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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. --  A $900
trillion suit.
That's trillion with a "t," and it's the
amount in damages which a West
Brighton woman seeks from the
city for, she alleges, improperly
placing her two sons in a Queens
foster home more than three years
ago.
Fausat Ogunbayo, 46, recently sued
the city and its Administration for
Children's Services (ACS) in
Brooklyn federal court, claiming
the defendants had violated both
her civil rights and her children's
by removing the boys from their
home here in June 2008.
The children, then 12 and 10 years
old, are now 16 and 13,
respectively. They have been out of
their mother's custody since being
relocated to Queens.
Ms. Ogunbayo alleges she and her
children have suffered "over three
years of terror, horror, grievous
harm, time lost, substantial
economic hardship and injuries"
due to their separation.
In removing the boys, the city
contended Ms. Ogunbayo was
mentally unstable and had refused
treatment, said court papers. She
allegedly suffered from
hallucinations and delusions, and
also left the boys at home alone for
extended periods while she was
working, the city maintained.
Ms. Ogunbayo, who is representing
herself, has branded the
allegations a "huge lie."
A recent appellate court ruling may
provide her some legal
ammunition.
Last month, the state Appellate
Division, Second Department, in a
separate legal case, vacated the
Family Court finding of neglect
against Ms. Ogunbayo.
There was no evidence, the
appellate panel determined, the
children were ever in "imminent
danger" of harm despite Ms.
Ogunbayo's refusal to
acknowledge her mental condition.
"Proof of mental illness alone will
not support a finding of neglect,"
unless there's a causal link
between the parent's condition
and actual or potential harm to the
child, said the court.
In fact, the youngsters had "near-
perfect" attendance in school and
"were doing well, even thriving,
academically," while in their
mother's care, the appellate
division said. In addition, the boys
were up to date on their medical
examinations and vaccinations,
and their heights and weights
were appropriate for their ages,
said the court.
While the appellate ruling restored
custody of her children to Ms.
Ogunbayo, she alleges ACS has
"refused" to return them.
A city Law Department
spokeswoman yesterday said the
children remain in ACS custody,
because the agency has filed a
new petition in Family Court.
Citing the pending litigation, the
spokeswoman declined comment
on the other allegations in Ms.
Ogunbayo's lawsuit, but said a
plaintiff's damages' demand "has
no bearing on whether the case
has any merit and no relation to
actual damages, if any."
Ms. Ogunbayo told the Advance last
night that the city is "treating me
very bad and now they want to
come around and lie against me."
The bottom line: She wants her
children back.
According to court papers, ACS
moved to take away Ms.
Ogunbayo's kids after receiving
several reports of suspected
mistreatment in mid-2008.
In one, she allegedly told a doctor
her children's skin was becoming
darker each day, due to radiation.
In another incident, she wrote her
children's school that the FBI and
Secret Service were out to get the
boys, ACS said in court papers.
Ms. Ogunbayo insisted she was
mentally stable, and the children
were removed because she
refused to seek "necessary
treatment for her mental health
issues," the agency contended.
ACS also maintained Ms. Ogunbayo
endangered the boys by leaving
them alone for up to seven hours
after school and all day on
weekends, said court papers.
In response, Ms. Ogunbayo
submitted a November 2008 letter
from the children's pediatricians,
saying they seemed to be well
cared for during the eight
preceding years in which they
were patients. Doctors also said
they hadn't seen Ms. Ogunbayo
behaving erratically.
She also provided handwritten
letters from her sons saying they
wished to live with their mom.
And court papers said her older
son was having some problems
with the law while in foster care --
he was arrested in Queens in
August of last year for alleged
marijuana possession.
In its ruling, the appellate court
said evidence that Ms. Ogunbayo
sometimes left her kids
unattended for long periods was
"vague and contradictory."
ACS failed to establish that any lack
of supervision on her part created
an impending risk to the children's
health, safety, or mental or
emotional condition, the court
determined.
The panel also recommended that
ACS provide -- and that Ms.
Ogunbayo accept -- "appropriate
services or referrals" to aid her
reunification with her children,
after more than three years apart.

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BUSINESS and ECONOMY / LEARN HOW TO MAKE MONEY FREE DAILY ONLINE
« on: June 23, 2011, 01:11:11 PM »
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« on: December 26, 2010, 11:11:37 PM »
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Here comes MASS ARTICLE CONTROL to the rescue.
This is a two software that chum out 1000 articles for you in less than 5mins, it works like a robot, as it submit?s this articles for you to 20 top affiliate site all in just 5mins, crazy you will say, yes this software has hit the affiliate and article marketing world so that without this software I don?t know how you can compete in the online market place.

