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12 theSun | WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 4 2009

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pigeon concealed in each leg.”

briefs
Snow brings deaths and
The manhad come off a ten-hour
flight from Dubai. – AFP

Cleric jailed on
Car plunges into terror charges
Pacific after prank MELBOURNE: A Muslim cleric
VANCOUVER: A prank to hang a
Volkswagen Beetle from a major
bridge failed on Monday, land-
ing five engineering students in
handcuffs and their car at the
bottom of the ocean.
A concerned citizen reported
and six followers were jailed
for up to 15 years yesterday
after being found guilty of
forming an terror cell which
plotted bomb attacks de-
signed to kill thousands.
“The organisation had
Oxford
travel chaos to Europe
a disturbance at about 4am local encouraged its members to LONDON: Snow storms across hit France and Spain, closing roads ball chiefs in England to extend
time on the Ironworkers Memo- engage in violent jihad“ judge Street,
western Europe killed at least five and rail tracks, and spread as far the strict window imposed to allow
rial Bridge in this western Cana- Bernard Bongiorno told Victoria usually
people on Monday and brought south as Morocco. clubs to sign or transfer players be-
dian metropolis, said Constable state’s Supreme Court. Cleric London’s
travel chaos, grounding most flights A Cyprus Airways plane with yond the 1700 GMT (1am yesterday
Lindsey Houghton. Abdul Nacer Benbrika was busiest
at London’s Heathrow airport after 104 passengers came off the icy in Malaysia) deadline.
Police found “a group of jailed for 15 years, while his street with
one jet slid off a taxiway. taxiway at Heathrow, the world’s Italy faced grimmer news, with
five young University of British followers received minimum shoppers,
Two climbers died on Mount busiest international airport, air- three people killed by the cold and
Columbia students attempting terms of between four and buses and
Snowdon in Wales and three peo- port operator BAA said. No injuries torrential rainstorms. One man
to hang a VW Bug over the side,” seven-and-a-half years. – AFP taxi’s is hit
ple were killed in accidents and were reported. died from the cold in the northern
said Houghton. – AFP hard by
from the cold in Italy. Both runways were temporar- town of Lecco. Another was killed
London’s
Man charged for heavy
London lay under 10cm of snow, ily closed, however, and Heathrow in Sicily when his car was swept
Quake causes panic shoe attack on Wen snowfall
the most recorded in the British halted all flights for several hours. away by a river.
in southern Peru capital in 18 years. The storms also A number of other British airports Another 500 people were evacu-
CAMBRIDGE: British police said yesterday.
were closed or had cancellations ated from their homes in Cosenza
LIMA: A quake measuring 6.0 on Monday they have charged and severe delays. in the southern region of Calabria.
on the Richter scale shook a protester who hurled a shoe British Airways called off all Snow also forced the cancellation
southern Peru on Monday, the at Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao short-haul flights for the day, of about 20 flights from Rome and
Peruvian Geophysics Institute as he gave a speech at Britain’s although a spokeswoman said Milan.
(IGP) said. The quake particu- Cambridge University. the airline hoped to operate about In France, Paris-Charles de
larly affected the region of “Following an incident in the 20 long-haul flights, including to Gaulle airport cancelled at least
Ica, south of Peruvian capital auditorium during the premier’s the United States, Asia and Africa, 87 flights and others were delayed.
Lima, which was badly hit by speech earlier today, a man has yesterday. Paris-Orly also reported delays,
a quake in 2007 that claimed been charged with a public order She said BA had booked 2,500 although both were getting back to
close to 600 lives and caused offence,” a police spokeswoman hotel rooms in and around London normal by mid-evening.
damage to the property of said. “The 27-year-old man has for people who were stranded. Some French high-speed trains
some 440,000. been charged under Section Eurostar advised passengers were cancelled and those that did
The earthquake happened Four of the Public Order Act and against travelling between London run were ordered to slow down.
at 12.53pm (1.53am in Ma- will appear at Cambridge magis- and Paris on high-speed trains Up to 20cm of snow also fell in
laysia). It was centred some trates court on Feb 10.” – AFP because of snow delays. parts of Switzerland. Part of the
74km west of the city of Pisco British regional trains were road around the San Bernardino
and 35km underground, under Four plead guilty to badly hit and London subway and tunnel was closed.
the Pacific Ocean, the authori- bus services at one point came to a In Belgium, about 400km of traf-
ties said. – dpa anti-Obama attacks near standstill. fic jams were reported during the
NEW YORK: A New York man The government was doing morning rush hour around Brus-
Aussie caught with pleaded guilty on Monday to “everything in our power,” to sels and other main cities.
a series of racist assaults al- make sure transport systems ran Snowfalls also snarled traffic
pigeons in trousers legedly meant to protest the smoothly, Prime Minister Gordon in several parts of Spain including
MELBOURNE: An Australian election of President Barack Brown said. the Madrid area where two high-
man was caught with two live Obama that left one victim in Thousands of schools closed ways were temporarily closed, the
pigeons stuffed in his trousers a coma, the US Department of around the country and an army of National Travel Administration
as he got off a flight from the Justice said. snow ploughs and gritters worked Department reported.
Middle East, officials said yes- Ralph Nicoletti, 18, was to clear roads, many of which saw A storm packing winds of more
terday. Customs officers body- the last of four defendants to gridlock despite a warning from the than 100kph injured about a dozen
searched the 23-year-old after plead guilty in court to three British Highways Agency against people in southern Spain, emer-
he was allegedly found with two hate crime assaults on the all but essential travel. gency services said. In the Medi-
bird eggs in a vitamin container night of Obama’s election. London Mayor Boris Johnson terranean port of Malaga, winds
in his pocket during checks at The other co-defendants are offered temporary respite for ripped off part of the roof from the
Melbourne Airport on Sunday. Bryan Garaventa, 18, Michael drivers, announcing the city’s £8 city’s main bus station.
“He was taken to a private Contreras, 18, and Brian Car- (RM42.40) daily congestion charge In Ireland, snow caused hazard-
room and Customs and border ranza, 21. If convicted, they for driving into central London was ous driving conditions and flights to
protection officers found he each face sentences of up to suspended for the day. Britain were disrupted with heavy
was wearing tights with a live 10 years in prison. – AFP The snowfall even forced foot- snowfall yesterday. – AFP
EPAPIX

