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Seven dead as tornadoes rip through Midwest

Seven dead as tornadoes rip through Midwest

Monday, June 7, 2010


••• Tornados and thunderstorms swept through Ohio, Illinois and Michigan.

Dozens of homes were destroyed and a nuclear power plant had to be shut down.

The deaths happened in Ohio, where as many as seven tornadoes struck.

A five-year-old child was among those killed in the small town of Millbury, Ohio, local media reported.

Some 50 homes were also destroyed in a weekend of devastation.

The tornados and storms were not confined to Ohio, with 11 people injured in storms in Michigan and 17 hospitalised in Illinois.

Damage to a wall of a Michigan nuclear power plant prompted an automatic shutdown and the facility will remain closed until response crews assess the impact.

The high school in Lake Township was among the hardest-hit buildings.

Some buses were thrown across the school car park, Superintendent Jim Witt said.

Lake Township Police Chief Mark Hummer described the affected area as “like a war zone”.

He said a child was among the victims.

Mr. Hummer said later that the authorities had finished searching damaged buildings and he was not aware of anyone being reported missing, but fields and woods were still being searched.

In Michigan, the Fermi nuclear power plant on the shore of Lake Erie was shut down after high winds tore a side from one of the buildings.

Dan Smith, public information officer for Monroe County, said investigators were inspecting the plant and it was expected to go back into operation soon.

An eyewitness in Illinois said the city of Streator had been badly damaged.

“I saw people coming out of their homes right after the tornado hit; a second story of a house was taken off,” Eddie Lavallie told the Chicago Tribune.

Streator Mayor Jimmie Lansford told a news conference that 17 people had been taken to a local hospital for treatment – and 30 buildings had “major structural damage”.
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• Source(s): News Corporation


Sky buys Virgin Media TV channels for $231 million

Sky buys Virgin Media TV channels for $231 million

Saturday, June 5, 2010

British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB) has bought Virgin Media Television, the current owner of seven TV channels including Living and Bravo.

Sky, the owner of Sky News, is paying $231 million (£160 million) in cash under the deal, which also sees it acquire the channels Challenge, Challenge Jackpot and Virgin1, the latter of which will be rebranded.

The purchase expands Sky’s portfolio of basic pay TV channels and means it does not have to pay carriage fees to offer the Virgin Media Television (VMtv) channels to its customers.

Meanwhile, Virgin Media will be given the option of carrying any of Sky’s basic HD channels, Sky Sports HD 1 and Sky Sports HD 2, and all Sky Movies HD channels for an incremental wholesale fee.

It will also make Sky’s basic and premium channels available to subscribers through its on-demand TV service.

VMtv said its seven channels – which span pay and free-to-air television – reach more than 24 million adult viewers every month.
Living is the third most popular pay TV channel in the U.K., and is the self-styled home of ‘guilty pleasures and trashy glamour’.

It offers a variety of popular programmes including Four Weddings and America’s Next Top Model in its schedules.

Virgin Media said the sale of VMtv would allow it to focus on providing subscribers with ‘super-fast’ cable TV and broadband provision.

Meanwhile BSkyB chief executive Jeremy Darroch described the acquisition as ‘an attractive investment opportunity’ that offered strategic and financial benefits.

‘We are pleased that, through commercial negotiation, we have been able to ensure wide distribution of our channels to a growing pay TV universe,’ he said.

Virgin launched Virgin1 in October 2007 although channels such as Living and Bravo came from the former ntl/Telewest business.

This in turn merged with Virgin Mobile in 2007 and was then rebranded as Virgin Media.
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• Source(s): British Sky Broadcasting / News Corporation


Britain’s David Cameron becomes Prime Minister

Britain’s David Cameron becomes Prime Minister

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

••• Conservative leader David Cameron has become Britain’s youngest prime minister in almost 200 years, after Gordon Brown stepped down and ended 13 years of Labour government.

Cameron said on Tuesday that he aims to form a full coalition government with the third-place Liberal Democrats after his Conservative Party won the most seats but did not get a majority in Britain national election last week.

The 43-year-old leader said it would be ‘hard and difficult work’ to govern as a coalition but added that Britain had serious economic issues to tackle.