Now, just imagine having 1000 articles in 20 directories for just one product in just 5mins and what it will do to your sales, how about if you keep on creating more articles and submit them to other article directories, men that a lot of articles pointing to you affiliate links.
 I won?t write too much because I know if you are serious about making money from affiliate marketing or article marketing you will jump at this opportunity. For the fact that you are reading from this forum I'm giving the MAC software to the first 30 people for just N1,500 after that it goes back to it normal price of N3,000. Please If your reading this, I only need 30 people to get this software that?s all so grab it as fast as you can.
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?Football Star had sex with underage prostitute ? click to find out more and see all the shocking pictures? ? BEWARE, new type of spam


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You all know what spam is. You all know what a computer virus is. Now, there is a new way or rather idea how to combine the two together. Using peoples naivety not only allows to infect their computer with hostile software but also get their details (including IP address) and make money (for ......er) in the process.

Whole mechanism is quite simple and as we said it is using people naivety and interest in Celebrities. Here is how it works:

......er starts to send out thousands of e-mails looking lake a newsletter of a legitimate newspaper or news blog. In the e-mail you can see information that someone famous a movie star, sport star or any other well known and not very old celebrity ;-) had died. It was a car crash, plane crash or in any other unexpected way. Usually incident of that sort is very tragic as there are other victims as well. Another way ......er will try to interest you will be news as in the title ? Celebrity person, underage prostitute (sometimes male) and of course shocking photos that the world will want to see. Recently the most popular names of the stars (bear in mind that this list changes accordingly to current popularity of stars mentioned) used in the scam include: Tiger Woods, Beyonce Knowles, Brad Pitt, David Beckham, Jay-Z, Jennifer Aniston, Miley Cyrus and Tiger Woods.

Now, that they got you interested in order to find out more you need to follow link to the website or open attached file (this second option is less popular due to higher awareness of internet users, but it does happen). If there is an attachment you can be 150% sure that in the zip file (most of the time it is a zip/rar file as e-mail anti virus scanners will not raise the alarm). If it is the first option (with the link) there is few more choices of what will happen next. In many cases HTML code of the web site you will be directed to contains a Trojan.Zbot virus.

Why people open such documents or click prepared links? They trust well known brands of internet news agencies and famous name in the title is a bait.

Recently a new way to ?catch? users and get their details (including IP address) is with the use of very popular social websites. There are prepared sites promising to give you all saucy details and pictures involving a famous footballer and a prostitute ?looking 13 years old?. Especially in Great Britain where football is very popular and everyone wants to know everything if scandal is involved. But before you get any details they will ask you to click ?Like? button, share the news with all your friends and fill up many questionnaires. You give away all your details and pocket of fraudster is getting filled up with the money for preforming market research.

At the end, once they got everything they needed from you, you will be directed to one of the tabloid web sites and similar article published few days before.

Please remember ? it is always wise to think twice before giving away any details of yourself. You use different types of anti virus software, you are trying to be careful about privacy of your personal details. Fine. But remember that IP address is one of them. It is really worth it to try to disguise before starting an online session. In order to do it you can use different types of VPN services or proxy servers. Again we advise to do a little bit of research before downloading any software of this kind or registering with a service.

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WORLD EVENTS / Mum Survives Fire Which Kills Three Children
« on: November 12, 2010, 08:56:24 PM »
A 27-year-old woman is in a serious condition after a fierce fire tore through her home, killing her three children. Skip related content
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The children - named locally as Maddie, three, AJ, five, and William, nine - were pulled "like little rag dolls" from the burning building in Bridlington, East Yorkshire.

Firefighters and paramedics fought in vain to revive the youngsters but they were pronounced dead on arrival in hospital in Scarborough.

Their mother, Samantha Hudson, remains in hospital.

The fire broke out late on Thursday night and emergency services were at the three-storey terrace property within minutes.

Humberside Police superintendent Mike Duggleby said he believed the blaze had started inside the house and did not appear to have been started deliberately.

He asked for anyone with information to call 0845 6060222 quoting the log number 719 November 11.

The family had only moved into the area recently but had settled in well, according to neighbour Lesley Salisbury.

Ms Salisbury, a nurse, told Sky News of her attempts to resuscitate one of the children.

"I have never worked on a child before... this is something I never wish to repeat. It was dreadful, really dreadful."

"I do remember the firefighters bringing them out, they were like little rag dolls," she added.

She said she, firefighters and paramedics worked on the youngsters for about an hour.

Describing the fire, Ms Salisbury said: "I have never seen anything like it before. It was absolutely awesome to see the flames coming out at such a speed and so far out.

"The fire crew, the ambulance crews... everybody, they just got stuck in and tried their best but unfortunately it had tragic results."

Neighbour Edith Dawson, 86, said she watched as "fierce" flames tore through the property.

