Daily Archives: April 6, 2008

The Olympic torch turned to Olympic torture in London

Thirty arrests have been made after clashes between pro-Tibet protesters and police as the Olympic torch made its way through London.

Protests over China’s human rights record began soon after the relay began at Wembley, and prompted an increasing police presence through the city. One protester tried to snatch the torch from former Blue Peter host Konnie Huq.

After an unpublicized change to the route, the Chinese ambassador carried the torch through Chinatown. It later made an unscheduled move on to a bus.

Well for how many people in China and Tibet the Olympic torch has turned to Olympic torture?

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Some progress…

US President George W Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin have signed a framework agreement but said they had made no breakthrough on differences.

Mr. Putin said Russia remained opposed to US missile defense plans in Europe, but there were “positive developments”. Mr. Bush said there was still work to do to persuade Moscow that the system was not aimed at Russia. Their farewell meeting, in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi, came a month

Before Mr. Putin was due to stand down.

Russian President-elect Dmitry Medvedev also met Mr. Bush, saying he hoped to continue advancing Russia-US relations.

Both are together for the last time and both are not going to be president’s by the end of the year …one is going to be strong and return in presidents soon the other will be forgotten or better remembered as the worst example!

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Microsoft gives Yahoo three weeks

Microsoft has given Yahoo a three-week deadline to respond to its offer to buy out the internet company for $44.6bn.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said his company would take its case directly to Yahoo’s shareholders if Yahoo’s directors did not respond by 26 April. Microsoft made an unsolicited bid on 31 January, but Yahoo’s board rejected it as substantially underrating its value. Yahoo has since explored alliances with other firms, but no offer has surfaced.

In a letter, Mr Ballmer acknowledged that such negotiations were underway, but wondered why Yahoo was not talking to Microsoft too. “This is despite the fact that our proposal is the only alternative put forward that offers your shareholders full and fair value for their shares,” he wrote. “During these two months of inactivity, the internet has continued to march on, while the public equity markets and overall economic conditions have weakened considerably,” he added.

Mr Ballmer said his company’s offer – 62% above Yahoo’s market value at the time – had grown stronger as time had passed. “We believe that the majority of your shareholders share this assessment,” he wrote, adding that Microsoft would take its case directly to them and work to elect a new board of directors if they did not respond within three weeks.

Last month, Yahoo estimated it would almost double its operating cash flow over the next three years and generate $8.8bn in revenue after costs in 2010. “Yahoo provides meaningful strategic value and warrants a significant acquisition premium above its equity value in a potential change of control transaction,” it said.

The only thing you can add to that is …Bill Gates obviously thinks that he plays monopoly and the scary thing is that he …wins!

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Ben Hur dies

Charlton Heston, who won a best actor Oscar for his starring role in the epic Ben Hur has died, a spokesman for the star’s family has said.

Heston died on Saturday at his home in Beverly Hills with his wife Lydia, whom he married in 1944, at his side. Heston also portrayed Michelangelo, El Cid and other heroic figures in movie epics of the 1950s and 1960s.

He stepped down as president of US gun lobby, the National Rifle Association (NRA), in 2003, citing ill-health. The previous year, he had revealed he had symptoms consistent with Alzheimer’s disease.

Heston was born John Charles Carter in Evanston, Illinois.

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The Ovi magazine today

Twins, Not Clones: Interview with Tegan Quin, Tegan & Sara by Vesa Kuosmanen

When meeting with Tegan Quin, the other half of Canadian Tegan

Pray for them by Thanos Kalamidas
What happened at the last NATO summit in Romania is known and hundreds of pages have been written from experts and analysts.

Hungary Report by Euro Reporter
Today’s Euro Reporter picks stories from Hungary, so we hope you have a healthy appetite…

“Hernia” by Alexander Mikhaylov
“Poetry is the revelation of a feeling that the poet believes to be interior and personal which the reader recognizes as his own.” – Salvatore Quasimodo

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