"“We have lent a huge amount of money to the U.S. Of course we are concerned about the safety of our assets. To be honest, I am definitely a little worried.” "

Chinese premier Wen Jiabao 12th March 2009

""We have a financial system that is run by private shareholders, managed by private institutions, and we'd like to do our best to preserve that system."

Timothy Geithner US Secretary of the Treasury, previously President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.1/3/2009

Friday, January 30, 2009

Sratch 'n' sniff

Dr Elaine Murphy, inexplicably, now now Baroness Murphy, has exposed the spurious nature of the alleged male ailment about which her husband wrote to the BMJ in 1974 which was said to affect the scrotum of cellists - exposing also the credulity of generations of medical doctors.

This reminds Lord Patel of the famous incident when Sir Thomas Beecham abruptly brought a rehearsal of the London Philharmonic to an abrupt halt in the middle of an Elgar variation. he looked with scorn at one of the evidently discomfited First lady cellists who instantly became the centre of atention.

"Madame" , he boomed to the silent and serried rows of the orchestra."You have been blessed with an instrument of the most sublime beauty between your legs .....and all you can do is sit there and scratch at it".

Spanish judge accepts war crimes charges against former Israeli Defense Minister Benjamin Ben-Eliezer

Via Nur al Cubicle

Spanish justice authorities have opened an investigation into a murderous Gaza bombing ordered by former Israeli Defense Minister Benjamin Ben-Eliezer and involving 6 other high-ranking Israel military officials. The Israelis intended to kill Hamas leader Salah Chehadeh in July 2002 at any collateral cost.

So they blew up an entire building with a one tonne bomb in the Al-Daraj quarter, killing 14 Palestinians, mostly women and children, and wounding 150 otheers.

Madrid Judge Fernando Andreu has accepted the complaint lodged by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, saying that there was "evidence of crimes against humanity" as part of a "premeditated and predetermined strategy".[Via Le Monde]

The suit was originally launched by six survivors in June 2008, of a 2002 Israeli bomb attack and the relatives of attack's casualties and also names Dan Halutz, former Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff and Israel Air Force commander at the time.


Haaretez report today "Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Moratinos telephoned Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni on Friday, and told her his government was undertaking swift action to amend the law in an effort to limit the courts' authority and thus prevent such investigations from being pursued.

Livni welcomed Spain's decision to amend the law, and said it was an important announcement for the Israeli public.

Meanwhile in campaigning for the forthcoming elections Netanyahu, whose likud party is ahead in the polls Netanyahu has made it clear that if elected, he would set clear limits on what is negotiable.

"We will not conduct negotiations on Jerusalem, the capital of the Jewish people for the past three thousand years," he said in a speech to the Knesset, Israel's parliament.

"We will not return to the 1967 borders," he said, adding that the Golan Heights as well as the Jordan Valley and the Judean Desert in the occupied West Bank "will continue to serve as the state of Israel's eastern security belt."

Qatari LNG gas to arrive in South Wales, real soon now

The Tembek, (built at Samsung's Geoje Yard, Korea and registered in Mjuro in the Marshall Islands ) one of a new generation of so-called Q-Flex LNG tankers, with a capacity of 211,885 cubic meters of LNG left Qatar and transited the Suez canal on or about Jan 23rd 2009.

She is due to dock at South Hook LNG, Milford Haven (a joint venture Qatar Petroleum, Exxon Mobil Corp. and Total SA) any day , marking Qatar’s arrival as the key natural gas supplier to the U.K. The ship will stop near the U.K. so its arrival coincides with final commissioning steps of the terminal in the “next few weeks,” the company says.

BG Group Plc’s Dragon LNG terminal at Milford Haven also awaits commissioning.

South Hook expects to receive as much as 7.5 million tons of LNG a year, or 10.5 billion cubic meters of natural gas, in its first phase. The terminal’s capacity is planed to double by 2012.

