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In Media Dailies on January 30, 2011 at 5:34 pm

\’ElBaradei arrives at Cairo\’s Tahrir Square\’.

Live: Egypt unrest day six

TV coverage from the BBC as unrest continues in Egypt 

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Live coverage of the sixth day of anti-government protests in Egypt, as thousands of demonstrators return to the streets nationwide. This page updates automatically, there is no need to refresh.

1732 A new turn in the protests, perhaps: police and security forces are expected to return to the streets tomorrow. The army has been the dominant presence throughout Sunday.
1717 A former US ambassador to Egypt and to Israel, Martin Indyk, tells the BBC that successive US administrations have tried to warn Hosni Mubarak to take account of the wishes of his people, and says that Barack Obama’s White House now appears to have no choice but to side with the Egyptian people.

1711 As befits a man at the heart of a protest movement made popular by social media, Mohamed ElBaradei has tweeted a message to Egyptians : “We shall continue to exercise our right of peaceful demonstration and restore our freedom & dignity. Regime violence will backfire badly”.
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1703 More detail on Mr ElBaradei’s speech to protesters, via Reuters once more: “You have taken back your rights and what we have begun cannot go back. We have one main demand – the end of he regime and the beginning of a new stage, a new Egypt. I bow to the people of Egypt in respect. I ask of you patience, change is coming in the next few days.”
1657 Just days into a return to his homeland, it appears that Mr ElBaradei – former head of the UN’s nuclear watchdog, the IAEA – is seeking a key role in the protests. But the Nobel Peace Prize winner is not widely seen as a popular figurehead – and is not generally famed for his public speaking.
1653 Widespread reports that Mohamed ElBaradei is now in Tahrir Square, with Reuters reporting he has begun to speak. “What we have begun cannot go back,” he is quoted as saying.
1638 As we await confirmation of Mr ElBaradei’s arrival, we’ve put together a gallery of some of the best photographs from another dramatic day on the streets of Egypt.
1630 It’s 1830 now in Egypt, two and a half hours into the latest curfew, and darkness has fallen quickly on the protesting crowds. If Mr Elbaradei is going to address Cairo’s protesters it will be a street-lit stump speech.
1628 Reports of Mr ElBaradei’s arrival are now firming up, with al-Jazeera TV also placing him in Tahrir Square.
1623 Mohamed ElBaradei update: Reuters news agency now reports that he has arrived in Tahrir Square to join protesters.
1620 In Alexandria, the BBC’s world affairs editor John Simpson reports that people are becoming nervous about how things are playing out. Residents are worried about looting and about the availability of supplies, he says. There is also a sense that the government is now dealing with events in a different way, and that the crowds are concerned about the prospect of getting hurt if they stay out long beyond the curfew.
1600 Meanwhile, in a contrast to to the scenes of protesters and fighter jets that have dominated foreign media coverage, Egyptian state TV has been broadcasting images of Defence Minsiter Mohammad Hussein Tantawi inspecting the army units securing downtown Cairo.
1558 Much is now expected of Mohamed ElBaradei from some of the protesters. A BBC Arabic correspondent, Assad el-Sawy, is now reporting that Mr ElBaradei is on his way to Liberation Square, where he is scheduled to address the protesters.
1551 There have been a lot of strands to the story as the day has developed. We’ve now got a full account of Hillary Clinton’s comments on the need for “an orderly transition” in Egypt .
1547 The full UK travel advice can be found on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website .
1546 On the issue of travel, it’s worth reiterating that the official UK advice is for Britons to avoid all but essential travel to Cairo, Alexandria, Luxor and Suez – but there is no specific warning for tourists currently in the Red Sea region of the country.
1533 Mr Hague added his voice to calls for a transition to democracy in Egypt, urging free and fair elections, but adding: “It is not for us to choose the president of a country.”
1531 Foreign Secretary William Hague tells the BBC the UK will do everything it can to get Britons who want to leave Egypt out of the country.
1526 Reuters has a full quote from Mr ElBaradei: “It is loud and clear from everybody in Egypt that Mubarak has to leave today,” he told CNN. “He needs to leave today… to be followed by a smooth transition [to] a national unity government to be followed by all the measures set in place for a free and fair election.”
1512 And more from the Nobel peace laureate: he has reportedly told CNN that President Mubarak must leave the country “today” to make way for a unity government.
1507 A new comment from opposition politician Mohamed ElBaradei, reported by the AFP news agency: The US is “losing credibility by the day” by support the Mubarak regime, the former UN nuclear chief says.