"It's heart-breaking. I had seen the children playing in their grandmother's back yard. They hadn't been in the house all that long, probably no more than six months.

"It was terrible, with the wind as well, it was so fierce. There were flames coming from the top and you couldn't see for the smoke."

Mark Rhodes, of Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, described the tragedy as "probably the most difficult, most challenging type of incident that we can ever be expected to deal with".

"I don't think anybody in their career ever expects to face the trauma of a fire involving children and the very difficult working conditions of last night," he added.

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WORLD EVENTS / America's Healthiest Ice Creams and Yogurts
« on: November 12, 2010, 08:48:47 PM »

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By Susan Hall

We scoured America?s scoop shops (tough job, but somebody had to do it) for the tastiest (and healthiest) ice creams, yogurts, and sorbets that will satisfy your sweet tooth without hurting your waistline.

Our criteria: superior taste, stellar nutrition, and countrywide availability. Here, the five winners. (A standard scoop, by the way, is about 1/2 cup, or 3 to 3.5 ounces.)

H?agen-Dazs Mango Fat Free Sorbet
A blend of juicy, tropical mangoes
120 calories, 0 grams fat, 20% RDA vitamin A, 10% RDA vitamin C
$3

?If you love mangoes, you?ll enjoy this sorbet. It?s very satisfying?you only need a little to feel content, and it?s very refreshing on a hot summer day,? judge Christine Palumbo, RD, says. And judge Kara Nielsen, a former pastry chef who now follows food trends, says, ?It?s shocking that there is no fat. This sorbet is so creamy and totally indulgent.?

Ben & Jerry?s Black Raspberry Swirl Low Fat Frozen Yogurt
Black raspberry yogurt with thick black raspberry swirls made with real black and red raspberries
140 calories, 1.5 grams fat, 15% RDA calcium
$3.50

?This has a serious raspberry flavor and a beautiful creaminess. It feels like you?re eating a full-fat ice cream, not a healthy frozen yogurt,? Palumbo says. She and the other judges also like the ingredients, including hormone-free milk and fair-trade flavors. Nutrition pamphlets are available at Ben & Jerry?s counters, and there are lots of healthy choices?sorbets, frozen yogurts, and even full-fat ice creams like the next winner. (The vanilla, chocolate, and coffee flavors have 200 or fewer calories, too.)

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Ben & Jerry?s Strawberry Ice Cream
Strawberry ice cream with real strawberry pieces
170 calories, 9 grams fat, 15% RDA vitamin C, 10% RDA calcium
$3.50

?It is delicious in taste and in feel?very honest and fresh,? says judge Gale Gand, a pastry chef and co-owner of Tru in Chicago. Palumbo loves that it has only eight ingredients?all natural. Ask for a kid-size cup to cut calories.
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Baskin-Robbins Light Aloha Brownie Ice Cream
Light chocolate ice cream with ribbons of fudge and chunks of macadamia nut toffee
160 calories, 5 grams fat, 10% RDA calcium
$2


?Rich, fudgy, chocolaty, and delicious,? Palumbo says. ?If you need a chocolate fix, this will do the trick!? Baskin-Robbins?s BRight Choices flavors?like Cappuccino Chip, Premium Churned Light Raspberry Chip, and various sorbets?are healthy takes on their classics. We did have one beef: Baskin-Robbins? products had more artificial ingredients than the other contenders.

Health.com: Desserts for 300 calories or less

H?agen-Dazs Cranberry Blueberry Fat Free Sorbet
A blend of tart cranberries and sweet blueberries
100 calories, 0 grams fat, 8% RDA vitamin C
$3

?This has a nice flavor, is very refreshing and tart?but not too tart,? Gand says. H?agen Dazs shops aren?t overflowing with low-fat ice creams, but they do have other amazing fat-free sorbets besides our two winners. Our judges like that HD offers small cup sizes for portion control and that you can request nutrition information, which is kept behind the counter.

If you add a cone...
? Cake cone: 17 calories, 0 grams fat
? Sugar cone: 40 calories, 0.5 grams fat
? Waffle cone: 121 calories, 2 grams fat


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WORLD EVENTS / Student Riot On The Roof: 23-Year-Old Held
« on: November 12, 2010, 08:35:22 PM »
A 23-year-old man suspected of throwing a fire extinguisher at police from the roof of Millbank Tower during the student protest in London has been arrested. Skip related content
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The man, who is understood to be a student from Reading, was arrested by officers in Cambridgeshire on behalf of the Metropolitan Police.

He is being held on suspicion of violent disorder at Parkside police station in Cambridge, Scotland Yard said.

A spokesman said: "This arrest follows an investigation into public disorder where a fire extinguisher was thrown from the roof of Millbank Tower."

After the empty fire extinguisher was flung from the top of the building housing the Tory party headquarters, it narrowly missed two riot squad officers.