Dragon and South Hook together will have a combined import capacity of 19.4 million tons of LNG a year, or 26.7 billion cubic meters of natural gas.

Currently the U.K. is a higher-priced market than the U.S. at present, making it more attractive for Qatari shipments. Gas for delivery next month at Henry Hub in Louisiana, the U.S. benchmark price, traded at US$4.74 a million BTU's on Jan 22nd on the New York Mercantile Exchange - approximately US3 less than February gas delivered UK.

Typically, one or more initial cargoes of LNG are used to cool down a new import facility’s pipes and storage tanks to the correct operating temperature. LNG is natural gas chilled to liquid form at minus 161 degrees Celsius (minus 258 Fahrenheit) to aid transportation and storage.

Qatar exported 38 billion cubic meters of gas in 2007, up 24 % on 2006, according to BP’s Statistical Review of World Energy. Qatar plans to produce 77 Mn tons by 2010. That’s equal to 106 billion cubic meters of gas, roughly equivalent to UK annual consumption.

PS. The Tembek is owned through a joint venture between Qatar Gas Transport Company (Nakilat) and OSG, from which Qatargas will charter the vessel. Mr Angus Cambell, is Head of OSG Gas (Overseas Shipholding Group - 666 Third AvenueNew York, NY 10017) and his beautiful wife Naomi named the ship September 13th 2007.

UPDATE : 1600 BST Frid 30-1-09 BG Group PLC-operated (BG.LN) Dragon liquefied natural gas terminal at Milford Haven in Wales, the South Hook LNG terminal at Milford Haven have been hit by walkouts related to protesters demonstrating at Total SA's (TOT) 220,000 barrels-a-day Lindsey Oil Refinery in Immingham, northern England.

Milford Haven has highest percentage of empty shops in country
11:58am Thursday 22nd January 2009
----- Milford Haven is facing a future as a ghost town with the highest percentage of empty shops in the country, major new research has revealed. etc....

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Arrest in Langbar fraud case in which Lord Levy's "cash for Coronets " sidekick Barry Townsley was involved with other N London football supporters

Spanish police arrested six people tied to a $600 million fraud committed at Langbar International Ltd., (AKA Crown Corp) is a murky Bermuda-based "investment company" . It has been the subject of leisurely scrutiny by the Serious Fraud Office since 2005.

In a nutshell Crown/Langbar is a Bermuda-registered company, founded by a Polish-Canadian, backed by Israeli money, which traded in Argentina, banked its money in Brazil (Banco de Brasil) , had its accounts audited in Spain (Barcelona based Gironella Velasco ) ... and, which thanks to British financial advisers (see below - all keen supporters of North London football clubs) , listed its shares on the London stock market.

The Spanish police have just arrested 6 people ( between 56 and 76 years old at residences in Madrid, Barcelona and Alicante) in what they claim is a US$600 Mn. fraud .

The company operated as a "cash shell" quoted on London Alternative Investment Market (AIM) , shareholders included at one time Merrill Lynch and Gartmore . The fraud originally came to notice when it was announced £ 370 Mn. had evaporated from its accounts.

“The present board of Langbar International is determined to discover exactly what has transpired concerning company funds and to pursue their recovery,” the company said on its Web site. “Our aim is to restore value for shareholders to the maximum that can be achieved.”

The fraud appears to date back to 2003, when the suspects allegedly attracted investors through false claims about the company’s assets, police said. This involved all sorts of floated lies that there was the “very exciting” $294m demerger of Crown Pharmaceutical, which was going to buy a Russian drugs company, and Crown Development, an eastern European property company.Once the shares rose, the suspects sold their holdings, according to the Spanish police.

El Pais reported that the six men arrested were charged and released and that one of the suspects was a former Israeli Mossad agent - believed to be 2 metre tall, 30 lb gorilla Abraham “Avi” Arad, and said to be a mathematical genius - who is understood to be the same person as one of the men arrested on January 21 as the fascinating and much sought after, Abraham Hochman.