1505 After footage of damaged antiquities was shown on al-Jazeera TV, Egyptologist Margaret Maitland, writing on The Eloquent Peasant blog , says she has been studying the evidence: “I’ve managed to identify a number of the objects shown damaged in the al-Jazeera footage, including statues of Tutankhamun and the mummies of his great-grandparents.”

1452 Dramatic evidence of the passion on the streets of Cairo from crowds around the BBC’s Lyse Doucet a little earlier today. 

BBC correspondent with protesters in Cairo 

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1450 In Tahrir Square, the BBC’s Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen notes that the tanks and fighter jets massed in front of the protesters were supplied to the Mubarak government by the US – something unlikely to endear the US to those taking to the streets, especially if Washington does not come out and openly oppose the president.
1442 Concern appears to be spreading into the world of business. Reuters reports that oil giant Shell is preparing to pull international staff and their families out of Egypt on Sunday.
1440 The new Secretary of Organisation of the National Democratic Party, Maged al-Sharbini, says Egypt’s new cabinet will be announced in a few hours, BBC Arabic reports. More coverage from BBC Arabic .
1435 There is still passion and intensity among the crowds in Cairo, the BBC’s Kevin Connolly reports from Tahrir Square, although he estimates the numbers are down slightly on recent days. The main demand remains for Hosni Mubarak to go and for an end to the Mubarak years.
1431 More from Hillary Clinton, who has done the rounds of US Sunday talk shows. “We want to see these reforms and a process of national dialogue begun so that the people of Egypt can see their legitimate concerns addressed,” she told ABC.
1424 Back in Cairo, al-Jazeera TV reports that protesters have painted a “Down with Mubarak” slogan in the midst of Tahrir Square.
1419 The full quote from Mrs Clinton to Fox News, reported by Reuters: “We want to see an orderly transition so that no one fills a void, that there not be a void, that there be a well thought-out plan that will bring about a democratic participatory government.”
1417 In what appear to be some of the strongest US comments yet on the situation in Egypt, Mrs Clinton has also called for “an orderly transition”, according to reports.
1411 As yet, Mrs Clinton tell US network ABC, there has been “no discussion” about cutting off aid to Egypt, stressing that Egypt’s rulers need to refrain from violence against protesters.
1407 Meanwhile, in Washington, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has spoken of her concern over events in Egypt. According to extracts of interviews given to US TV networks on Sunday, Mr Mubarak’s reforms are the “bare beginning” of a much-needed list of reform.
1401 Reporters and eyewitnesses are describing the arrival of the fighters jets above Tahrir Square. The buzzing of the jets is incredibly loud, those nearby report.
1354 There are reports of renewed military activity in central Cairo: two Egyptian jets are repeatedly buzzing Tahrir Square, a helicopter is hovering nearby and a column of tanks has arrived, the BBC’s Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen reports.
1350 Egyptian novelist Ahdaf Soueif tells the BBC from Cairo that it is “in the interests of the country” that President Hosni Mubarak leaves, and says the country’s mobile phone operators are “doing democracy a disservice” by agreeing to limit or block service.
1345 AhmedAlaa_SJ tweets: “Protesters say they will not move from Tahrir Square. They are asking the army to go arrest #Mubarak! #jan25 #egypt #cairo” 

1332 Human Rights Watch says that looting is becoming a real problem in Alexandria. Peter Bouckaert, the organisation’s emergencies director, tells the BBC World Service Newshour programme that some of it was a deliberate attempt by the authorities to frighten people: “Some of [the looters] are criminals who’ve been released from the prisons and we have confirmed reports that some of the looters are actually undercover policemen. So we’re not quite sure how much of this is spontaneous and how much of it is an organised attempt by the government to create instability now.”
1320 BBC Arabic correspondent in Cairo Khaled Ezzelarab reports that protestors in Tahrir Square have said they intend to carry march with the coffins of victims of the violence to the presidential palace on Monday if he does not step down.
1300 The US State Department advises nationals to avoid travel to Egypt and authorises the departure from Egypt of embassy families and non-essential personnel.
1245 Egyptian state TV broadcasts footage of dozens of prisoners escaping and being recaptured by the army. The prisoners are shown seated on the floor, many of them with their hands tied behind their backs. The newsreader also announces that the army has arrested 450 rioters in different parts of the country. The station also shows footage of confiscated rifles, AK-47 assault rifles, Molotov cocktails, ammunition, and knives, which the announcer says were to be used by “criminals to terrorise the public”.


