby arrangment worth $11.3 billion aimed at improving the country’s balance of payments. According to a statement by the fund, disbursements have reached $7.27 billion from the plan.

The IMF described Pakistan’s economic situation as having improved in spite of “adverse security developments and a rapidly changing political environment”, although saying the economy was still vulnerable.

The board also noted that it would grant waivers for several performance criteria Pakistan did not meet, namely overrunning the budget deficit and surpassing State Bank of Pakistan borrowing limits.

Pakistan requested a bailout package two years ago from the IMF, as it was struggling with three-decade-high inflation rates; the country has also seen much violence from rebel groups, with bombings having killed over 3,200 people since July of 2007.