Archive for December, 2010

Millions ushers in the new year

Friday, December 31st, 2010

Fireworks display in Auckland, New Zealand (1 Janaury 2011)Fireworks lit up the 328m-tall Sky Tower in New Zealand’s biggest city, Auckland

Celebrations are being held around the world to mark the new year.

Thousands of revellers have taken to the streets in New Zealand – the first major country to see in 2011.

Australians are marking the occasion in Sydney with what is billed as the largest and most advanced New Year’s Eve fireworks display in the world.

Displays are also planned in Europe, while up to a million people are expected in New York to see the famous Times Square Ball drop at midnight.

The municipal authorities and warmer weather have combined to clear the streets following the snowstorm which blanketed the city this week.

This year meanwhile marks the first time Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi, officially celebrates the new year. In previous years, the city authorities have focused on Tet, the holiday marking the lunar new year.

In Burma, however, the military government has banned all fireworks and said severe action would be taken against anyone using them.

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Murder victim ‘was model athlete’

Friday, December 31st, 2010

A teenager shot dead in south London was a “model athlete”, says the secretary of the club where he trained.

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New Year ‘bomb’ in Abuja, Nigeria

Friday, December 31st, 2010

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Several people have been injured in a blast said to have occurred at or near an army barracks in the Nigerian capital Abuja.

People were seen being carried away after the blast, which hit a beer garden, local journalists told the Associated Press.

A police spokesman told AFP the blast had occurred at the Sani Abacha barracks, and the cause was unknown.

But Nigerian media said the explosion had happened in a nearby market.

Nigeria has a recent history of bomb attacks in the capital and other cities:

On Thursday, two blasts disrupted a political rally in the southern city of Yenagoa, wounding several peopleBomb attacks in the northern city of Jos, a flash-point between Nigerian Christians and Muslims, left 38 people over ChristmasIn October, at least eight people were killed in explosions in Abuja as the country celebrated 50 years since independence from the UK

The barracks, named after Nigeria’s late military dictator, is located in Asokoro district, home to the presidential palace and said to be the city’s most secure area.

Officially renamed the Mogadishu Cantonment, the barracks is still known to many by its old name.

The nearby Mammy Market is said to be popular with politicians and civil servants, attracted by its roast fish eateries.

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Four dead in US tornado outbreak

Friday, December 31st, 2010

Debris left on the ground after a home and barn were destroyed by the tornadoThe tornado caused damage in north-west Arkansas

Three people have died after a tornado struck the small town of Cincinnati in Arkansas, according to local officials.

The storm caused damage near a local highway in the town’s centre and points west of Washington County, county dispatcher Josh Howerton said.

There were “lots of injuries”, he added, quoted by AP news agency.

The storm also caused damage in the town of Tontitown, the deputy emergency manager for Washington County said.

Rick Johnson said emergency responders are experiencing difficulties in reaching the damaged areas because of power lines that have been knocked down.

The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management said that power was out throughout Washington County.

The tornado hit Cincinnati, located about 20 miles (32km) west of the city of Fayetteville, around 0600 local time (1200GMT), said Joe Sellers, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oklahoma.

The storm system also injured at least two people and caused damage to five homes in Benton County, a region near the Arkansas state lines with the states of Oklahoma and Missouri, Matt Garrity, the county’s manager of emergency services, told the CNN news network.

Map of Arkansas

Homes were damaged in the county, and the local airport has closed due to debris in the region, Mr Garrity said.

Tornado warnings were issued by the weather service for north-west Arkansas and parts of Missouri.

The storm system that caused the tornado is moving northeast into Missouri and is maintaining its strength, which is an unusual occurrence, Mr Sellers said.

He added that a combination of warm, wet air in the region and colder air moving in from the west created the conditions necessary for the tornado.

“Anytime you have a significant change in air mass there is going to be unsettled weather marking the two different air masses,” Mr Sellers told AP.

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Crowds gather to see in New Year

Friday, December 31st, 2010

Edinburgh city centreEdinburgh is staging four days of events to celebrate the new year
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Preparations for open air Hogmanay celebrations are well under way in cities across Scotland.

