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December 19th, 2012

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The Race for christmas number 1

December 18th, 2012

James Arthur leads tribute song in Christmas chart race

James Arthur with fans James Arthur’s debut single Impossible sold 490,000 copies last week

Having been busy in 2012 key cabinets direct is looking to be number one all the way though 2013. Merry christmas and a Happy new year

X Factor winner James Arthur is ahead of an all-star Hillsborough tribute single in the race for the UK Christmas number one, early sales figures show.

Arthur’s Impossible has sold 76,000 copies so far this week, according to the Official Charts Company.

That leads He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother by The Justice Collective, featuring Sir Paul McCartney, Robbie Williams and Mel C, by 3,000 copies.

That song is still the bookmakers’ favourite to be the festive number one.

Official Charts Company managing director Martin Talbot said: “While James Arthur has an early lead over The Justice Collective after just two days of sales, it is exceptionally tight – especially with Christmas gift purchases likely to impact on both releases as the week progresses.

“It looks like being an extremely exciting race for this year’s official Christmas number one.”

James Arthur’s debut single sold 490,000 copies when it was released last week, making it the fastest-selling single of the year. It is raising money for children’s charity Together For Short Lives.

Sir Paul McCartney Sir Paul McCartney sings and plays guitar on the Hillsborough single

The Hillsborough song, a cover of The Hollies’ hit, also includes Gerry Marsden of Gerry and the Pacemakers, former X Factor star Rebecca Ferguson, Paloma Faith, Beverley Knight, ex-Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish and comedian John Bishop.

The single will raise funds for the continuing legal campaign after the 1989 football stadium crush in which 96 Liverpool fans died.

The Christmas number one will be announced on Sunday.

The Official Charts Company said the race could be even closer than 2009, when a fan campaign saw Rage Against the Machine’s Killing in the Name defeat X Factor winner Joe McElderry’s The Climb.

Newtown shooting: First Connecticut funerals to be held

December 17th, 2012

17 December 2012 Last updated at 15:39

Newtown shooting: First Connecticut funerals to be held

 

The parents of Jessica Rekos told ABC News: “We got into her bed that she’d just gotten out of”

The first funerals are to be held for victims of Friday’s shootings at a school in the US state of Connecticut.

Noah Pozner and Jack Pinto, both aged six, will be buried after ceremonies at 13:00 local time (18:00 GMT).

Twenty children and six women died in the assault on Sandy Hook school by a lone gunman who then took his own life. He had earlier killed his mother.

On Sunday President Barack Obama told residents at a vigil in Newtown the US must do more to protect its children.

He said he would use the powers of his office to prevent a repeat of the tragedy, adding that the nation shared the townspeople’s grief.

“We can’t tolerate this any more,” Mr Obama said. “These tragedies must end and to end them we must change.”

He made no specific mention of new gun control measures, but BBC North America editor Mark Mardell says this is the strongest pledge a president has ever made to wrestle with the powerful gun lobby.

Meanwhile, West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, who supports gun ownership and has been given an “A” rating by the National Rifle Association, told US network MSNBC that it was time to “move beyond rhetoric” on gun control.

Mr Manchin, a gun owner and frequent hunter, said: “I’ve never had more than three shells in a clip. Sometimes you don’t get more than one shot anyway.

“It’s common sense. It’s time to move beyond rhetoric. We need to sit down and have a common sense discussion and move in a reasonable way.”

Mr Manchin is the first NRA-backed US senator to speak out since Friday’s killings.

Idol’s jersey

In Connecticut, Jack Pinto will be buried in the Newtown Village Cemetery, and Noah Pozner will be buried at the B’Nai Israel Cemetery in the nearby town of Monroe, according to local media reports.

The family of James Mattioli, six, is also holding a wake on Monday.

Other victims’ funerals will be held throughout the week.

Jack Pinto was described as a sports lover, and reports say he may be buried in the No 80 jersey of his idol, New York Giants football player Victor Cruz.

Cruz played in a game on Sunday with the boy’s name written on his shoes and gloves.

Noah Pozner was the youngest victim of the shooting, described by his family as inquisitive and mature for his age.

The parents of Jessica Rekos have spoken for the first time. In an interview with TV network ABC, they said “she was the family CEO, she was the boss”. Her funeral takes place on Tuesday.