Dan Nolan of al-Jazeera tweets: “Packing our equipment. We have been kicked out of office. Jazeera only network being shut down according to these guys #Jan25 #Egypt”

1206 A coalition of opposition groups issue a statement asking Mohamed ElBaradei to form a transitional government. They call on the Nobel Laureate “during this transitional stage, to act in the internal and external affairs of the nation, and to form a temporary government… and to dissolve parliament and draft a new constitution which enables the Egyptian people to freely choose its representatives in parliament and elect a legitimate president.” The statement was signed by the 6 April Movement, the We are all Khalid Said Movement, the National Assembly for Change and the 25 January Movement.
1157 Al-Jazeera’s broadcasts via an Egyptian satellite have been halted. The Egyptian government had earlier ordered the Arabic TV channel, which has been showing blanket coverage of the protests, to shut down its operations in the country.
1154 Jack Shenker and Peter Beaumont in Cairo for The Guardian, describe the scene at a mosque that has become a hospital: “This place of worship is little more than a partially-roofed narrow passage between two tall buildings; now it has been transformed into a makeshift hospital, with blood soaking through the prayer mats.”
1150 Egyptian state-owned Nile TV shows video of President Mubarak meeting top military commanders. By his side were Vice-President Omar Suleiman and Defence Minister Tantawi. The channel said the meeting took place in the “centre for military operations” to “follow up the armed forces’ operations to control the security situation”.
1145 Egypt’s banks and stock exchange are to stay closed on Monday for a second day, the Central Bank announces. Stock exchanges in the Gulf drop sharply after opening on Sunday.
1116 The BBC’s Jon Donnison, in Jerusalem, says there is deep concern behind the scenes in Israel. “One former ambassador said ministers were desperately running between meetings to form a future plan. One concern is the country’s border with Gaza and Egypt’s ability to maintain security along that border.”
1107 The BBC’s Kevin Connolly, in Cairo, says the army is playing an ambiguous role and does not seem to have clear orders, certainly not the crucial order to enforce the curfew. “There is a very febrile atmosphere – there is real fear, on the streets, that stories of prisoners being released and looters roaming the streets are being circulated to sap the will of protesters.”
1100 The BBC’s Lyse Doucet 


tweets: “Army now checking everyone entering Tahrir Square. Long queues forming ..very orderly #Jan25”.

1058 In Cairo one protester tells Reuters news agency that most of those doing the looting are policemen. “We are protecting the country,” Medhat Shaker says. “We arrested a police officer and group of policemen looting and the majority of looters are policemen, and you can ask the military troops if you do not believe me.”
Jeremy Bowen in Cairo 



‘Jeremy Bowen: Vacuum of authority in Cairo’

1055 Majda72 tweets: “Protests have begun in Alexandria, chants are “No to Mubarak, no to Suleiman”#jan25 #egypt”.

1040 Monasosh tweets: “Call from friend in Tahrir Square. Army is now blocking all entrances to it gradually gaining more power to control in/out flow of people #Jan25”

1032: The BBC’s Rami Ruhayem, of the BBC’s Arabic Service says: “We’re getting reports of preparations for a large demonstration in Mahalla al Kubra, an industrial city north of Egypt. The city is home to many textile and gas factories. There was rioting last night near some of the factories, and reports of army reinforcements arriving at one of the main textile factories.
1023: The US embassy in Cairo says the state department is making arrangements for US citizens who wish to leave to be flown to Europe.
1020: Maajid Nawaz of the Arabic thinktank the Quilliam Foundation tells BBC World that the protests will not end until the president leaves.
1012: Turkey is sending two Turkish Airlines planes to Egypt to evacuate Turkish citizens, according to the country’s state-run Anatolian news agency.
1006: Arabic broadcaster Al-Jazeera says that Egyptian authorities have ordered the closure of its offices in Cairo and elsewhere. Al-Jazeera denounced the move which it said was aimed at “censoring and silencing the voices of the Egyptian people”.
1003: The US embassy in Cairo is reported to have advised American citizens living in the country to consider leaving.
1000: The Egyptian army is reported to be guarding the deserted interior ministry headquarters in the centre of the capital, Cairo, after protesters attempted to force entry into the building last night, Reuters reports. All officials have been evacuated and two armoured lorries and a tank are on guard outside.