In Edinburgh 80,000 are expected to gather for the party on Princes Street to see in the New Year.

Glasgow is hosting a ceilidh in George Square, open only to ticket holders, followed by a fireworks display.

Inverness is preparing for a huge free party at the Northern Meeting Park Arena, with the Red Hot Chilli Pipers, Peatbog Fairies and Blazin Fiddles.

Aberdeen city council has organised a free fireworks display from the roof of His Majesty’s Theatre at midnight.

Hundreds of people are also expected to attend Stonehaven’s annual fireballs ceremony.

Stirling Castle’s event, which features singers including Wagner Carrilho from the X Factor, ends with the city’s “biggest ever” hogmanay fireworks display at midnight.

A piper will play at the Midsteeple in Dumfries from 2345 to 0015 GMT and revellers are expected to gather for the bells at midnight.

The events are a draw to tourists from around the world and a boost to the Scottish economy.

Torchlight procession in EdinburghMore than 25,000 people took part in a torchlight procession on Thursday

According to the Scottish government, Edinburgh’s Hogmanay alone generated an estimated £29m in 2009.

More than 25,000 people took part in a torchlight procession in Edinburgh on Thursday evening to kick off the city’s New Year festival in the capital.

The event, which started at Parliament Square, marked the beginning of a four-day celebration.

Organisers said the numbers of people attending Thursday night’s event had been “record-breaking”.

The city’s main Hogmanay ticket events, including an open air concert starring Biffy Clyro, begin at 2100 GMT.

Edinburgh’s emergency services and the city council have issued a number of guidelines warning revellers to stay safe, be sensible and keep warm and dry during the celebrations.

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Small Business News: Our Outlook for 2011

Friday, December 31st, 2010

Don’t worry about the future outlook of small business as 2011 dawns. Sure there are some challenges but just look at the opportunities. We’ve cobbled together an end of the year roundup with some tips to inspire you. Happy New Year! :)

What’s Really New?

First a questionaire.OK, this is a weird way to start a small business news roundup, but here’s a post that caught our eye from Jackie Purnell on her great business and branding blog. Instead of waxing philosophic about what we’ve learned and gazing into her crystal ball, Jackie turns the question on her readers. What have you learned from your business and what are your goals. Take a minute and give your own answers below. Building Businesses Creating Brands

Nine major things to watch for in SEO this year? They’re really some of the same things you’ve been hearing really: content, site speed, link building and maybe some new stuff thrown in. Only more so and with some new twists. Mostly, small businesses that rely on online marketing and networking for any part of what they do will need to focus on their online presence more than ever. What’s your online media plan? B2C Marketing Insider

Online

Website design trends for 2011. We’re going to assume you no longer have one of those old fashioned static Websites thrown up as your only online presence. If that’s the case, you’ve got a lot more problems than we can possibly cover here. However, we can talk about some of the important new trends you should already be thinking about. Rest assured, your competition is thinking about their Website. What do you need to do differently in the coming year? Small Business Trends

Small business advertising: Some future predictions. The Internet has made it easier to measure data on advertising effectiveness than ever before. This post looks at what that data tells us about online advertising thus far, but also a bit more about what all of this could mean for the future. How will all of this impact the way your small business advertises? Read on and see. Small Business Advertising Strategies

Finance

More money for small business financing after New Year? Well, we’ve heard this one before and, while you probably shouldn’t hang your hopes on this particular prediction, the fact is that small business financing continues to evolve. Want to know more about how money could or should be flowing toward small businesses in the New Year? Than have a look. Avenue B Blog

For 2011, diversify!Though Miranda Marquit’s post may be about boosting personal supplemental income in the New Year, the fact is that whether you are self-employed in a small business of your own or own a small business with employees and assets to consider as well, it’s always a good time to think about diversifying your income. A key to surviving hard times for small business owners is to learn how to make the necessary financial adjustments and not rely on only one core revenue model for their business. We hope this post will get you thinking on lots of levels! MoneyedUp