And the family of Victoria Soto, a teacher killed at Sandy Hook, called her “the Queen” of her family as they recalled her in an interview with CBS News.

On Monday, Lt Paul Vance said police continued to do everything they could to answer every question about the shooting.

He said that two people who had been wounded but survived the shooting would be key witnesses and would be interviewed at an appropriate time.

Children who witnessed the attack would also be interviewed – in the presence of parents and professionals – Lt Vance added.

Gunman Adam Lanza did not seem to have had run-ins with the police, he said, and gave no information about whether mental health professionals had come forward with information about him.

The BBC’s Zoe Conway, in Sandy Hook, says that as well as remembering the dead, the community is getting ready for the start of the school week, with teachers struggling to know what to tell their students.

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All 20 children who died in the shootings – eight boys and 12 girls – were aged between six and seven, according to an official list of the dead. The school’s head teacher, Dawn Hochsprung, was among those killed.

All victims were shot several times, some of them at close range.

The gunman has been identified by police as Adam Lanza, 20.

He shot dead his mother before driving to the school in her car.

Officials say he was armed with hundreds of rounds of ammunition, and used a semi-automatic rifle as his main weapon. He was also carrying two handguns, and a shotgun was recovered from a car.

Calls for ban

Mr Obama made an appeal for “meaningful action” against gun crime in the US shortly after the attack on Friday.


 

Sunday saw two senior US Democrats call for stricter gun control.

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy said his state had an existing ban on assault weapons, but the lack of a similar law at federal level made it difficult to keep them out of the state.

And Senator Dianne Feinstein, who represents California in the upper house of Congress and is a long-term supporter of stricter gun control, said she would introduce a bill to ban assault weapons.

But opponents of gun control have hit back, saying a ban would be ineffective.

“Having a ban isn’t going to make the very people we would like to prevent from having them, [stop] having them,” Independent Firearm Owners Association president Richard Feldman told the BBC.

“They are already owned by tens of millions of people. What is the government planning to do? Come and get the guns? I don’t think so.”

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Officer arrested over Andrew Mitchell ‘pleb’ leak

December 17th, 2012

Officer arrested over Andrew Mitchell ‘pleb’ leak

The then-chief whip, Andrew Mitchell, in Downing Street The incident involved the then chief whip Andrew Mitchell and police officers

A police constable with the diplomatic protection group has been arrested on suspicion of misconduct in a public office, Met Police say.

The officer was arrested late on Saturday and bailed on Sunday to return in January. He has been suspended.

The arrest was made by officers investigating how national newspapers came to publish police records of an incident at Downing Street.

It involved the then chief whip allegedly calling officers “plebs”.

In September Andrew Mitchell apparently made the comments and swore when police asked him to use the pedestrian gate, rather than the main gate, to leave Downing Street.

Mr Mitchell apologised for not having shown enough respect to the police but maintained that he “did not use the words attributed to me”. However, he quit the government over the affair a few weeks later.

On Monday, Mr Mitchell told the BBC: “I reiterate once again that the contents of the alleged police logbook are false.”

The official police log of the confrontation between the chief whip and officers was published by the Daily Telegraph and the Sun.

On Sunday, the Met said the arrested officer was not on duty during the incident, and investigations have found no evidence to suggest those on duty on the day were involved in the unauthorised release of information.

The arrest will be formally referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission on Monday, the Met Police said.

Asked whether the arrest was a proportionate response, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said it would be “so wrong” for politicians to “start jumping in and providing a running commentary”.

“Obviously this is a controversial issue but I really think it should be left for the police and the prosecuting authorities to make up their own minds.”

Global consumables news Kate leaves hospital looking great

December 6th, 2012

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave the King Edward VII hospital in London

 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave the King Edward VII hospital in London

The Duchess of Cambridge has left hospital saying she is feeling “much better” after three days of treatment for a severe form of morning sickness.

Kate emerged from the central London private hospital that has been providing expert care looking relaxed and with William by her side.

The Duchess was admitted on Monday after developing a condition known as hyperemesis gravidarum, which leaves expectant mothers so ill they cannot keep food or liquids down.