The SFO declined to comment on any plans to extradite the arrested men.
Officials at the U.K.’s Financial Services Authority declined to comment, as did those at the City of London Police and the London Stock Exchange.

In April Langbar’s founder, Mariusz Rybak, agreed to pay about 30 million pounds in April to settle a lawsuit brought by the company’s directors and the judge made him sell his house in Monaco. They alleged that Rybak falsified the company’s assets as part of a fraud against investors. Mrs Izabela Rybak (‘‘Mrs Rybak’’), and a company incorporated in Monaco, SCI Atol a company allegedly owned and controlled by Mrs Rybak and her daughter also seems to feature sonwehere in this tangled tale.

In 2007 Nabarro Wells, the finance house that floated Langbar, was fined £250,000 by the London Stock Exchange for failings related to the affair. NW has since April 2008 been part of Ambrian Capital plc , an AIM listed specialist investment banking group focused on the mining, oil & gas, alternative energy and new technology sectors.

Mariusz Rybak, is / was described as a Canadian technology executive, and Jean-Pierre Regli, a Swiss-Italian banker were the co-founders . It may surprise many to discover that they were on good terms with Barry Townsley and Simon Fox of stockbroker Insinger Townsley. Barry was of course also a great supporter of frank Donson's abortive bid to be Mayor of London.

Barry of course was/is a good friend of the Karaoke King (AKA Lord Levy and pal of the Qratet's envoy in the Middle East Tony Blair) who promised him and Earldom and half of Surrey, and a string of live in chorus girls as well as eternal life , in exchange for a loan to the New Labour Party. Read more here about the men who run David Miliband's favourite footie team. and post Monday, September 18, 2006 Panorama exposes the corruption at the heart of European football ...again. Also see Times 4/12/2005 A Crown farce: how Langbar mislaid £365m. Accountant David Buchler was involved at one time trying to sort out the mess.

See also Wikipedia entry on Langbar

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Olympics delivery Authority has been gagging suppliers with draconian (and probably illegal) contracts which last 6 years -

Now here's some fascinating questions on a fascinating topic that were published today as Questions to the Minister for the Olympics (Tessa Jowell, married (2nd time) to crooked accountant Mr David Mills and now her only job and has lost her seat in Cabinet) in The House of Commons.
N Alan Simpson (Nottingham South): To ask the Minister for the Olympics, what her assessment is of the extent to which Aggregate Industries Ltd is meeting the contractually stipulated target of delivering 99 % of aggregate materials to the Olympic Park by sustainable means. (250419)
N Alan Simpson (Nottingham South): To ask the Minister for the Olympics, what proportion of materials delivered to the Olympic Park have adhered to the Olympic Delivery Authority's target of 95 % to be transported by sustainable methods. (250420)
N Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Minister for the Olympics, what her plans are for Hadleigh's fishing lakes and ponds in the context of preparation of the facilities for the Olympic mountain bike events. (251062)

The first two questions relate to the contract to supply materials by Aggregate Industries Ltd., the details of which can be found in the official announcement in May - http://www.london2012.com/news/media-releases/2008-05/key-materials-contract-boosts-sustainability-for-olympic-park.php

On bringng this to Stef's attention he kindly sent this http://www.nowpublic.com/sports/london-2012-olympic-authority-enforce-gagging-order

Further and better particulars have also appeared on the BBC "impartial" Online website today with the headline "Games firms sign 'gagging orders' ".

Apparently an investigation by BBC London has discovered that for at least 6 months companies building facilities for the £ 9.6 Bn. 2012 London Olympics are being forced to sign "draconian" gagging orders (which the BBC has seen) prevent suppliers talking publicly about all details of the work to anybody for any reason for six years.

The document also warns firms they must "reimburse the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) for any costs or liabilities" arising from any breach of contract including all legal costs.