Sky News crime correspondent Martin Brunt said: "Because the fire extinguisher landed so close to the officers, representatives of the Police Federation have called for the thrower to be charged with attempted murder."

He added: "Footage appears to show a man lifting the fire extinguisher and swinging it around before he hurls it off the roof.

"When the camera goes back to him, he appears to have disappeared, perhaps because he's realised the gravity of what he has done."

The incident was one of the defining moments of the students' four-hour stand-off on Wednesday.

It involved a breakaway group of up to 50 protesters who smashed windows, discharged fire extinguishers and threw debris from the top of the Millbank office complex.

Meanwhile, the Met Police has revealed 10 of the 54 people arrested during outbreaks of disorder were school pupils aged under 18 and the remainder were all students, including 21 women.

Teams of officers from the Met's public order intelligence unit have been scouring footage of the Tory party HQ storming.

Activist websites have published instructions to those who fear they may be identified and arrested in the aftermath of the violence.

One website told participants to destroy potential evidence, including clothing and any distinctive jewellery worn.

A contributor urged demonstrators not to panic or give themselves up as a result of the flood of media coverage.

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WEBMASTERS / Three children killed in house fire
« on: November 12, 2010, 08:13:13 PM »

A spokesman said crews were called and a 27-year-old woman was taken from the house. She is understood to be in a critical condition in hospital in Scarborough, North Yorkshire.

The spokesman said it was too early to say what the cause of the fire was but it is thought to have started inside the property.

The injured woman is understood to be the children's mother.A spokesman for Humberside Police said officers were called to the cul-de-sac shortly before midnight.

A joint police and fire service investigation was under way this morning.

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The USS Ronald Reagan came to the rescue on Tuesday when it arrived with 60,000 pounds of supplies for passengers aboard the stranded Carnival Cruise ship Splendor.

Tugboats maneuvered the crippled ship to a dock in San Diego Thursday, ending a four-day ordeal at sea for the 3,299 passengers.

Officials said with no power to run elevators, it would take about 4 hours for the passengers and 1,200 crew members to leave the 2-year-old, 952-foot, 113,000-ton ship, which was left adrift off the western coast of Mexico about 6 a.m. Monday by an engine room fire.

The National Transportation Safety Board appointed Larry Bowling to investigate the incident.

Passengers spent three days without air conditioning, hot showers, cooked meals and for a time without working toilets. Usual cruise fare was replaced by long waits for Spam and sandwich meats, canned crab meat and Pop Tarts.

A vendor on shore was selling T-shirts reading: "I survived the 2010 Carnival Cruise Spam-cation," the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

Only eight ship's phones were available for passengers who needed to make emergency calls, CNN said. Carnival is offering passengers hotel rooms in San Diego while scrambling to arrange flights home and buses to Long Beach, where the cruise originated Sunday. Carnival is offering a free cruise to passengers in addition to a full refund. The ship's doctor reported few ill passengers.

The Splendor, assisted by five tugboats, reached cellphone range Wednesday, allowing some passengers to call families and friends and relate their accounts of what happened during its tow back to California, USA Today reported.

"It's nothing like anyone expected," passenger David Zambrano, an employee of KUSA-TV, Denver, said in a report filed to the station. "You stand in line for 2 hours just to get your food because everybody goes to the same place to pick up their food. Then once you get your food, you look for something to do. People are playing cards. People are standing around, just kind of talking. They're getting to socialize."

Cruise line officials said an investigation into what caused the fire and why it crippled the ship would begin after the ship docks.

"When the Splendor arrives back in port, there's likely to be considerable media coverage of very unhappy, sometimes angry people whose vacation went awry," Cruise Week Editor Mike Driscoll told USA Today. "The so-called Spam cruise may sound funny to some outsiders watching TV, but it's not funny to those who were on it."

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Carnival Splendor passengers are praising the crew but otherwise describing their experience aboard the cruise ship as a "nightmare" vacation. Half a dozen tugboats finally dragged the Splendor into San Diego Bay today after a fire in the engine room Monday left it adrift. Getting off also required considerable patience. Elevators on the towering ship weren't working and it took hours for the 3,300 passengers to disembark.

Finally back on land, one woman said a highlight of the trip came when she discovered her toilet was flushing again after not working for 15 hours. Peg Fisher says she was so excited she ran into the hall, shouting the news to fellow passengers who sprinted back to their cabins.

With refrigerators also out and food spoiling, the Splendor's cooks improvised. But Fisher says the fare was so awful, it was probably the only cruise "where people lost weight instead of gaining weight."

Despite the nightmare, passengers appeared eager for a momento, snapping up $20 T-shirts with the phrase: "I survived the 2010 Carnival cruise Spamcation."