US newspapers fight back


WASHINGTON: US newspapers, reeling from “Unlike websites that feature negative, gloom-
sagging print advertising revenue, dropping cir- and-doom stories about newspapers, this website
culation and the migration of readers online, are will be devoted to insightful articles, commentary
fighting back. and research that provide a more balanced per-
In a full-page advertisement in The New York spective on what newspaper companies can do
Times, The Washington Post and other newspa- to survive and thrive in the years ahead,” it said.
pers on Monday, a group called the “Newspaper The Newspaper Project said it planned to run
Project” made the case that news on the printed ads in more than 300 other newspapers across
page is not on the verge of extinction. the United States.Social network Facebook on
“More people will read a newspaper today Monday was the venue for another initiative
than watched yesterday’s big game,” the ad aimed at saving newspapers that has attracted
declared in a reference to Sunday’s American tens of thousands of followers.
football championship, the Super Bowl between The crisis in the US newspaper industry has
the Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) Steelers and Arizona been exacerbated by the recession and a steep
Cardinals. drop in advertising.
“With 100 million daily readers, newspapers Online advertising revenue has grown at many
are a tremendous scoring opportunity,” the group US newspapers but has failed to keep pace with
said in a message aimed at advertisers. the slide in print advertising revenue.
“We acknowledge the challenges facing the A survey by the Pew Research Centre for the
newspaper industry in today’s rapidly changing People & the Press last year also found that the
media world,” said Donna Barrett, a member of internet has surpassed newspapers as the main
the Newspaper Project and Community Newspa- source of national and international news for
per Holdings president and chief executive. Americans.
“However, we reject the notion that newspa- More than 15,600 newspaper employees were
pers – and the valuable content that newspaper laid off or took buyouts last year, according to
journalists provide – have no future,” Barrett, who figures compiled by Erica Smith, a St. Louis Post-
is also president of Southern Newspaper Publish- Dispatch journalist who tracks the cuts on her
ers Association, said in a statement. blog at graphicdesignr.net/papercuts.
On its website, NewspaperProject.org said The Chicago-based Tribune Co, which owns
it was launched by a small group of newspaper the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times and other
executives “to support a constructive exchange dailies, is one of the most prominent victims of
of information and ideas about the future of the crisis and filed for bankruptcy protection in
newspapers.” December. – AFP