Should the ODA suspect a leak they can search a firm's premises and emails.

Read Adrian's Olympic blog where he reminds us that when he was one of the squillions of BBC staff swanning about Beijing at taxpayers expense with the Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell in November 2007, he heard her telling the Chinese about the importance of freedom of speech around their Games last summer.

Those further interested about contract law and onerous and unusual terms might usefully read Case: Cubitt Building and Interiors Limited v Richardson Roofing (Industrial) Limited [2008] EWHC 1020 (TCC)

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Limited is a company registered in England and Wales, with its registered office at One Churchill Place, Canary Wharf, London E14 5LN and registered number 05267819.

This just is a seamless follow up to ..." Blair's bribing of IOC voting members - Deeper, darker, dirtier deeds are the subject that swell around what Tony Blair got up to sequestered in his Raffles City convention complex in Singapore as the IOC members (64 of the 100 IOC members met and jollied with Tony and Cherie in those 48 hours) relentlessly filed in and wreathed in smiles and bonhomie, filed out." see post Tuesday, April 08, 2008 Olympic Scandals - Andrew Jennings and the secrets of the IOC - Amazing Pictures !!!

Government funding of over £840,000 written off to charity which contributed £7,500 twice to Labour Party

Charity Commissioners - Regulatory Case report - Catz Club Reg. Charity No 1112772 5/9/2008. ( Beware Catzclub.uk.org is an adults only site)

1. Catz club (a a non profit organisation Ho.Ho.Ho.) was registered in 2004 by Amanda and Stephen Argent and operates as Schoolfriends etc. and runs about 150 breakfast clubs in schools nationwide (case study) for some 25,000 children. Ending September 2006 (last Accounts available) they received £853 K (including £200,000 of lottery funding ) and and expenditure was £4.257 Mn. 2008 accounts are overdue.

2. An MP unnamed in the report but it was Greg Clark, then the shadow charities minister, on Friday 29th August 2008 disclosed that the Charity had donated £7,500 cash donation to the Labour Party in breach of Commmission's guidance.

3. The payment was initially explained as an "administrative error" by trading subsidiary Catz Club Care Services Ltd.,

4. A further and identical sum had been paid to the Labour Party to cover the costs of attending an even to lobby senor politicians for funds for after school care. It has relied on the generosity of Tony Mitchell, its chairman, who is based in Florida and had outstanding loans to the charity of £13.1m in the year to September 2007.

At the Wembley event in 2007, Mitchell chatted with Ed Balls, the children’s secretary. He said Catz Club paid £15,000 for just three people to attend the function.

Mitchell runs the Warburg Investment Corporation, (No connection with UBS Warburg bankers) a factoring company which buys invoices from organisations at less than their face value, then collects the full sum.

5. The "misapplied" funds have been repaid by the Labour Party.

More information (and if you have any more pease let us know) ;

Catz Club has revealed that it failed to pay back approximately £570,000 out of £1.3m it borrowed from Futurebuilders. Futurebuilders has written off part of the £1.8m loan it made to the after-school childcare charity Catz Club. (Now known to be £840,000).

New Cabinet Office minister Liam Byrne has agreed to make inquiries about the roles played by two people with Labour Party connections in the funding of childcare charity Catz Club by Futurebuilders England.

Margaret McDonagh, former general secretary of the Labour Party , is a former trustee of the childcare charity, which trades under the name Schoolfriendetc . Amanda Delew, who fundraises for the charity (and of course has worked hand in glove with cash for coronets crook Lord Levy) , is an ex-Labour fundraiser. Futurebuilders , is a £215m government fund to help charities deliver public services.

Curiously ,Futurebuilders England has deleted from its website , references to its £1.8m loan and £200,000 grant to Catz Club.