Read more: http://www.thirdage.com/news/carnival-splendor-fiasco-nightmare-vacation-goers_11-12-2010#ixzz155VzsHue

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WEBMASTERS / Mish Blog Disappears
« on: November 12, 2010, 05:43:10 PM »
Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis, a popular, blog has been removed from the online world with no warning.

On Blogger, a post simply says Blog has been removed Sorry, the blog at globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com has been removed. This address is not available for new blogs.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock Mish is an investment advisor at Sitka Pacific Capital.
Mish has been blogging about economics and the ultimate busting of the credit bubble for years, standing by his economic model in the face of nearly everyone touting some sort of new paradigm.

His blog has been quoted by all major newspapers including The New York Times.

He responds to articles from a unique point of view. This site is a convenient clearing house for information on articles from many sources.

He is known as a deflationist. He has positioned his site as the premier site that forecasts inevitable deflation with a very large audience base.

Before he started his site, he was a highly successful photographer with photos published in 85 publications, including covers.

Mish launched his site in 2005.


Read more: http://www.thirdage.com/news/mish-blog-disappears_11-12-2010#ixzz155TLItTk

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MOVIES | NOLLYWOOD / Garfield Comic Strip Causes Veterans Day Controversy
« on: November 12, 2010, 05:29:38 PM »
Garfield cartoonist Jim Davis apologized Thursday for a Garfield strip that some veterans may have found offensive. The strip ran on Veterans Day in newspapers across the country. It shows a spider daring the pudgy orange cat to squash it. The spider tells Garfield that if he is killed, "they will hold an annual day of remembrance in my honor." The final panel shows a spider-teacher asking its students if they know why spiders celebrate "National Stupid Day."

Davis, of Muncie, Ind., said in a statement posted on his website that he didn't know the strip would appear on Veterans Day. He said it was written nearly a year ago and called the publication Thursday "the worst timing ever." "It absolutely, positively has nothing to do with this important day of remembrance," Davis said.

John Raughter, a spokesman for the Indianapolis-based American Legion, looked at the strip and Davis' statement after the cartoon was brought to his attention by a reporter. He said an apology wasn't necessary. "We have no reason to doubt his explanation of what happened," Raughter said.

Davis said his brother served in Vietnam, and his son is a Marine who has served in Iraq and Afghanistan. He said he is grateful for the service of veterans, and called any offense "unintentional and regrettable."

 


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Rupert Grint has a surprise in store as he admits young fans will be shocked by the latest film in the saga. The 22-year-old, who plays Ron Weasley, revealed even he was surprised by the gore in Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 1, which premiered last night. Ron even gets splinched - when a wizard vanishes and reappears - or appparates - incorrectly, leaving part of their body behind.

He revealed: "It's really taken to another level. It's quite gory. Getting splinched is disgusting. My arm kind of gets ripped open. It's really graphic, actually."

The young stars - Rupert, Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe - had to go through a much more rigorous training regime for this movie. The final book in the series, the Deathly Hallows packs in a lot more action than its predecessors.

To do the fight scenes justice on the big screen, the three young actors went through traditional action movie training.

Rupert said: "This one was a lot tougher because we were out there fending for ourselves, and there's a lot of fighting.

"We used to have this ballet choreographer who taught us all these fancy wand flicks.

"Now the wand fighting is much more sword-like and aggressive. It's been really cool."

Rupert is confident they have done a fantastic job in bringing the book to life properly. But he says fans will be shocked by some of the climactic scenes. Rupert added: "All the sets we've know n for years, like The Great Hall, get destroyed and becomeburning wrecks.

"It's quite shocking to see these familiar places get destroyed but the scenes are going to be really epic."

The final book has been split into two parts for the big screen, so the cast were working on the films back to back for a full year.

But Rupert reckons the filming isn't much different to any of t he other Potter flicks. In fact, if anything, he believes the tiredness they felt towards the end helped them capture the right mood on the big screen.

He said: "Hours-wise, they're all the same since we turned 16. It's nine-hour days and five days a week.

"It's quite tiring because this has felt like we've been here for years and it hasn't gone on this long.

"I think it helps, because you're supposed to be ex hausted anyway.

"It did take my life over. But there are lots of different scenes so it never got boring."

And Rupert is quick to put fans' fears to rest over how the controversial split has affected the movies.

THERE were concerns that it would feel like two completely separate stories, rather than one flowing narrative.

"Yeah, it feels like one story," he said. "When we started, it was just concentrating on the first one because we didn't have the script for the second until much later, actually. To me, it doesn't really feel like two films."

The relationships between Harry, Ron and Hermione change dramatically over the course of the final two films.

As Emma told us yesterday, Ron and Hermione finally kiss in this movie. And just as his friend Emma felt hugely uncomfortable, Rupert hated puckering up to her for the camera.