But she looked well and smiled as she posed with the Duke on the steps of the King Edward VII hospital for the world’s media.

When a member of the press asked how she was feeling, the Duchess, wrapped up against the cold in a coat and scarf and carrying a bouquet of yellow flowers, replied: “Much better.”

The Prince of Wales said he is “thrilled” that the Duchess is pregnant, adding: “It’s a very nice thought to become a grandfather in my old age.”

Kate, who is less than 12 weeks pregnant, will now have a period of rest at her home at Kensington Palace, said St James’s Palace.

The Duchess’s attendance at two royal engagements this weekend – a Centrepoint Royal Albert Hall fundraiser and the British Military Tournament – has already been cancelled.

It is likely her public diary will be tailored to how she is coping with the illness that causes prolonged bouts of vomiting triggered by smells and even movement.

Her discharge comes the day after it emerged two Australian radio DJs impersonated the Queen and the Prince of Wales to dupe hospital staff into giving a condition update on the Duchess on Tuesday. The 2Day FM presenters, Mel Greig and Michael Christian, apologised for their actions, as did their radio station.

Be safe this WInter

December 4th, 2012

Hi guys remember its Christmas and this means 3 things presents, beers, and the bloke that jumps at any chance of robbing you and your family. Yes the dark winter night are here and so are the thieves. So what are you doing to stop your home or car being robbed. (Nothing) or something. Research shows that 40 % more crimes are committed in the winter to that of the summer. Here are some safety tips that should help in the prevention of crime against yourself.

1) Get yourself a descent Home safe to lock away all your most precious valuables. ( plus make sure you bolt it down to the floor or wall)

2) make sure if your going away, you leave a light on timer and tell know one that your away, the chase that you know the person who robs you is very unlikely but it happens.

3) Check all the doors and windows before you leave, you might not of but someone else might have left a window or door open, ( easy entry)

4) Try to walk in the light using street lighting to guide your path home or to the shops.

5) Get security lighting fitted around your property, this will act as a deterrent and will help you in the winter as the days are very short

Emergency key box

December 4th, 2012

emergency key box

Kate Middleton’s and Princess William celebrate

December 4th, 2012

Middleton

Tax avoidance

December 3rd, 2012

Starbucks told MPs it had made a loss for 14 of the 15 years it has operated in the UK

 

Starbucks told MPs it had made a loss for 14 of the 15 years it has operated in the UK

Starbucks, Google and Amazon have been accused of “immorally” minimising their UK tax bills in a damning report by a spending watchdog.

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) criticised the companies for the “unconvincing and, in some cases, evasive” evidence they gave on why their corporation tax payments are so low.

MPs warned there are many multinationals exploiting tax laws to move offshore profits that are clearly generated in the UK and called on the Government to “get a grip”.

It accused HM Revenue and Customs of looking “way too lenient” over the way it deals with big name firms who are “getting away with” paying little or no corporation tax. The PAC criticised HMRC for undermining the system because it was “selective” in its prosecutions and warned smaller companies could feel victimised.

Committee chairwoman Margaret Hodge said: “Global companies with huge operations in the UK generating significant amounts of income are getting away with paying little or no corporation tax here. This is outrageous and an insult to British businesses and individuals who pay their fair share. Corporation tax revenues have fallen at a time when securing proper income from taxes is more vital than ever.

“There is little credible information about what is going on. The evidence we took from large corporations was unconvincing and, in some cases, evasive. HMRC also lacked clarity when trying to explain its approach to enforcing the corporation tax regime. The inescapable conclusion is that multinationals are using structures and exploiting current tax legislation to move offshore profits that are clearly generated from economic activity in the UK.”

Starbucks told MPs it had made a loss for 14 of the 15 years it has operated in the UK, making just a small profit in 2006. In its report the committee said it found that claim “difficult to believe” and said it was “inconsistent” with claims the company was making about its success to shareholders.

MPs rounded on Amazon’s representative, saying they were left frustrated because he was “evasive and unprepared to answer legitimate questions”. While the company had a UK operation involving 15,000 staff it pays little corporation tax in the UK. It said the company’s UK website reported a turnover of

Victoria’s secret fashion show 2012 model ( new models availabvle )

December 3rd, 2012

Victoria’s secret fashion show 2012 model