Percentages: The Pain of Life Forces

In Kleeneze: Fact or Reality on January 29, 2011 at 5:48 pm

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A percent growth rate (or sometimes referred to as percent change, growth rate, or rate of change) is a useful indicator to look at how much a population is growing or declining in a particular area. It is also useful when comparing the growth or decline of populations in two different areas or regions. But percent growth rate can be used in other studies besides population (such as employment, unemployment, economic factors, etc.). Any number from one time and any number from another time can be put into the calculation to determine growth rate. This article will show you how to easily calculate the growth rate or percent change.

Things You’ll Need:

  • calculator or spreadsheet software
  1. 1

    The rate of change (percent change, growth rate) from one period to another is calculated as follows:
    Percent Change = (value at end of period – value at beginning of period)/value at beginning of period * 100

  2. 2

    Another way of expressing the equation for growth rate or percent change is:
    Percent change = (Vpresent-Vpast)/Vpast*100

    In this formula,
    Vpresent = present or future value
    Vpast = past or present value

  3. 3

    To further calculate an annual percentage rate of change, divide the percent change arrived at in step two by N.
    N represents the number of years between the two values used in step 2.

  4. 4

    Example to calculate growth rate or percent change:
    A particular city has a population of 800,000 in 1990 and a population of 1,500,000 in 2008. To find the growth rate of the population in this city, do the following:
    Growth Rate = (1,500,000 – 800,000)/800,000 * 100
    Growth Rate = 87.5 percent

    Average Annual Growth Rate = 87.5% / 18 years
    Average Annual Growth Rate = 4.86 percent

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Cheryl Cole’s Gonna Get You Kerry!

In The Vitriolic Potical Corner on January 29, 2011 at 5:21 pm

Cheryl Cole v Kerry Katona: Tattoo Celebrity Face Off

Dancing On Ice contestant Kerry Katona and X Factor judge Cheryl Cole both used this week’s National Television Awards to show off their latest tattoos. But who will win this week’s Celebrity Face Off?

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Dancing on Ice’s Kerry Katona showed off a back tattoo…

…while X Factor judge Cheryl Cole showed off her new tattoo as well…


As well as being a singer, X Factor judge and Ashley’s ex-wife, Cheryl Cole is also known for her array of tattoos. Her latest piece of body art, unveiled at the National Television Awards, apparently took 11 hours, with the swirly design ‘complementing’ an existing tribal butterfly design. The so-called tramp stamp joins Cheryl’s other tattoos: a tribal design on her hand, ‘Mrs C’ on the back of her neck, a piece of barbed-wire around her thigh, and a mysterious thigh design which may link up to her new addition.

Kerry Katona also showed off a shiny new back tattoo at the NTAs: a sprawling thick black tattoo to cover up a previous tattoo dedicated to ex-husband Mark Croft. Other tats include her daughter’s name Heidi on her neck, a tribal design on her lower back and a flower on her ankle. And we mustn’t forget Winnie The Pooh etched on Kerry’s bum cheek – classy.

Face Off winner round one: It’s difficult to choose a ‘favourite’, but Cheryl narrowly wins.


Kerry Katona is relaunching her career with Dancing On Ice (Pic: Rex Features)

Cheryl burst on to the scene in 2002, when she was selected to be a member of Girls Aloud in TV show Popstars: The Rivals. Five smash-hit albums later and Cheryl went solo, scoring back-to-back number one albums with 3 Words and Messy Little Raindrops. As well as being the face of L’Oreal, the singer/fashionista is also a judge on The X Factor, mentoring  winning contestants Joe McElderry and Alexandra Burke. A favourite of Simon Cowell, she has been repeatedly linked to a role on the US version of The X Factor.

Kerry Katona found fame with girl band Atomic Kitten, but left the band just days before the group scored their first number one single. She forged a semi-successful career as a TV presenter, but her real career boost came in 2004 when she won the third series of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here, and a string of reality shows followed. She lost her contract as the face of Iceland in 2009 after pictures of her taking cocaine emerged in a newspaper, but is trying to rebuild her career with an appearance on the latest series of Dancing On Ice.

Face Off winner round two: They’re both popstars who’ve become reality queens, but Cheryl wins again.


