Thursday, September 6, 2012

Winehouse dad: Our shock at Amy coroner

TRAGIC Amy Winehouse's dad told last night of his shock after learning the coroner at her inquest was not fully qualified.

Mitch Winehouse said "irregularities" surrounding assistant deputy coroner Suzanne Greenaway were "distressing".
He and his former wife Janis — Amy's mum — are "taking advice" amid claims the inquest may be declared illegal and a new hearing arranged. Last night Mitch told The Sun: "We were very shocked when we were informed the coroner was not suitably qualified. It's hard to believe her credentials weren't fully checked. You'd assume this sort of thing can't happen.
"We've been informed the coroner was taking guidance from more experienced professionals and the verdict doesn't appear to be in any doubt, but it's upsetting to have to go through all this again. We just hope that matters can be resolved soon."
'Shocked' ... Mitch Winehouse
'Shocked' ... Mitch Winehouse
Ms Greenaway was appointed to her job by her husband Dr Andrew Reid, the Inner North London Coroner. The Office for Judicial Complaints is currently investigating both of them. She recorded a misadventure verdict last October on Rehab singer Amy, 27, who died from alcohol poisoning in Camden, North London. Ms Greenaway stood down a month later.
Coroners can be appointed only if they have been in the Law Society as a solicitor for at least five years, but she joined just two-and-a-half years ago. There are fears the 30 inquests she presided over could be declared illegal. Dr Reid has admitted his error and apologised.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Sharon Watts back on Albert Square

Actress Letitia Dean

Original EastEnder Sharon Watts is to make a return to Albert Square after an absence of six years.
Actress Letitia Dean, 44, will head back to Walford later this year - her third major stint on the EastEnders.
The last time viewers saw her was in early 2006 after she had been left a widow following the death of husband Dennis Rickman.
She is the latest blast from the past to make an appearance on the show following recent guest roles for Nick Berry and Michael French as Wicksy and his brother David.
Former Queen Vic landlady Sharon has been one of the show's key characters and her affair with brother-in-law Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden) led to one of the show's highest rating episodes. It also prompted her departure from the series in 1994.
Sharon returned in 2001, to take over at the Vic, which had formerly been run by her adoptive parents, Angie and Den Watts.
She stayed until 2004 and then returned again the following year, only to bow out once more in January 2006, following the stabbing of Dennis who died in her arms.
Dean went on to compete in BBC1's Strictly Come Dancing in 2007, as well as tour in the stage production of Calendar Girls.
Details of the circumstances of her return are being kept under wraps.
Dean said: "I am really looking forward to being part of the EastEnders team again, as it has always been very close to my heart. I cannot wait to work with my old colleagues and see what is in store for Sharon."
Executive producer Bryan Kirkwood said: "I'm thrilled that Letitia is coming back home to Albert Square where she belongs.
"Sharon is a real favourite amongst EastEnders' fans and I for one can't wait until she arrives back in the summer."

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

SET rises 5.31 points

he Stock Exchange of Thailand main index went up 5.31 points or 0.49% to close at 1,091.67 points at the end of trading session on Thursday Afternoon. The trade value was 31.84 billion baht, with 4.41 billion shares traded.
The SET50 index ended at 763.40 points, up 4.24 points or 0.56 %, with a total trade value of 22.89 billion baht.
The SET100 index rose 9.04 points or 0.55% to stand at 1,660.39 points, with a total turnover of 27.04 billion baht.
The SETHD index went up 9.69 points or 0.92% to stand at 1,063.88 points, with total trade value of 7.98 billion baht.
The MAI index rose 0.36 point or 0.12% to close at 290.81 points, with total transaction value of 1.04 billion baht.
Top five most active values were as follows;
PTT              closed at   342.00 baht, up 3.00 baht (0.88%)
KTB              closed at     15.60 baht, up 0.30 baht (1.96%)
PTTGC         closed at     67.00 baht, up 0.50 baht (0.75%)
BANPU (XD)  closed at   600.00 baht, up 8.00 baht (1.35%)
CPF              closed at     35.75 baht, up 0.75 baht (2.14%)

Monday, September 3, 2012

Flu Warning Issued

The coldest February in about 30 years has increased the dangers of a flu wave, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday. The agency said since an influenza advisory was issued on Jan. 5, the number of patients has been soaring in southern regions like Gwangju, Ulsan, and South Gyeongsang Province, and infections continue in Seoul and the central region.