Social Media

Social media sites to watch for in the New Year.Of course, Facebook is on small business advisor Jason Kienbaum’s list as are some other less familiar sites. And, hey, we were surprised and pleased to see Small Business Trends’own BizSugar.com mentioned in the list. Surprised, however, not see Twitter which many small businesses continue to see as a viable tool. Who do you think will be the big players in 2011? Business Done Now

What is social media value and why will it be even more important in 2011? You’ve probably heard this question more than once in small business circles recently. Does social media really work as a tool. Hey, we’ve heard the question too but it may be the wrong one entirely. Perhaps a better question would be how much is the social media you’re doing worth to your brand? But how can that be measured? B2C Marketing Insider

New Directions

New year/new business model.Mike Clough tells us about a new kind of chamber of commerce offering free membership and services to its small business members. Read about the new business model for a new era. (Full disclosure: Mike is currently a representative for the Minnesota chapter of the organization.) Read more and get inspired about what other small business services may represent important business models and tools for the New Year. America’s Best Business Practices

How to make a New Year’s resolution that sticks. You could make a New Year’s resolution to change just about anything in your life. Inclusion of this post here assumes one of the big things you may want to improve in 2011 is your business, though the specifics of what shape that change should take vary. Regardless what kind of change you wish to make in the New Year, these steps should help you accomplish it. Thanks Chris, and to all our small business friends, Happy 2011! Corporate Group Coach

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Explosion shakes Nigerian capital

Friday, December 31st, 2010

Several people are injured in a blast said to have occurred at or near an army barracks in the Nigerian capital Abuja.

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First firework celebrations of 2011

Friday, December 31st, 2010

The new year has been welcomed in with glittering fireworks displays in major world cities.

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‘Blast at Nigeria army barracks’

Friday, December 31st, 2010

Several people are injured in a blast at an army barracks in the Nigerian capital Abuja, police and eyewitnesses say.

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Yeates police team get more time

Friday, December 31st, 2010

Jo YeatesJo Yeates’s body was found on Christmas Day
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The landlord of landscape architect Jo Yeates is continuing to be questioned on suspicion of her murder.

Former public school teacher Chris Jefferies, 65, was arrested on Thursday in the flat above the one Miss Yeates had rented in Canynge Road, Bristol.

The 25-year-old was found dead on Christmas Day, eight days after she was last seen on CCTV visiting an off-licence and two local supermarkets.

Post-mortem tests revealed she had been strangled.

Miss Yeates’s boyfriend Greg Reardon, with whom she lived, reported her missing two days later when he returned home from visiting family in Sheffield.

Her body was found in Longwood Lane, in Failand, near Bristol, by a couple walking their dogs.

Mr Jefferies, who formerly taught English at the nearby Clifton College public school, lives in the flat above the Victorian basement property he rented to the couple.

He is currently being questioned at a police station within the Avon and Somerset force area.

On Thursday, officers removed two cars from the street where Miss Yeates lived – a silver Chrysler and a grey Volvo S40.

Chris JefferiesChris Jefferies is a former English teacher

Miss Yeates’s keys, mobile phone, purse and coat had been left behind at her flat and forensic examiners previously said there was no sign of a forced entry or a struggle at the property.

On Wednesday police appealed for information after saying Mr Jefferies had reported seeing three people, one of whom he believed was Miss Yeates, leaving the block of flats on the night she was last seen.

However, later that day he told reporters he denied telling police he saw Miss Yeates leaving with two unidentified people.

Miss Yeates is known to have left the Ram pub, on Park Street, at about 2000 GMT on the night she disappeared.

Police have issued CCTV images of her then visiting a Waitrose store on The Triangle, a Bargain Booze shop, and a Tesco Express near her flat.

She bought a pizza at the Tesco store but while the receipt was found at her flat, no trace has been found of the food or its wrapper.

Crimestoppers has offered a £10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of her killer.

Map showing Jo Yeates' last known movements

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