Rebooting reputation of computer legend Alan Turing Anthony Faiola As lawmakers debate a pardon for a father of the computer, Alan Turing is turning into a folk hero. Mayor in Israels Galilee says no to mosques and churches William Booth and Ruth Eglash On a hill above the majority-Arab Nazareth, an Israeli mayor says his city will be Jewish now and forever. Karen DeYoung and Colum Lynch The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons says Syria provided an initial statement. World Digest: Sept. 19, 2013 Rival rebel groups clash for second day in northern Syria; children find handcuffed corpses in Baghdad. Bloom insisted he was joking, that slut was a way of referring not to promiscuity but untidiness. He later asked a BBC reporter if her mother had ever called her a slut. That reporter laughed but the comments set off a firestorm, later exacerbated when Bloom struck a reporter with a conference brochure for asking why there were no black faces on the booklets cover. Bloom has previously been criticized for saying Britain shouldnt be sending aid to Bongo Bongo land a derogatory term for African nations. Party leader Nigel Farage said Bloom had gone beyond the pale with his slut comment. What he ought to have learnt is that time and time again he says things that overshadow the whole agenda that UKIP is fighting for. Party Chairman Steve Crowther said that Bloom accepted his decision to revoke the whip or withdraw its support of Bloom pending a disciplinary hearing. He called it a shame that the Bloom incidents were conditioning media coverage of the conference. Crowther earlier criticized Blooms use of the term Bongo Bongo land, saying it should not be used by UKIP members because it was outdated. Another European right-wing party Italys Northern League stirred controversy this year when a member referred to the nations first black Cabinet minister as belonging to a Bongo Bongo government. Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
RELATED LONDON: Hundreds of British children have been blackmailed into indulging in online sex acts, consequently making several of them kill themselves. Britain’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre has revealed a shocking trend of online blackmail causing children to harm themselves. In the past two years CEOP has investigated 12 cases where children were blackmailed into performing sexual acts on a webcam. According to figures from the police forces in the UK and abroad, 424 children have been a victimized and have being forced to submit to online sexual blackmail in some form. Among them, 184 belonged to the UK. Most of the British children targeted were boys aged 11 to 15. Britons were disproportionately targeted because they spoke English, and in the apparent belief that liberal values in this country were likely to make them more susceptible to ‘online grooming’ , CEOP said. The CEOP centre has been involved in 12 operations where blackmailing children into performing sexual acts has been a clear motive of the offender. Research also shows that of those victims, seven children seriously self-harmed or attempted to take their own life. The CEOP centre, which will become a command within the National Crime Agency from next month, has also found that in some cases, children are not only made to exchange sexual images/videos of themselves, but also forced by offenders to perform other acts live on webcam including writing degrading statements on their body and cutting themselves. The children are usually forced into performing these acts after the offender, who often initially pretends to be a child, threatens to share their naked pictures or chats with friends and family unless they do as they are told. In one of the cases, an offender even collated his images of blackmailed victims in a folder named ‘slaves’ . Once the child has sent the images, the offenders begin blackmailing them either for more of such indecent images or, in few cases, even for cash.
The bank settled a civil suit, but criminal charges are still pending against the bank and several employees, with hearings in the trial “occurring on a weekly basis since May 2010.” Enron The bank and some of its executives are still being sued over the bank’s relationship with the failed, fraud-ridden energy giant, more than a decade after its failure. Energy Manipulation Speaking of Enron, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is investigating charges that JPMorgan manipulated power markets in California and the Midwest. Credit Card Swipe Fees The bank said in the filing that it will pay about $1.2 billion to settle charges that it conspired with MasterCard and Visa to rig credit-card swipe fees. Libor The bank is being investigated by regulators all over the world for its alleged involvement in manipulating Libor, a short-term interest rate that affects borrowing costs for people, businesses and governments all over the world. Madoff Ponzi Scheme Several lawsuits have accused the bank of aiding and abetting Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme, the biggest in history. The Madoff bankruptcy trustee and others have also sued the bank to get back some Madoff clients’ money. MF Global The bank is under investigation by regulators for its relationship with the failed brokerage firm MF Global. It is also being sued for allegedly aiding and abetting MF Global misuse of customer money. Mortgage Backed Securities The bank is being sued by hordes of investors for its bundling and selling of mortgage-backed securities packed with bad mortgage debt before the financial crisis. “There are currently pending and tolled investor claims involving approximately $130 billion of such securities,” the bank says. Mortgage Foreclosures The bank was part of the big $25 billion settlement with the government over mortgage-foreclosure abuses. But there are still several lawsuits and regulatory actions pending against the bank over its foreclosure practices.
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LONDON –Ricky Wilson, lead singer of British band Kaiser Chiefs, will fill the fourth coach position on BBC Ones The Voice UK when it returns for its third season here in January, completing the shows revamped lineup. our editor recommends TV Ratings: Simon Cowell’s ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ Hits Season-High, ‘The Voice UK’ Drops The U.K. public broadcaster announced the news Thursday after adding Kylie Minogue and a new duo of hosts. Wilson and Minogue replace Jessie J and Danny O’Donoghue in the red coaching chairs on the show. Tom Jonesand will.i.amare returning as coaches. The Voice UK in its first season beat Simon Cowell’s Britain’s Got Talent several weeks in a row, but lost momentum in its second season, leading to calls for new coaches, hosts and format tweaks. The Kaiser Chiefs topped the U.K. charts with “Ruby” and held top-10 positions with such songs as “I Predict a Riot,” “Every Day I Love You Less and Less” and “Oh My God.” The band also performed at the Summer Olympics closing ceremony in London last year. “Who doesn’t want to spend their Saturday night with Kylie Minogue?” quipped Wilson. “I spent last winter yelling at The Voice, and both Sir Tom Jones and will.i.am were total superstars. I’m just lucky the Kaiser Chiefs have rubber-stamped my temporary loan!” Wilson has previously appeared on the BBC, including as host of music-themed comedy panel game show Never Mind the Buzzcocks and an appearance on The Culture Show. Mark Linsey, controller, entertainment commissioning at the BBC, said: “Ricky is one of the U.K. music scenes great frontmen.