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« Reply #2115 on: Dec 7th, 2010, 08:17am »
WikiLeaks to keep releasing cables despite Assange arrest • WikiLeaks founder to give video message • Assange due in court on Swedish sex charges
Robert Booth guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 7 December 2010 11.42 GMT
The WikiLeaks founder voluntarily met police to discuss the Swedish allegations Link to this video WikiLeaks will continue releasing the leaked US embassy cables in spite of the arrest this morning of its founder, Julian Assange, over allegations in Sweden of sexual offences.
The whistleblowers' website has made arrangements to continue publishing the classified documents, the airing of which has embarrassed the US government. The leaked cables have provided a daily flow of revelations about the superpower's involvement in the most sensitive issues around the world, including those affecting Iran, Afghanistan and China.
The decision to press on will help allay fears among Assange's supporters that his arrest would hobble the organisation's work.
Assange has also pre-recorded a video message, which WikiLeaks is due to release today. But the Guardian understands the organisation has no plans to release the insurance file of the remaining cables, which number more than 200,000. It has sent copies of the encrypted file to supporters around the world. These can be accessed only by using a 256-digit code.
Assange and his lawyers, Mark Stephens and Jennifer Robinson, attended a London police station at 9.30am today, by appointment. The 39-year old Australian was arrested under a European arrest warrant. He is wanted by Swedish authorities to face one charge of unlawful coercion, two charges of sexual molestation and one charge of rape, all alleged to have been committed in August 2010.
Assange and his legal team kept changing the location of the planned arrest up until last night in a successful bid to avoid a media scrum. He is expected to appear at City of Westminster magistrates court later today, probably before 12.30pm.
"Officers from the Metropolitan Police Extradition Unit have this morning arrested Julian Assange on behalf of the Swedish authorities on suspicion of rape," said a spokesman for Scotland Yard. "Julian Assange, 39, was arrested on a European arrest warrant by appointment at a London police station at 9.30am."
In the last 24 hours, coverage of the content of the cables has been overtaken by interest in Assange's apparently unrelated legal tussle with Swedish prosecutors. Assange strongly denies any wrongdoing. Stephens yesterday said the issue could be summed up as a "dispute over consensual but unprotected sex".
The charges have changed several times since they were first levelled by two women on 20 August in relation to events over the weekend of 13 August. Swedish prosecutors initially dismissed the allegations of one of the women but the country's director of public prosecution, Marianne Ny, reopened the case.
On 18 November, Stockholm's district court approved a request to issue an international and European arrest warrant, which itself was disputed by Assange's legal team.
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« Reply #2116 on: Dec 7th, 2010, 08:20am »
£1.2m Stradivarius violin stolen while world-famous musician was eating A 314-year-old Stradivarius violin worth £1.2 million was stolen from a world-famous musician when she stopped for a £2.95 sandwich at a station.
10:25PM GMT 06 Dec 2010
Internationally acclaimed violinist Min-Jin Kym, who is signed to record label Sony BMG, was on her way to catch a train when three opportunistic thieves struck.
Her instrument, which was made in 1696, was in a black case that also contained a Peccatte bow worth £62,000 and another made by the Bazin school valued at over £5,000.
Miss Kym, 32, had put her prized instrument - one of only 450 in the world - on the ground at a branch of Pret A Manger by Londons Euston station for only a few minutes.
She was grabbing a sandwich and a coffee with a friend before travelling to Manchester to visit her family.
South Korean-born Miss Kym began playing the violin aged six and made her international debut with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra when she was 13.
She became the youngest ever musician to receive a foundation scholarship at the prestigious Royal College of Music at the age of 16.
She has performed with some of the world's leading orchestras and released Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D Major on the Sony label.
Insurers have offered a £15,000 reward for information leading to recovery of the violin and bows.
It was on long-term loan to Miss Kym and it is not known who owns it.
The instrument has identifying repair marks under its bridge and a specially-moulded chin strap.
Police believe an opportunist gang targeting passengers at the station grabbed the case without having any idea of the value of its contents.
Pret worker Hafid Salah told of Miss Kyms panic when she realised her violin had vanished.
He said: She and her friend were on computers and iPhones and not looking at their bags.
She came up to me at the counter and said Have you seen my bag? Call the police. Can you get the CCTV? You have to do something.
She was really upset and panicking.
Detective inspector Andy Rose, of British Transport Police, said that the violin, which was stolen on November 29, might be offered for sale within the antique industry.
He said: The victim arrived at Euston with her violin before stopping to get something to eat at the Pret A Manger café outside the station.
Around 9pm, she noticed her black, rectangular violin case had been taken and immediately called the police.
These items hold enormous sentimental and professional value for the victim but although they are extremely valuable, it would be very difficult to sell them on as they are so rare and distinctive.
It's possible the instrument will be offered for sale within the antique or musical trade and we ask anyone who has any knowledge of the violin's whereabouts to come forward.
The Metropolitan Polices Art and Antiques unit has been alerted but detectives say the thief may have taken the violin to another city by train from Euston.