This is going to be hard and difficult work.
Prime Minister David Cameron outside Downing Street

Cameron visited Buckingham Palace and was asked to form a government by the Queen.

Earlier Gordon Brown tendered his resignation to the Queen and recommended that Conservative leader David Cameron replace him as premier.

‘I’ve informed the Queen’s private secretary that it is my intention to tender my resignation to the Queen,’ he said in an emotional statement outside Downing Street alongside his wife Sarah.

‘In the event that the Queen accepts, I shall advise her to invite the leader of the opposition to seek to form a government.

‘I wish the next prime minister well as he makes the important choices for the future.’

The United States has no closer friend and ally than the United Kingdom.
President Obama was one of the first leaders to congratulate Mr Cameron

He added it had been a ‘privilege to serve’ the country and wished Cameron well.

‘Only those who have held the office of prime minister can understand the full weight of its responsibilities and its great capacity for good,’ Brown said.

‘I have been privileged to learn much about the very best in human nature and a fair amount too about its frailties – including my own.’

He also paid a glowing tribute to Britain’s armed forces, which are currently serving in Afghanistan.

Brown was then driven to Buckingham Palace where he is expected formally to tender his resignation to the Queen.

Brown’s Labour came second in Britain’s general election on Thursday which resulted in no clear majority for one party for the first time since 1974, triggering days of negotiations.

Brown said on Monday he was stepping down as Labour leader but Tuesday’s announcement brings the final curtain down on his political career at the highest level.
• Source(s): Sky News / Australian News Channel Pty Ltd. & British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. (BSkyB) / News Corp.


Exit polls make Tories largest party

Exit polls make Tories largest party
Tories just short of majority

Thursday, May 6, 2010

••• Britain’s Conservative party is on the brink of claiming back power from Labour in the U .K., based on a major exit poll of voters which predicts a hung parliament.

The joint Sky News/BBC/ITV poll predicted a hung parliament would be the key result from the tightly fought general election, with the Tories falling short of securing the 326 seats they need to form a majority government after 13 years in opposition.

The poll predicted the Tories would have the most MPs in the House of Commons – 307, up 97 on the number elected at the last election in 2005.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s ruling Labour party stood to have 255 MPs, down 94.

The Liberal Democrats, who had enjoyed a surge in popularity during the four-week campaign, would have 59 seats, down four, while 29 seats would go to other minor parties and independents.

While exit polls have a shaky record at predicting accurate election results, if this one proved correct Tory leader David Cameron could lead a minority government.

Even if Labour did a deal with the Lib Dems, such a coalition would still only have 314 MPs and fall short of being able to form a majority government.

If a hung parliament is the outcome of the election, it will only be the first time since 1974 that such a result has been seen in Britain.

Voter turnout was expected to be high across the country in what has been the U.K.’s tightest election battle in decades.
Labour and Tory officials treated the exit poll results with caution, noting that polling booths had closed at 10:00 pm BST (05:00 EDT) just as the poll was being released.

Shadow schools secretary Michael Gove said while the poll suggested a strong vote for change, ‘a degree of humility’ was needed at this stage.

‘Exit polls in the past have given us rouge results and we need to treat it with caution,’ he told BBC One.

Labour’s deputy leader Harriet Harman said it was to early to say what the election result would be.

‘It’s obviously going to be very close,’ she told BBC One.

‘But I think what’s clear is the country needs a strong and stable government to take us through the recession.’

The Lib Dems deputy leader Vince Cable described the exit poll result as ‘very strange’ and noted such polls had been ‘horribly wrong’ in the past.

The Tories led opinion polls carried out throughout the campaign, with Labour and the Lib Dems jostling in second and third places in terms of the popular vote.

However, the complexities of Britain’s first-past-the-post electoral system mean that having the biggest share of the popular vote does not necessarily translate into having the most seats.

The exit poll based on surveys of voters at 130 polling stations across Britain by NOP and Mori.

Despite the uncertainty, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger – a known supporter of Cameron – said on his Twitter feed he’d already called the Tory leader to congratulate him.
‘Just called @davidcameron to congratulate him on the victory. Even though results aren’t in we know the Conservatives had a great day,’ @Schwarzenegger wrote.

• Source(s): Sky News / BskyB / News Corp.



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