Daily Archives: March 27, 2008

Lidl peeps …its staff

German supermarket group Lidl has denied that it spied on its staff, but has admitted that it placed secret cameras in its stores.

The company, which also confirmed it had employed private detectives, insisted that it carried out the measures simply to combat shoplifting. Lidl was responding to a press report that it spied on thousands of its staff across Germany and the Czech Republic.

The article said Lidl recorded how often staff went to the toilet. Featured in German magazine Stern, the article said that the company even monitored certain employees’ love lives.

So they really peep! Lidl is known for been cheap but not soooooo cheap!!!


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It was the Mohammed cartoons, now …the Koran film

The Dutch right-wing politician Geert Wilders has posted a controversial film critical of Islam’s holy book, the Koran, on the internet. The opening scenes show a copy of the Koran, followed by footage of the attacks on the US on 11 September 2001.

The 15-minute film was posted on video-sharing website LiveLeak. Its planned release had sparked angry protests in Muslim countries. The Dutch government has distanced itself from the views of Mr. Wilders.

The film is called “Fitna”, a Koranic term sometimes translated as “strife”. Dutch broadcasters have declined to show it.

Graphic images from the bomb attacks on London in July 2005 and Madrid in March 2004 are also shown.

Scenes from a beheading and pictures of the Dutch director Theo van Gogh, who was murdered by a radical Islamist in 2004, are also included. The film ends with someone turning pages of a Koran, followed by a tearing sound.

It was natural that something like that was coming after all action brings reaction and the extreme Muslims were till now the only ones to act so it’s the turn of extreme European to react especially after what happened with the Mohamed cartoons and all the demonstrations in most of the European cities.

The fascinating thing about all these is that the people who will find the chance to talk about freedom of speech and the right to show whatever they want are the ones who if ever come in power will shut the mouths of everyone!


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Sorry for Tupac claim

The Los Angeles Times has apologized for claiming rap mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs was involved in a 1994 shooting of hip-hop star Tupac Shakur.

The apology follows a claim that the newspaper was conned by a prisoner who doctored the documents used. “The bottom line is that the documents we relied on should not have been used,” said editor Russ Stanton. Combs has already called the report “completely untrue” and “a lie”. Writer Chuck Philips said he “got duped”. Two years after the attack in New York, Shakur died in a separate shooting incident in Las Vegas.

The LA Times, which published the original story on its website, initially said its claims were based on FBI records, witness accounts and other unnamed sources. Mr. Stanton launched an investigation following claims published earlier this week on The Smoking Gun website.

“We apologies to both our readers and to those referenced in the documents and in the story,” he said. The Smoking Gun claimed the documents used were fabricated by a prison inmate with a history of exaggerating his place on the rap music scene.

The newspaper said its story, published on 17 March, was based on FBI records, interviews with people at the scene of the shooting, and statements to the FBI by an informant. None of the sources were named. Mr. Philips, who wrote the story, said a former FBI agent examined the documents in question on his behalf and said they appeared to be legitimate.

But he said he now wished he had done more to investigate their authenticity. And if he did would he find anybody’s involvement? This is very tricky answer and still leaves suspicions in the air!


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Check-in Heathrow

All luggage check-in has been suspended at Heathrow‘s new £4.3bn Terminal 5, after cancelled flights and baggage delays blighted its opening day.

British Airways, which has sole use of the terminal, cancelled 34 flights due to “teething problems” and was later forced to stop luggage check-in. Technical difficulties have also led to baggage delays of up to four hours.

BA blamed the glitches on problems with “staff familiarisation”, which had a knock-on effect on bags and flights. In a day of problems at the new terminal, airport operator BAA said a baggage belt had stopped working, meaning a halt to check-in for passengers with bags.

Not a good day for flying to Heathrow but then which is ever a good day and how much this new terminal has helped?


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The Ovi magazine today

Whither democracy in America? Part 2: Is Democracy for sale in America? by Dr. Habib Siddiqui

The Christian fundamentalists and evangelists cast liberal seminaries as “sinful” havens. For legitimacy of imperial rule, they recruited and financed minority (e.g., Blacks, Chinese and Korean) churches who parroted their views.

Musharraf’s song by Thanos Kalamidas
Pakistan has a new Prime Minister elected in Musharraf’s democratic way and acceptance which means Musharraf decides the song that the new P.M. dances to.

Les deux portes du Moyen-Orient (1/3) by Newropeans-Magazine
Un regard historique peut clarifier les preceptes de liens ou de divergences qui ont pu donner lieu a l’etat actuel dans lequel se trouvent le monde arabe et son voisin iranien.

The Draft Constitution of Burma’s Military Rulers by Rohingya Human Rights
Burma has been in a political deadlock since the military refused to recognize the election results of 1990 and in order to facilitate a national reconciliation on the democratic reforms, the UN Chief has appointed Ibrahim Gambari.


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Atkinson will be … Fagin

Mr. Bean, Rowan Atkinson is to star as Fagin in the forthcoming West End stage production of Oliver! The cast will also include the winners of the BBC show I’d Do Anything – one actress will play Nancy and three boys will take turns to play the lead role.

Blackadder star Atkinson, 53, said the role was a long-held ambition. “In the 1980s I enjoyed doing a lot of West End theatre and since then have been distracted very much by Mr Bean and film-making,” he said.

“I had been thinking for some time about returning to the stage and the idea of the role of Fagin, which has long intrigued me. “Some time ago I even played the role in a school production so it seemed like too good an opportunity to miss.”


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The Twins!

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