Simon Cowell has taken Cheryl Cole under his wing

In January 2003, just as Girls Aloud were taking off, Cheryl was involved in an altercation with a nightclub attendant at a nightclub in Surrey. The then Miss Tweedy found herself in court charged with racially aggravated assault and assault occasioning actual bodily harm, with Sophie Amogbokpa alleging the star had used racially abusive language. While cleared of racially aggravated assault, Cheryl was found guilty of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, sentenced to 120 hours of community service and ordered to pay £3000 prosecution costs on top of £500 compensation. Since then Cheryl has managed to reinvent herself as the nation’s sweetheart, but has still been plagued by minor controversies. During the last series of The X Factor she came under fire for failing to take Gamu to the live rounds, refusing to choose between acts Katie Waissel and Treyc Cohen, and verbally attacking Wagner live on air.

Kerry Katona and controversy have become synonymous in recent years. Katona was heavily criticised for smoking and drinking alcohol during her pregnancies, but dismissed criticism of her behaviour. In October 2008 Kerry appeared on This Morning with heavily slurred speech, and grew increasingly defensive when it was suggested she may have an alcohol problem. Things got worse the following year when a tabloid published photos of her taking cocaine, and she was promptly dropped from the Iceland television campaign. She has since admitted she would spend days on end taking cocaine with then-husband Mark Croft. We could go on, but it’s probably best to look to the future: Kerry has now ditched Croft, cleaned up her act and is now trying to make amends. She recently went back to the This Morning studios, admitting her previous interview motivated her to sort her life out, and is now hoping to skate her way back in to the public’s affections.

Face Off winner round three: They’ve both had their fair share of controversy, but Kerry has managed to survive more scandals than the tabloids know what to do with.

Cheryl wins 2-1

Just Chilling

In The Aphrodites on January 29, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Life is so short and yet we waste too much of it.

Aphrodite (Greek Ἀφροδίτη) is the Greek goddess of love, beauty, and sexuality. Her Roman equivalent is the goddess Venus. Historically, her cult in Greece was imported from, or influenced by, the cult of Astarte in Phoenicia.

According to Hesiod‘s Theogony, she was born when Cronus cut off Uranus‘ genitals and threw them into the sea, and from the sea foam (aphros) arose Aphrodite.

Because of her beauty other gods feared that jealousy would interrupt the peace among them and lead to war, and so Zeus married her to Hephaestus, who was not viewed as a threat. Aphrodite had many lovers, both gods like Ares, and men like Anchises. Aphrodite also became instrumental in the Eros and Psyche legend, and later was both Adonis‘ lover and his surrogate mother. Many lesser beings were said to be children of Aphrodite.

Aphrodite is also known as Cytherea (Lady of Cythera) and Cypris (Lady of Cyprus) after the two cult-sites, Cythera and Cyprus, which claimed her birth. Myrtles, doves, sparrows, horses, and swans are sacred to her. The Greeks further identified the Ancient Egyptian goddess Hathor with Aphrodite.[4] Aphrodite also has many other local names, such as Acidalia, Cytherea and Cerigo, used in specific areas of Greece. Each goddess demanded a slightly different cult but Greeks recognized in their overall similarities the one Aphrodite. Attic philosophers of the fourth century separated a celestial Aphrodite (Aprodite Urania) of transcendent principles with the common Aphrodite of the people (Aphrodite Pandemos).

Kate’s facebook ban for being “imposter” – Local – Evening Telegraph

In The Flying Muse on January 27, 2011 at 10:38 pm

Kate’s facebook ban for being “imposter” – Local – Evening Telegraph.

Teenager who hurled kitten to its death from 11th floor window of a tower block is spared jail

In Animal Farm on January 27, 2011 at 12:10 am

By Claire Ellicott
Last updated at 7:35 PM on 27th January 2011

A teenage mother who hurled a kitten to its death from the 11th floor of a tower block has been spared jail.

Stacey Ravenall, 19, hit the four-month-old animal before throwing it out of the window, telling its owner: ‘You didn’t want it anyway.’

The kitten, named Cuwella, lay in agony on the ground below for 15 minutes before it died from internal bleeding.