PS : Man to watch - ex Christ Church, Oxford . Stephen Bubb is Chief Executive of the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO) – a dynamic and high profile UK body - where his work on leadership, sector funding and public service reform has radically shifted attitudes and policies. In 2007 he became Secretary General of EUCLID, the European Third Sector Leaders Network.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Where are they now ? No 435. Boeing 787 Dreamliner . Is it a bird ? Is it a non - conforming plane ....

The Boeing Co.'s 787 Dreamliner is noe expected to fly for the first time in Q2 2009 - but don't hold your breath. )Maiden commercial flight was originally planned August / September 2007)

If it does fly , it will incorporate the novel (and probably unique) engineering feature that (by design ) some pieces of this elaborate composite flying sandwich will by held together with ;

1. Er ....temporary fasteners.
2. Er .... improperly installed fasteners.

Boeing announced yesterday that hunting down, finding, replacing, checking nonconforming fasteners (Boeing are giving no numbers) in the six flight test planes will introduce even further delays that they cannot accept.

They assure customers and future pasengers , "will be replaced, however, before the six planes are eventually refurbished and turned over to customers to carry passengers".

Yvonne Leach, Boeing 787 chief spokeswoman told Lord Patel ona c rackly line out of Seattle yestedray... "The small number of fasteners that won't be replaced are not easy to reach and don't represent a safety of flight issue,"

Apparently they will be able to withstand the cycle of loads for testin, and Boeing is confident the nonconforming fasteners will not be a safety problem during flight tests. ... so that's alright then.

Chairman and Chief Executive Jim McNerney will be announcing Q4 2008 results tommorrow and may make some encouraging noises after the dead silence since early December.

It is known 4 planes are production in Everett and final assembly might begin on No 5 this week - followed later by No 6 . After testing they will all go to San Antonio (well out of the way) , where they will be refurbished and turned over to customers that have ordered them.

The fastener problems were only identified during a key pressurization test on one of the first 787s in Everett, when Boeing engineers discovered that some of the permanent fasteners had been correctly installed improperly by Boeing's partners. Those partners were working with drawings from Boeing engineers, and Boeing has acknowledged the mistake was the result of ambiguous or incomprehensible instructions.

The FAA are fully aware of these problems and have approved the steps that Boeing have taken in deciding to speed up flight testing by using non-conforming bodies.

Fascinating law suits beckon should tests result in problems which involve damage etc to staff, third parties, etc.,

Monday, January 26, 2009

Kinnochio's long term mistress, hand jobber and unelectable ginger minger is handed House of Lords scandal to sift through

Flame haired temptress, ginger minger Janet "Jan" Anne Royall, Baroness Royall of Blaisdon, Privy Counsellor 53, has NEVER been elected to any office and is now in the spotlight as Leader of the House of Lords because her (and Lord Patel's ) colleagues have been lining their pockets to produce user friendly legislation for fee paying industry and commerce

In the 80's this gentle soul was very, very, very, very close to Lord Kinnochio of Bedwetting - another pale faced , (but hideously Weslh) ginger minger and whinger and she would often be found riffling through his drawers (and vice versa) Billed as a "special advisor" she found a perch for her pretty but ever so pale bottom as head of the EU's office in Wales.

Created a Baroness 4 and half years ago after having her beavering rewarded as Lord Kinnochios "chef de cabinet" in Brusels she was also made a Government whip, as well as being Government Spokesperson for Health, for International Development and for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

When Lord Patel's old chum, acne ridden Bruce Grocott (PPS for many years to Tony Blair) resigned almost exactly a year ago as HOL Chief Whip, she took over and was made Privy Councillor. As recently as 3rd October 2008, Baroness Royall was promoted to the cabinet and made Leader of the House of Lords and Lord President of the Council by Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

She was handed this post (succeeding Baron Amos (more on her scandals , exotic body piercings, foreign travel and unexpected bumps in the night here Wednesday, April 27, 2005 Lady Amos Fast risen Blair "babe" at Straw's FO and here Wednesday, May 23, 2007 Chagos Islanders give the fucking lying bitch at the The Foreign Office a Bloody Nose) - because selection is based entirely on the size of the areola - largest wins - although Baroness Amos, a very very close friend of Ex Prime Minister and Zionist tub thumper Tony Blair, was said to have cheated as she included the size of her excessively long nipples "like chapel hat pegs "John Prescott was heard to remark on one occasion from the depths of his office shag pile carpet).