He said: "It sounds stupid, but I never really saw it coming. It has always been hinted at but I never thought to the extent where at the end, we're but I never really saw it coming. It has always been hinted at but I never thought to the extent where atthe end, we're quite like a couple. The kiss was one of the first scenes we filmed.

"It was weird. I kind of built up this thing in my head. "We were both kind of dreading it, just because we've known each other since we were small. It's like kissing your sister."

Ron and Harry also find themselves in an unusual situation, as Weasley questions Harry's actions rather than giving his whole- hearted support.

Rupert said: "It's an odd relationship in the beginning because Ron doesn't completely trust t hat Harry knows what he's doing.

"There's a lot of paranoia and he's worried about his family, and there's doubts. It erupts into this big argument."

Rupert enjoyed his character's growth in the final films, and reveals that Par t 1 in particular shows a new side to the cheery lad.

In fact, he found that, for the first time, he was really stretched as an actor for haunting, emotional scenes.

"This film is the first time I really had to do that," he said.

"There is one big scene with the whole Weasley family. It was depressing to do and it's quite shocking because it's a character we've associated w it h jokes a nd mucking about.

"It's quite horrible. There have been a lot of heavy, emotional scenes like t hat.

"It's satisfying, though. But it's quite haunting as well, because I'm not really used to it.

"I've learned quite a lot and it's been great. Particularly in this one - and the last two - Ron has kind of come into his own a bit.

"I enjoyed hav ing more to do.

"He's got a lot more dept h now and he's a lot more complicated than in previous films. It's kind of nice."

RUPERT has already taken on more adult roles in films Cherry Bomb and Wild Target, and has just signed on to play ski-jumper Eddie The Eagle.

So it's no surprise to hear that he wants to continue acting.

But he has no ambitions to try his hand at directing, after a tricky experience on the Potter set.

"I want to continue acting, definitely," he said. "I want to keep doing it as long as I can, really.

"I don't think I'd really direct. "I'm not good at decisions or anyth ing like that.

"We got a bit of a taste of it on this one, because there are scenes where another actor is playing us. We have to give them pointers on how we walk and all of our mannerisms.

"I could never figure out anything to tell the guy who was playing me. He had video footage and watched the previous films."

While many child stars have felt uncomfortable talking about the roles that made them famous, Rupert insists he has nothing but praise and fond feelings for Harry Potter and Ron Wea sley.

So much so, in fact, that he has no idea how he will cope once the final film has been released and his time in the world of wizards has ended.

"The movies have become quite a big thing and I'm proud to be a part of it," he said. "I love it.

"It's weird, this one, because it doesn't feel like any of the others. "You do feel like it's starting to come to an end.

"I don't really know how it's going to feel on the last day when the last film is out and we never come back. I've never really imagined it ending."

And just like, Rupert obviously has no aversion to a bit of mischief.

Although Emma told us yesterday that the stars were forbidden from keeping props as souvenirs, Rupert confesses - proudly - to having helped himself to a few, including his wand.

He admitted: "I've got a tie and one of the chess pieces.

"The wand is also pretty cool."


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Cell Phone Virus has reportedly struck one million in China.

Viruses have been making the rounds on cellphones for quite a while now, but it looks like China has now been hit by a particularly troublesome one.

According to Shanghai Daily, a so-called zombie virus disguised as an anti-virus app has infected more than one million cellphone users in the country, and it's left users' phones vulnerable to the malicious ......ers that created the virus.

They've naturally taken advantage of that access to not only spread the virus further, but cash in by spamming the phones with money-making links and other general annoyances -- all of which has also added up to about $300,000 a day in added text message charges for the users affected. What's more, while authorities have apparently tracked down the company that created the anti-virus application, it apparently insists that it had nothing to do with the virus, and that it's actually a victim of it as well.

The virus continually sends out text messages, costing the country's citizens $300,000 a day, according to InformationWeek, as reported by Shanghai Daily.

How does the virus spread?

The "zombie" virus is hidden in a fake anti-virus app. Once the app is installed, the virus sends all of the names and phone numbers on a user's SIM card to the ......ers, who then automatically take control of the phone, sending spam texts out to recipients.


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SPORTS / Atletico offer Spurs-target Forlan to Real
« on: November 10, 2010, 08:34:26 PM »
MADRID (AFP) ? Atletico Madrid have offered to sell Diego Forlan, voted the best player at the World Cup, to crosstown rivals Real for 18 million euros, a Spanish sports newspaper said Wednesday.

The news could come as a disappointment to Tottenham and Juventus, who are both reportedly interested in signing the Uruguayan striker, although it is not clear whether Real would be interested in the 31-year-old.

The daily Marca said the offer did not come to Real Madrid directly but through an authorized intermediary for Atletico.