Cruel: Stacey Ravenall leaving Birmingham Magistrates' Court after being charged by the RSPCA for flinging a kitten from a tower block in StechfordCruel: Stacey Ravenall leaving Birmingham Magistrates’ Court after being charged by the RSPCA for flinging a kitten from a tower block in Stechford

Ravenall, who was pictured smirking and chatting on her mobile phone outside court, was sentenced to four months in custody suspended for two years after admitting a charge of animal cruelty.

She must also complete 30 hours of unpaid work.

Birmingham magistrates said that although her crime was serious enough to warrant custody, they accepted it had been an ‘impulsive act’.

Ravenall, from Yardley, Birmingham, was banned from keeping animals for ten years.

Nick Sutton, prosecuting, said the black and white cat belonged to Ravenall’s friend, Laura Edwards, who had lived with her for several months.

Plummeted to its death: The red arrow shows the steep height Cuwella was dropped from
Suffered: The cat, Cuwella, continued to suffer for around 15 minutes before dying from internal bleeding

Sad: After being thrown from the 11th floor of this tower block the cat, Cuwella, continued to suffer for around 15 minutes before dying from internal bleeding

Last summer Miss Edwards went to stay with her parents in Redditch, Worcestershire, and Ravenall agreed to look after Cuwella.

Mr Sutton said Miss Edwards had phoned her friend every day to ask how her cat was and Ravenall told her it was ‘playing up’.

Miss Edwards then met up with Ravenall and they returned to the high-rise flat in the Stechford area of the city.

Miss Edwards told her friend she was considering taking the kitten to a sanctuary because she was unable to keep it and she wanted it to have a better home. Ravenall responded by hitting the animal and then throwing it into the hallway.

Interior: The window from which the cats was thrown at the Birmingham tower blockInterior: The window from which the cats was thrown at the Birmingham tower block

The view: This image clearly shows the height from which the cat was hurled The view: This image clearly shows the height from which the cat was hurled

Both then went into the hall where Ravenall picked up the cat again and pushed past Miss Edwards, going into the living room.

In a statement, Miss Edwards said: ‘It was miaowing. She walked to the living room window and just dropped Cuwella straight out of the window.’

When she asked Ravenall why she had done it, the defendant replied: ‘You did not want it anyway.’

Aftab Zahoor, defending, said Ravenall – who has one child and is now three months pregnant – had come from a broken home and spent her early years in care.

‘She finds it difficult to cope with life and has turned to alcohol to ease the pressure of life,’ he said.

‘She is disgusted with herself and her actions.’

RSPCA inspector Rob Hartley said: ‘This was cruel and callous behaviour towards a defenceless animal. The cat undoubtedly suffered a painful and traumatic death unnecessarily.’




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Pensioner gunned down as police officer pulls trigger instead of turning on flashlight

In Crime Daily on January 27, 2011 at 12:07 am

By Daily Mail Reporters
Last updated at 5:49 PM on 26th January 2011


An innocent pensioner has been shot in the stomach by a police officer who accidentally pulled the trigger while he was trying to turn on a flashlight mounted to his gun.

In the second known incident of its kind in the U.S. involving the same flashlight model, 76-year-old Jose Colon was shot during a raid on his New York flat.

Last October an unarmed Texas man died under strikingly similar circumstances involving the Surefire X300 flashlight.

Firearms experts have criticised pistol-mounted flashlights, saying they complicate an already stressful situationFirearms experts have criticised pistol-mounted flashlights, saying they complicate an already stressful situation

The family of drug dealer Michael Anthony Alcala is now suing the city of Plano for negligence when an undercover police officer claims he inadvertently fired the gun instead of turning on the flashlight.

Colon was shot at his Bronx apartment when Emergency Services Officer Andrew McCormack tried to turn on the flashlight mounted underneath the barrel of his Glock 9mm semi-automatic pistol. Instead he pulled the trigger, sources told The New York Post.

The light is turned on by pushing one of two switches in front of the trigger guard.

Colon was unarmed and not charged with a crime, but police arrested his 41-year-old son, Alberto, for heroin possession, The Post said.

Jose Colon, who once worked for state Senator Ruben Diaz as a supervisor in a home-attendant program, was recovering yesterday in Jacobi Hospital, where he has been visited by both Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.

Kelly had no immediate comment when asked whether the New York Police Department would continue using the flashlight.

New York firearms expert Kenneth Cooper yesterday criticised the use of pistol-mounted flashlights, saying they complicated an already stressful situation.

‘A handgun should be a handgun, and a flashlight should be a flashlight,’ Cooper said.