Not famed originally for her nipple quotient their later enlargement is due entirely to their use to stop (and very effectively) Lord Kinnochio whinging on and on in the privacy of his EU eyrie.

Mysteriously her recent job evaluation included first Forester in the Government , whatever that may be.

Her involvement with the greedy and venal, Lords Truscott, Taylor, et al means she is also now the Government's Shit shifter in residence and police's the comical Code of Conduct. The full and official register of declaration of interest of members of HOL (and their staffs) can be consulted here up to and including 27th Jan 2009. See example below

PS : Lord Patel's political truffle hounds have been handed an unsavoury pile of information about other members of the HOL who have extensively lined their pockets ... Watch this unsavoury space. Lord Mogg of the East Pier Brighton and comedian in residence at OfGEM is of course blameless but hugely incompetent and prize wanker to boot.

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean is of course another blameless and charming Lady with a lengthy and fascinating list of interests ....see here.

An example of declaration of interest would be (simply as an example)

WADE OF CHORLTON, Lord (ennobled 1990)AKA Sir William Oulton Wade of Chester.
*12(d) Non-parliamentary consultant
Davies Wallis Foyster King Sturge President, Combined Heat and Power Association ,Access Partnership
*12(e) Remunerated directorships
William Wild & Son Ltd, Choulton Services Ltd, NIMTECH Murray Vernon (Holdings) Ltd, RisingStars Growth Fund Ltd, Country Pubs Ltd, Midas Capital Partners Ltd
*12(g) Controlling shareholdings
Choulton Services Ltd (consultancy and investment) William Wild & Son Ltd (farming and property)
*13(a) Significant shareholdings
Midas Capital Partners Ltd

He is a busy member asking 13 questions (They work for you) last year which is above average including (1 Jul 2008) - Lord Wade of Chorlton: asked Her Majesty's Government: What areas have been identified as suitable for the establishment of eco-towns.

"Science" pays a dividend for O'Bomber - Farmed and aborted foetuses to yield up their rich stores for pharma to plunder.

A little bit of recent history.

Obama Executive Orders Will Force Abortion, Embryonic Stem Cell Funding - by Steven Ertelt LifeNews.com Editor November 9, 2008

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- "Members of the team Barack Obama has put together confirmed over the weekend that the incoming president will immediately overturn executive orders President Bush put in place as soon as possible after he takes office. The Bush orders have protected taxpayers on key pro-life issues."

The White House website on the section devoted to women - Supporting Stem Cell Research - explained immediately after O'Bombers election ""Obama is a co-sponsor of the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007, (twice vetoed by President Bush,) which will allow research of human embryonic stem cells derived from embryos donated (with consent) from in vitro fertilization clinics. These embryos must be deemed in excess and created based solely for the purpose of fertility treatment,"

TheStockAdvisors.com asked financial experts to name their top stock pick if Obama won the election. Oct 7th 2008

"If Barack Obama wins the presidency, one under-the-radar play would be embryonic stem cell research; Geron (NASDAQ: GERN) is the current leader in embryonic stem cell research among publicly traded companies."

It is commonly believed that embryonic stem cell research in the U.S. is restricted - it is not. The real issue at is federal funding, and whether federal taxpayer dollars should be used to help fund the research - which President Bush had stopped. (In fact US institutions lead the world in this research)

As at the time of the Presidential election , federal funding was only available to firms that won't create embryos for use in scientific research or clone them for any reason, and that are working with stem cell lines derived from embryos destroyed before August 9th, 2001.