"Influenza used to prevail from late December to early January over the past five years and flu patients in early February are quite rare," said Park Sun-hee of the KCDC. "We expect the number of flu patients to increase sharply as biting cold weather is predicted for February and students are returning to school this month."

To prevent flu, the KCDC advised the elderly, patients with chronic diseases, children and pregnant women to get preventive shots and wash their hands frequently. It recommends wearing masks if they have a fever, cough and runny nose.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Pak Supreme Court summons Gilani

Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani

Pakistan's Supreme Court will charge Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani with contempt over a refusal to pursue corruption cases against the President Asif Ali Zardari, his lawyer said on Thursday
Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Thursday summoned Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to appear before it on February 13, when he will be formally charged with contempt of court for failing to act on the court’s orders to reopen graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari.

A seven—judge bench led by Justice Nasir—ul—Mulk issued the order this afternoon after hearing arguments from Gilani’s lawyer Aitzaz Ahsan, who argued that the premier had not committed contempt by acting on the apex court’s orders as the President had complete immunity from prosecution within Pakistan and abroad.

If Gilani is convicted in the contempt case, he will be disqualified from holding any public office for five years.

He will also have the right to appeal any order convicting him within a period of 30 days.

“The court has ordered the framing of charges against Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani for contempt of court on February 13. He will be present in court,” Ahsan told reporters outside the Supreme Court.

“My advice to my client will be to appeal the decision but he will have to decide...We have the option to appeal,” Ahsan said in response to questions from journalists.

If an intra—court appeal is filed, an appellate bench could decide to suspend the order, he said.

Gilani had personally appeared before the bench when it first took up the contempt case on January 19 but he was exempted from further hearings.

The Supreme Court has been pressuring the government to reopen cases of alleged money laundering against Zardari in Switzerland after it struck down the National Reconciliation Ordinance, a graft amnesty passed by former President Pervez Musharraf, in December 2009.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Khamenei criticizes US 'interference' in Syria

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei 

TEHRAN - Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei criticized "interference" by the United States in Syrian affairs on Tuesday, but said Tehran would welcome reforms in its closest Arab ally, the official IRNA news agency reported.

"Iran's stance towards Syria is to support any reforms that benefit the people of this country and oppose the interference of America and its allies in Syrian domestic issues," Khamenei said, according to IRNA.

Khamenei's remarks came as the Arab League prepared to present a plan to the UN Security Council - backed by Washington, Paris and London - for Syria's President Bashar Assad to give up powers.

Tehran has tempered its rhetoric on Syria as the crisis there has dragged on for 10 months. At first, it wholeheartedly supported Assad's stance against public opposition, but lately it has been encouraging reforms to take account of popular grievances.

Assad says his government is committed to reform but is battling a foreign-backed insurgency by militants.

Khamenei criticized neighbors for allying themselves with Washington.

"When one looks at the developments in that country ... America's plans for Syria are evident and unfortunately some foreign and regional countries take part in America's plans," Khamenei said.

Assad's alliance with Shi'ite Muslim, non-Arab Iran has occasionally put him at odds with other Arab countries, mostly ruled by Sunni Muslims.

The Arab League has proposed a peace plan which would involve Assad giving up powers to a deputy. Arab League Secretary-General Nabil Elaraby was taking that plan to the UN Security Council on Tuesday, backed by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the foreign ministers of France and Britain.

The United Nations said in December more than 5,000 people had been killed in Assad's crackdown on protests. Syria says more than 2,000 security force members have been killed by militants.