‘When you put a flashlight on a weapon system, there are numerous things that you have to manipulate, and under stress, things are more difficult. I don’t like flashlights on guns, I never did.’

Derek McDonald, Surefire’s vice president of marketing, said the Plano shooting was the first time it had heard a claim that one of its flashlights played a role in an officer firing his gun accidentally until The New York Post notified him of the Colon case.

‘Our product is safe, has been proven safe,’ McDonald said. ‘Used in a safe manner, it doesn’t lead to accidents. It prevents misidentification and saves police lives.’

Ambulance workers ‘refused to take dying student to hospital’

In Media Dailies on January 26, 2011 at 11:43 pm

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 1:46 PM on 26th January 2011

Two ambulance workers have been removed from frontline duties after complaints that they refused to take a dying student to hospital.

Sarah Mulega, 21, was discovered collapsed in her bedroom in Barking, Essex, by her landlady, Chinwe Moneke, who called for an ambulance.

Miss Mulega suffered from sickle cell anaemia, a genetic blood condition – where some of the red blood cells are misshaped and can restrict blood flow causing painful episodes called crisis, which can be deadly.

Sarah Mulega's cause of death has not yet been establishedCollapsed: Sarah Mulega’s cause of death has not yet been established

But when paramedics arrived more than half an hour later they allegedly refused to take the dying student to hospital because she had soiled herself. She died just hours later.

Two members of London Ambulance Service have been taken away from frontline duties while the allegations are investigated.

Miss Mulega’s cousin, Thomas Chisanga, 33, said: ‘The people who were there to help her let her down in the last hour.


‘We simply don’t want it to happen to anyone else.

‘It’s so painful. I have so much anger towards them.’

The 21-year-old worked part time as a carer to support herself while she studied business management.

Her landlady said she discovered Miss Mulega collapsed in her bedroom on January 9 and rang for an ambulance at about 4.15pm.

She said she made a second call at about 4.30pm to say her condition was getting worse and a third call at 4.45pm to say she thought her tenant was having a sickle cell crisis.

An ambulance arrived at the home in Barking at about 4.50pm and Ms Moneke claims the ambulance workers refused to take her to hospital.

She said: ‘They did not check Sarah’s temperature nor heartbeat. In fact they did not touch her at all.’

The stunned landlady said she heard one of the paramedics tell the dying student ‘If you want to be taken to hospital, then get up so we can take you’.

She believes the medics refused to touch the dying student because she had soiled herself.

The landlady said she cleaned her up until Miss Mulega’s sister arrived and by then the student was unresponsive so she called a second ambulance.

She added: ‘We were panicking and crying.’

A second ambulance came to the house and took Miss Mulega to hospital but she died there later the same evening.

An inquest has opened into her death but a cause of death has not yet been established.

A spokesman for London Ambulance Service said: ‘We are looking into what happened and have received a complaint about the incident.

‘In the meantime the first two members of staff who attended have been taken off frontline duties pending the outcome of this investigation.

‘We would like to offer our condolences to the patient’s family and we wills hare the findings of our investigation with them as soon as we can.’


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BREAKING NEWS: Former Northamptonshire police officer jailed for life for child sex attacks – Local – Northampton Chronicle & Echo

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Tis The Fool That Followers Folly

In Kleeneze: Fact or Reality on January 1, 2011 at 4:46 pm

The Kleeneze Connection: A beautiful dream or perhaps a wonderful muse?



Advantages: None.

Disadvantages: Not worth all the time and money invested.

My husband and I joined Kleeneze to earn a little extra money in the short term. We were a little suspicious of the promotional info, but it sounded innocent enough, and our sponsors seemed to be genuinely honest with us, and friendly, as well as very excited about their own success with the company. We thought we would give it a go, and if this trial period as catalogue distributors proved successful, then we would consider moving into the recruitment phase of things, and begin building up a team under us (as we were encouraged to do).

We wanted “our business” to be a success, and so we did everything required of us: we followed all of the suggestions of our sponsors and upline, bought numerous catalogues and distributed them regularly, purchased other necessary supplies (bags, carts, notebooks, etc.), attended many meetings, and even one conference. We really threw ourselves into the work (and there was plenty of it), in an effort to establish and maintain a good customer base and to offer the best service possible. We did not shirk any of the workload, and we went out to distribute and collect catalogues, as well as to deliver the goods ordered in all weathers. We were as polite as we could be to our customers (even the cranky ones, and those who returned poor or damaged products). Miraculously, we even managed to find a few areas that did not have a Kleeneze representative, and so we had a good average of orders coming in. So what went wrong?