Anyone with information can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800555111.
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« Reply #2117 on: Dec 7th, 2010, 08:27am »
Dec. 7, 1963: Video Instant Replay Comes to TV By Erik Malinowski December 7, 2010 | 7:00 am Categories: 20th century, Communication, Inventions
1963: The college football game between Army and Navy marks the first use of video instant replay during a sports telecast. Many fans find it confusing.
The annual matchup between these two military service academies always garners plenty of national attention, but the ‘63 game carried added significance after the Nov. 22 assassination of President John F. Kennedy delayed the game and hundreds of other college football contests around the country. (Kennedy himself had been slated to attend the game.)
With the game postponed a week to Dec. 7, CBS decided to use it as a trial for the new videotape instant-replay system. Tony Verna, a 29-year-old TV producer, was at the helm of the production. Having already made his mark directing the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, Verna felt he was up to the job.
Except things didn’t exactly go as planned. Technical issues meant that the only time Verna’s crew was able to successfully get a play rebroadcast over the air while the game was underway was at the end, when Army scored the go-ahead touchdown.
As Michael Connelly describes it in his book The President’s Team: The 1963 Army-Navy Game and the Assassination of JFK, millions of people watching at home were instantly beside themselves with bewilderment.
People watching the game on television were confused. After [Army quarterback Rollie] Stichweh rolled right and plunged into the end zone for a 1-yard touchdown, they saw him do exactly the same thing again. Immediately, the CBS phone lines were inundated with phone calls to confirm whether Army had scored again.
Alas, Army had not scored again, broadcaster Lindsey Nelson assured the viewers, but the game was over all the same. Underdog Army had knocked off Navy, 21-15, sending the 102,000 people in attendance into jubilation or gloom. Navy quarterback Roger Staubach went on to win the Heisman Trophy as college football’s best player, before enjoying a Hall of Fame career with the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys.
Instant replay has since been refined with slo-mo and freeze frame, and gone on to be embraced for officiation in many professional sports. The NFL has official reviews and gives each coach multiple “challenges”, so that officials can go stand in an isolated, covered area and look at multiple camera angles before correcting or confirming an on-field call.
The NHL relies on a central nerve center in Toronto when goals are called into question. (Hockey actually had an earlier instant replay, though it wasn’t on videotape: An unauthorized experiment in 1950 used a rush-processed kinescope film to replay a hockey goal on CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada in 1950.)
Major League Baseball, however, only reviews fair-or-foul and inside-the-park-or out calls on home runs. It won’t consider using replay, even in the pursuit of perfection.
Soccer eschews the use of any technology — no matter how deafening the controversy.
But whenever those sports come around, they can point back to an epic upset in 1963, when a nation was in mourning and needed something to cheer about.
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« Reply #2121 on: Dec 7th, 2010, 1:28pm »
A PROSPECTOR who went to find gold in the hills thinks he may have found something better - evidence that aliens really do exist.
Adam Cainero believes he captured a photograph of an alien spacecraft hovering above an escarpment near Majors Creek, in the Southern Tablelands near Braidwood.
After an unsuccessful weekend fossicking for gold Mr Cainero and a friend were making the long trip home when he stopped to take a snap of the steep mountain they had driven down.
When he got home, Mr Cainero said he realised he had found gold of another kind after all.
"I just took a picture of the mountain range and the sun was in my eyes so I just kind of pointed and shot," Mr Cainero said. "Then we looked at the picture - we were, like, no way."
With its shape and its position in the sky, Mr Cainero said he immediately knew the black object was a UFO.
"We always see really weird things as we go out to places where there is no one around," he said.
There had been talk among fossickers about UFOs being in the area, he said. "A lot of people I know who go into the bush reckon they have seen one," Mr Cainero said.
Earlier this year The Daily Telegraph revealed the suburbs around Gosford, on the Central Coast, were the state's biggest hot spot when it came to UFO sightings, with dozens of cases reported every year. Each month people turn up to meetings to share their UFO experiences.
The region was the scene of one of Australia's most baffling UFO cases - a series of sightings in 1995 and 1996 - reported by police and many other credible witnesses.
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« Reply #2128 on: Dec 7th, 2010, 5:49pm »
Three are dead. Who is Number Four? D.J. Caruso (“Eagle Eye,” “Disturbia”) helms an action-packed thriller about an extraordinary teen, John Smith (Alex Pettyfer), who is a fugitive on the run from ruthless enemies sent to destroy him. Changing his identity, moving from town to town with his guardian Henri (Timothy Olyphant), John is always the new kid with no ties to his past. In the small Ohio town he now calls home, John encounters unexpected, life-changing events—his first love (Dianna Agron), powerful new abilities and a connection to the others who share his incredible destiny.
It looks like CGI. The cables are locked into position with the clouds when the camera is moving and they shouldn't be because they're much closer than the clouds. There should be some shift between the clouds and the lines. There isn't because the camera movement is artificial and done after the video was shot. We're moving around over portions of a larger frame and the UFO is rendered over the video.