The proposed price tag of 18 million euros (25 million dollars) would be just half of his buyout clause, and is negotiable, it said.

"Atletico intends to sound out the possibility of Forlan's transfer in January for one reason above all: the request of its coach Quique Sanchez Flores," said Marca, which did not quote any sources in the report.

Forlan has had a disappointing start to this season, scoring just three league goals, the last on September 11.

Marca said Real "for the moment is not considering buying Diego Forlan," but at the club "they have learnt to never say never. "

Real coach Jose Mourinho said last month that he had no plans to sign more players during the winter transfer window.

Forlan left Manchester United - where he had two inconsistent seasons - in 2004 for Villarreal, who then sold him to Atletico in 2007 for 21 million euros.

He has since been an integral part of the Atletico side, which won the UEFA Europa Cup last season with the Uruguayan scoring both goals in the club's 2-1 defeat of English side Fulham in the final.

The player has twice won the award as the Spanish Primera Liga's top scorer and twice won the European Golden Boot.

He was also awarded the Golden Ball as the best player of the 2010 World Cup after grabbing five goals in tournament, in which Uruguay finished in fourth place.

Forlan indicated in an interview with Marca last month that he could leave Spain for the English Premiership if the right offer comes along.

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INTERNET / Leaked image of the rumored ESPN Xbox 360 console
« on: November 10, 2010, 08:10:50 PM »
Do you love video games and ESPN and feel generally unsatisfied with cable companies? Then Microsoft (might) have just the thing for you! An Engadget source has released an image of the rumored ESPN-branded Xbox 360, claiming it was found on a Microsoft server.  Aside from the photo, there?s little more than speculation to support the reality of the console, and this all could be an idea Microsoft forfeited long ago.  But if the rumor is right, how many Xbox users out there will be tempted by the notion of using its new features on a system wearing the ESPN logo? The forthcoming Dashboard addition of streaming the sports broadcaster?s content is undeniably a great advantage for consumers, especially given how popular ESPN games for the Xbox 360 are.  And for anyone who truly limits TV time to sports coverage, these features are a godsend.  Still, we?re uncertain how many fans have enough commitment to buy the fire-engine red console.  Either way, here?s your first look at what may be to come. 

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Outed a few months ago by the FCC and slated to arrive on Sprint early next week, the Wi-Fi-enabled Peel slide-on case will essentially turn your iPod Touch into an iPhone?as long as you're content to make voice calls with Skype.

Available this Sunday on Sprint for $79, no contract required, the ZTE Peel first made waves in the summer after snapshots and documentation for the 3. 2-ounce, 0. 68-inch-thick case cropped up in the Federal Communications Commission database.

Sprint made the Peel (Apple, peel, get it?) official Wednesday.  The slide-on case promises to give your Wi-Fi-enabled iPod Touch wireless connectivity anywhere you go within Sprint's 3G coverage area.

Sure, there are already plenty of mobile Wi-Fi hotspots (such as the stand-alone MiFi, or smartphones like the HTC Evo 4G that act as mobile hotspots) that'll let you surf the Web and make Wi-Fi calls over Skype on the iPod Touch, even while you're on the go.

What sets apart the Peel (which boasts three hours of battery life, according to Sprint) is that it's designed to fit the iPod Touch like a glove—at least the second- and third-generation Touches.

Unfortunately, the new iPod Touch (which was announced shortly after the Peel was leaked by the FCC) won't slide into the Peel properly, although I suppose there's nothing stopping you from using the Peel as a mobile hotspot for the fourth-generation Touch anyway.

Getting down to the nitty-gritty: A gigabyte of 3G monthly data on the Peel will cost you $30 a month?a bit pricey, considering you can get unlimited 3G data from Virgin Mobile for just $10 extra each month.  (Virgin Mobile offers its own no-contract version of the Novatel MiFi, one of my favorite gadgets from 2009, for $149.  Verizon Wireless sells the MiFi for $99 with a two-year contract or $269 without. )

The Peel also has some technical limitations compared with other mobile hotspots I've tested.  For example, the Peel will only support two Wi-Fi devices at a time, versus five devices on the MiFi and various hotspot-enabled smartphones.

And then there's the security issue: The Peel is capable of supporting only 64-bit WEP encryption, not tougher-to-crack WPA security.

Still, in terms of initial hardware, the Peel is one of the cheapest ways to turn the iPod Touch into a de facto iPhone, without a contract.

If you've got a fourth-generation iPod Touch or you'd rather pay a little extra for unlimited data, though, I'm still a fan of the MiFi on Virgin Mobile.  Unfortunately, it's sold out.
culled from yahootechnew. com

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INTERNET / Google to give 10 pct raises to entire work force
« on: November 10, 2010, 07:30:34 PM »
NEW YORK ? Google is reminding its 23,300 employees how much they are appreciated by giving them all 10 percent raises next year.