According to these statistics, we should have had a great return on our initial investment right away. After all, we met the 10% level in our first month and then 13% only a couple of months after this (during the pre-Christmas season). We were told that we were doing great by our sponsors and upline. But there was one big problem. Despite all of this apparent “success”, we found that we were not earning anywhere near the estimated amounts claimed in the promotional literature and on the Kleeneze websites. This puzzled us.

Besides this, it was taking many more hours than what we were told that it should take to make the deliveries (and we used a car whenever possible, with two of us on the job most of the time). There were also many hours that needed to be spent on bagging the various catalogues (many of which came back soiled or wet, or which never came back at all, and had to be replaced at our expense). We were spending most of what was apparently “earned” on purchasing more catalogues and new updates, on petrol, and ongoing necessary supplies and other related Kleeneze expenses.

When we asked about this, we were told that it always takes time for a new business to get off the ground, and that we cannot expect to see a profit right away. However, when we began, we were virtually promised profits right away (and sizeable profits at that), as long as “we were willing to do the work”. Well, we did do the work, so the results should have been there! That is, IF the Kleeneze claims were honest and true.

We were a little disturbed by these discrepancies of what was said should be “easily” possible to achieve by anyone (even the blind), compared to the facts of the actual experience. We gave it a sufficient amount of time (a full 6 months) to gather the information and to really give it our all before we wrote up an accurate report of what had been spent each month, how much time was realistically involved with each aspect of the business, and how much was actually earned as true profit (the sum remaining after all related expenses were subtracted). What we found astonished us! We were earning less than 50 pence an hour on average!

What our calculations demonstrated was that all of the claims made by Kleeneze about “profits” totally ignored any expenses involved (which added up to huge amounts), and their estimates of the time required to do the work equally ignored most of the tasks which were actually necessary for completing the job. Hence, although we were apparently earning quite a nice “profit” by Kleeneze’s standards, we were actually earning virtually nothing!

These observations and calculations raised some real concerns that the Kleeneze claims were not just misrepresentations, but were outright lies (with a deliberate intent to mislead the public). We presented these serious concerns in our report to our sponsors and immediate upline individuals. We expected some honest answers to our questions, or advice on what we were doing wrong. But, much to our dismay, they did not attempt to dissuade any of our apprehensions about Kleenze and its trumped up false claims, or offer any help for possibly improving our techniques (if any improvements could have been made in our efficient system). Instead, we received one line from our sponsor’s sponsor which simply stated: “Only failures see the problems.” Which implies that we are failures, and this is why we had not earned enough for the amount of time we had put in, and nothing to do with Kleeneze making any false or unsubstantiated claims.

We have still not received a single comment from our sponsor. We were simply dropped like a hot potato, and have been avoided ever since. All correspondence has been ignored. It has now been over 6 months since this truthful report had been presented to them.

As a result of our findings and the rude behaviour of our sponsors, we have quit Kleeneze. We informed all of our loyal customers that we were leaving before doing so. Fortunately, we have not made any enemies during our brief time serving the public in this way. Also, due to the many good reports in this site, we managed to avoid many of the pitfalls in making our exit from the company, and were sure that everything was paid up before we gave in our notice (which should not have needed to be done if this was truly our own business).

We began to see the Kleeneze system for what it really was, and the truth of this alarmed us. The Kleeneze executives are literally using people to do all of the company’s hard work for them (which involves all of the legwork in delivering and collecting the catalogues, acquiring and keeping track of a regular customer base, ordering products, sorting and delivering the goods efficiently, dealing with customer complaints and returns, plus expecting them to purchase all the materials required to do this, as well as paying for any promotions, and even expecting them to recruit other workers for the company) all under the pretence of it being “your own business” (which it is not). I don’t know how we were fooled by this obvious scam!

All the true profits earned only go up to those at the top of the company, so no matter how hard you try you cannot ever earn enough, and so you are constantly given false hopes and higher expectations that realistically can never be met. Only fools who allow themselves to be deceived by false promises of wealth will be enslaved to the corporate Kleeneze beast.

Summary: Kleeneze uses false claims and lies to lure people into its web of deception.