Menlo Park. CA. Geron (US based pioneers in the field since 1999) was the only publicly traded company of the more than a dozen institutions listed with stem cell lines that qualified for federal funding , who have been a pioneer in the field since 1999.

Geron has a large number of related stem cell patents. Some of its major areas of focus include spinal cord injuries, heart disease, and diabetes.

"If Obama takes office, there is a pretty good chance (said the Stock Advisers) that he and the Democrat controlled Congress will offer government funding for embryonic stem cell research. If this happens, expect Geron to head higher."

Today Geron issued a statement saying the US Food and Drug Administration had given permission to a Phase I trial. 10 paraplegic Patients will be injected in their spinal cords with GRNOPC1, a Geron- patented product containing embryonic stem cell-derived progenitor cells that have already been shown to repair nerves in animals with spinal damage. The "progenitor" cells were grown in the laboratory from stem cells taken from human embryos.(Bus Journal)

Geron shares rose 53.5% on the news.

Executive Order signed by O'Bomber in secret.

The ever impartial BBC report that President O'Bomber signed an Executive Order on Friday afternoon 23rd January , rescinding President Bush's ban without asking for coverage by the media .

It is apparently a complete coincidence that O'Bomber signed the EO, and the FDA gave the green light to Geron's experiments with government funded embryonic stem cells and the stratospheric rise in Geron share price - over a single weekend.

This is of course what big pharma (whose funds no doubt helped O'Bomber into office) wants, as they see embryonic stem cells, from live, farmed or aborted foetuses as the next magic (and hugely profitable) bullet intheir ailing (and increasingly unprofitable) drugs pipeline.

This is of course the sub text, the hidden coda in his inaugural speech last week when he said ..."We will restore science to its rightful place and wield technology's wonders to raise health care's quality... (APPLAUSE) ... and lower its costs."

PS : The common and oft repeated claim that the UK is a "world leader" in stem-cell research is challenged in a confidential report (Benchmarking: Academic, Clinical and Commercialisation Activities in Nesci, August 2008.) that lists only one UK research centre - London - in the global top 20.(TLS Friday 23rd Jan 2009)

UPDATE Geron shares ended Monday up US$ 1.05 = 15% @ US$ 8.15.

Scottish BBC HQ is occupied by Gaza protestors

Hundreds of demonstrators human rights groups and the Stop the War Coalition occupied the BBC's Scottish HQ yesterday at Glasgow's Pacific Quay.

Keith Boyd, from the Stop the War Coalition, said they demanded ;

1.The DEC Gaza humanitarian relief appeal to be broadcast on the BBC.
2. The director(s) who made the decision not to show it to resign.
3. The BBC to show news coverage of the protest to show the depth of feeling their decision has provoked."

By last night the BBC said they received "approximately" 1,000 phone complaints and 10,000 by e-mail on the issue.

Douglas Alexander, the International Development Secretary, and Alex Salmond, the First Minister, said the BBC should reconsider their decision.

Director General of the BBC Mark Thompson (AKA Mr Jane Blumberg), evidently under instruction from the Metropolitan Zionist / Israeli cabal , made it clear he did not intend to back down. He maintains the polite but absurd fiction that broadcasting the appeal might endanger the BBC's impartiality on the ground in the Middle East. The BBC also claim there was no guarantee that all the money raised would reach those in genuine need.

Sir Michael Lyons, the chairman of the BBC Trust since May 2007 has written to DG Mark Thompson, defending Mr Thompson's right not to broadcast the appeal.

Sir David Agius, married to Katherine (born 1949), daughter of Edmund de Rothschild is also a Director of the BBC Trustees.
Complain to BBC by e-mail here http://www.bbc.co.uk/complaints/ or call 03700 100 222

(C) Very Seriously Disorganised Criminals 2002/3/4/5/6/7/8/9 - copy anything you wish