Sunday, July 31, 2011
It might be the most difficult PR job in New York.
As his country is ripped apart by a bloody civil war and rebels fight to topple him, Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi is trying to hire a public relations firm to improve his image.
In a bizarre email scouting for candidates, the country's Ministry of Information also claims the NATO strikes were caused by a 'P.R. attack' - rather than the slaughter of innocent protesters.
To fight back, Gaddafi is looking for a spin doctor to issue daily press briefings on his 'moral' and 'legal' claims to power, as hundreds die trying to end his 42-year regime.
Ali Darwish, of the Libyan Ministry of Information, sent the pitch to agencies in New York City and London earlier this month, asking for representatives to 'present our just and fair case to the world'.
He wrote: 'We have good moral, political and legal logic supporting our position as the legitimate, sovereign and popular government of Libya.
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'We also have proofs in written, audio and video forms to take our case forward.'
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2020805/Libyan-dictator-Muammar-Gaddafi-tries-hire-NYC-public-relations-firm-improve-image.html#ixzz1Tk48HFaf
By Jim Forsyth
SAN ANTONIO, July 31 | Sun Jul 31, 2011 12:03pm EDT
(Reuters) - Sticky heat was expected to smother much of the country's midsection in coming days as hotter-than-usual temperatures continued to roast parts of the Midwest and South, forecasters said on Sunday.
Areas of Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma were under excessive heat warnings with heat advisories issued for a large swath of the Central United States, according to the National Weather Service.
Heat and humidity were forecast to continue with air temperatures and heat index readings climbing well into the triple digits for parts of the region at least through midweek.
by Silla Sigurgeirsdóttir and Robert H Wade
The referendum was significant since European governments, pressured by speculators, the IMF and the European Commission, are imposing austerity policies on which their citizens have not voted. Even devotees of deregulation are worried by the degree of the western world’s servitude to unconstrained financial institutions. After the Icelandic referendum, even the liberal Financial Times noted with approval on 13 April that it had been possible to “put citizens before banks”, an idea which does not resonate among European political leaders.
Iceland is an unusually pure example of the dynamics that blocked regulation and caused financial fragility across the developed world for 20 years. In 2007, just before the financial crisis, Iceland’s average income was the fifth highest in the world, 60% above US levels; Reykjavik’s shops were stuffed with luxury goods, its restaurants made London seem cheap, and SUVs choked the narrow streets. Icelanders were the happiest people in the world according to an international study in 2006 (1). Much of this rested on the super-fast growth of three Icelandic banks that rose from small utility institutions in 1998 to being among world’s top 300 banks eight years later, increasing their assets from 100% of GDP in 2000 to almost 800% by 2007, a ratio second only to Switzerland.
New York Post
Cancer-stricken Ground Zero worker Edgar Galvis has finally received a compensation check -- for zero dollars.
The 51-year-old Queens man, who suffered sinus problems and then throat cancer after months of removing toxic debris from the World Financial Center, was relieved to get a check in the mail for his court settlement with Merrill Lynch, whose offices he had cleaned.
But he was stunned when he saw the amount: $0.00.
His award had been $10,005, but his lawyers at the firm Worby, Groner, Edelman & Napoli Bern lopped off $2,579 for unitemized legal expenses. Then they took a 33.3 percent fee of $2,124. They also subtracted $352, a fee to the lawyer who referred him. The remaining $4,950 was withheld for unspecified "liens," the letter says. Galvis thinks this was repayment of workers' compensation for aid.
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Last updated at 8:45 PM on 30th July 2011
More than two dozen assault rifles have been stolen from a Southern California military base, it was today reported.
But the incident, in which 26 AK-74 assault rifles and one Dragunov sniper rifle were stolen from a supply warehouse at Fort Irwin in San Bernardino County, happened two weeks ago.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives couldn't say why the public hadn't been told about the theft earlier, but decided to issue a news release because of the potential danger the loose weapons posed.
They have offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to more arrests.
Theft: 27 rifles have been stolen from a supply warehouse at Fort Irwin in San Bernardino County
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2020523/27-rifles-stolen-Southern-California-military-base--ATF-didnt-tell-public-weeks.html#ixzz1ThMKmUZS
NATO launched a major air campaign against the forces of the Libyan regime in mid-March under a UN mandate to “protect the Libyan population.”
By Scot J. Paltrow
NEW YORK | Wed Jul 20, 2011 6:24pm EDT
(Reuters) - State attorneys general are negotiating to give major banks wide immunity over irregularities in handling foreclosures, even as evidence has emerged that banks are continuing to file questionable documents.