The Internet search leader also is shifting a portion of the annual bonuses into workers' regular paychecks.  Google Inc.  CEO Eric Schmidt celebrated the good news in an internal memo Tuesday to employees.

The planned raises, earlier reported by the technology blog Silicon Alley Insider, were confirmed Wednesday by The Associated Press.

Schmidt says Google wants to reward its employees for their hard work, but it also could be meant to prevent rivals such as Facebook from luring its workers away.

The raises are also the latest sign that Google expects to continue growing at a robust rate.  The company has added 3,500 workers so far this year.  Nice one Google.

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BUSINESS and ECONOMY / Stocks fall amid caution over G20 summit
« on: November 10, 2010, 07:02:06 PM »
NEW YORK ? Stocks are falling ahead of an upcoming meeting of world leaders and as Europe continues to grapple with government debt problems.

Not even an unexpectedly sharp drop in first-time claims for unemployment benefits was enough to lift share prices Wednesday.

Normally an upbeat jobs report would send stocks higher, but enthusiasm was scarce ahead of a key meeting by world leaders.  The meeting comes as countries like the U. S.  weaken their currency to help stimulate growth.

Concerns about mounting debt in Ireland is also again dragging down stocks.

The Dow Jones industrial average is down 40, or 0. 4 percent, at 11,307.  The S&P 500 is down 3, or 0. 2 percent, at 1,211.  The Nasdaq composite is down 3, or 0. 1 percent, at 2,560.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE.  Check back soon for further information.  AP's earlier story is below.

NEW YORK (AP) ? Stocks fell Wednesday ahead of an upcoming meeting of world leaders and as Europe continues to grapple with government debt problems.

Not even an unexpectedly sharp drop in first-time claims for unemployment benefits was enough to lift share prices.  The Dow Jones industrial average fell more than 55 points in late morning trading.  Losses were spread across most industries, with technology stocks leading the pullback.  Financial shares were among the best performers.

Google Inc. , Cisco Systems Inc.  and Oracle Corp.  were among big technology companies whose shares fell.

Normally an upbeat jobs report would send stocks higher, but enthusiasm was kept in check ahead of a key meeting by world leaders.  Members of the Group of 20 will be meeting Thursday and Friday in South Korea.

The meeting comes as countries like the U. S.  and Japan try to weaken their currency to help stimulate economic growth.  A global economic recovery has been slow and many developed countries like the U. S.  have struggled to expand at a pace that will cut high unemployment.

Major European indexes all slid as worries grow about debt problems in Ireland.  The euro fell below $1. 37 for the first time in three weeks.  Concerns about mounting government debt in many European countries have occasionally dragged down stocks around the world throughout the year.  Countries like Ireland and Greece are facing rising debt with little signs of growth.

Gold prices dropped below $1,400 an ounce as the dollar strengthened.  Other commodities also fell, pushing shares of materials stocks like Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. , Monsanto Co.  and Dow Chemical Co.  down more than 1 percent.

The dollar had been weakening against other currencies in recent weeks because of a recently announced program by the Federal Reserve to buy Treasury bonds in an effort to drive interest rates lower and spark spending and lending.

A weaker currency makes a country's exports cheaper and more attractive overseas.  Japan has been especially active in trying to weaken its currency because its economy is so reliant on companies like Sony Corp.  and Toyota Motor Corp.  that rely on exports.

The Dow fell 56. 92, or 0. 5 percent, to 11,289. 83 in late morning trading.  The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 5. 65, or 0. 5 percent, to 1,207. 75.

The Nasdaq composite index, which is primarily technology stocks, fell 12. 67, or 0. 5 percent, to 2,550. 31.

Uri Landesman, president at Platinum Partners, said Wednesday's pullback is natural for a market that has been climbing nearly unchecked since early September.  Major indexes have all touched highs for the year in recent days.

Bond yields rose, pushing interest rates higher.  The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note rose to 2. 70 percent from 2. 66 percent late Tuesday.

Britain's FTSE 100 fell 1. 1 percent, Germany's DAX index dropped 1. 1 percent, and France's CAC-40 fell 1. 4 percent.

In corporate news, General Motors said it earned $2 billion in the third quarter.  The big profit came at the right time for the automaker.  It is set for an initial public offering next week after struggling through bankruptcy and a government bailout.  New car and crossover models and strong sales overseas helped GM.

The Labor Department said first-time claims for unemployment benefits fell more than economists' had forecast and reversed a rise reported a week earlier.  The claims number came after the government last week said that hiring by private employers rose at its fastest pace in six months.

The unemployment report came out a day earlier than usual because government offices are closed Thursday for Veterans' Day.  The stock market will remain open on the holiday.

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