Archive | October 2012

Drunk and disorderly!


Drunk and disorderly! The moment tearful Deena Cortese was arrested for public intoxication on Jersey Shore

It seems that some things never change.

For Deena Cortese was shown getting arrested yet again on Thursday’s episode of Jersey Shore.

The reality television personalty had been on yet another bender, when her walking on a road caused consternation among the local constabulary.

You're nicked me old beauty: Deena Cortese was arrested for public intoxication on Jersey Shore

You’re nicked me old beauty: Deena Cortese was arrested for public intoxication on Jersey Shore

Two police officers duly chased her down the road, and despite her feeble attempts at evasion, she was soon apprehended and put in handcuffs.

Ironically, when she was told she was under arrest, she had the cheek to ask them what for.

The offers then explain she was arrested because she had been blocking traffic, and could have caused an accident.

Dancing in the street: But the drunken cast member's antics would soon land her in trouble

Dancing in the street: But the drunken cast member’s antics would soon land her in trouble

On the run: But her feeble attempts at evading the long arm of the law were doomed to failure

On the run: But her feeble attempts at evading the long arm of the law were doomed to failure

There must be some mistake: She had the temerity to ask the police officers why they were arresting her

There must be some mistake: She had the temerity to ask the police officers why they were arresting her

It was a miserable end to a fun day for the 25-year-old, as she had been having a fun day in Seaside Heights before her arrest.

After knocking back a copious amount of alcohol she used the pier’s wide array of amusements.

However a sign of what was to come came when she said ‘”I’m not myself, I feel!’ She then started crying.’

Crocodile tears: She was no doubt upset at the fact she had been arrested yet again for drunkenness

Crocodile tears: She was no doubt upset at the fact she had been arrested yet again for drunkenness

What's the problem: The officer politely explained she had been causing a disruption on the road

What’s the problem: The officer politely explained she had been causing a disruption on the road

To be continued: The fallout from her latest arrest will be one of the subject's of next week's thought provoking episode

To be continued: The fallout from her latest arrest will be one of the subject’s of next week’s thought provoking episode

While Danny suggested she should get some coffee it was too little too late.

She ended up losing controil and paid the price by being arrested, with her parentrs bailing her out of jail due to feature on next weeks edition.

But while it was the most dramatic action of the episode, there were other loose ends to tie up.

Early start: Deena had no hesitation in getting her drinking done early in the day despite a lack of drinking partners

Early start: Deena had no hesitation in getting her drinking done early in the day despite a lack of drinking partners

Losing control: By this point it was a case of when rather than if she would totally lose control

Losing control: By this point it was a case of when rather than if she would totally lose control

Oh dear: It seems she has a problem holding her liquor after she ended up falling over in a heap in the bar

Oh dear: It seems she has a problem holding her liquor after she ended up falling over in a heap in the bar

Meanwhile JWoww had to head to the doctor for a check up after getting caught up in a melee involving her boyfriend Roger at Bamboo last week and hurting her ankle.

Pregnant Snooki poked fun at her, saying: ‘You look like me. Slippers, hungover, beat up, going to the doctor’s.’

It turned out she had an ankle fracture and will have to wear a split for several weeks.

Check up: JWoww headed to see the doctor after hurting her ankle in last week's fight

Check up: JWoww headed to see the doctor after hurting her ankle in last week’s fight

On the treatment table: Jennifer Farley did her best Darren Anderton impersonation during this segment

On the treatment table: Jennifer Farley did her best Darren Anderton impersonation during this segment

Hobbled: She had top wear a bandage to support her injured ankle for the near future

Hobbled: She had top wear a bandage to support her injured ankle for the near future

 

 

Who is the Vienna Venus?


Hunt for mystery woman who boarded Austrian train naked

Austrian media launch search for the mystery nude woman

For passengers on the early morning commute, it certainly brightened up their journey.

A woman boarded the subway rail network in Vienna wearing nothing but a pair of knee-high leather boots and a smile.

Passengers were stunned when the nude woman got on the Vienna U-Bahn near the Kardinal-Nagl-Platz station and stood in the middle of the carriage for several stops.

Passenger bare: The mysterious woman's appearance on the subway train has sparked an appeal by the Austrian media to find her

Passenger bare: The mysterious woman’s appearance on the train has sparked an appeal to track her down

And she appeared to have no qualms about posing for pictures when several commuters reached for their cameras and started snapping away at the modern-day Lady Godiva.

She got off the train a few stops later without saying a word.

Staff on the Vienna U-Bahn have been studying CCTV images of the woman – who has been dubbed the Vienna Venus – and the Austrian media has launched an appeal to track her down, Heute reported.

Her full-frontal picture has been published in several Vienna newspapers which have asked readers to identify the mystery passenger.

Dressed in only a pair of knee-high boots, the woman seemingly happily poses as commuters take pictures of her

Dressed in only a pair of knee-high boots, the woman seems happy to pose as commuters take pictures of her

One publication has even offered to feature the woman in a photo shoot – provided she identifies herself and reveals her reasons for doing it.

According to the Austrian Times, a witness said: ‘I couldn’t believe it when she stepped on the train and when some people grabbed their mobile telephones and started taking pictures she didn’t object.

‘In fact she even seemed to be posing for the camera.’

While the woman’s actions have surprised many, most seemed more concerned with the fact she chose to bare all during snowfall and freezing temperatures in Vienna.

Vienna’s public transit operators Wiener Linien told the Austrian Times: ‘We know that everyone has a different perception of temperature. We do not believe that it so warm in our subways that you have to undress.’

 

 

It’s A Lot Roxanne Pallett


Raunchy Roxanne Pallett heats up cold autumn afternoon in denim hot pants and low cut zebra print top

Judging by her latest set costume the raunchy roles just don’t stop coming for Roxanne Pallett.

The former Emmerdale star looked completely transformed as she took a break from filming her new film It’s A Lot.

Roxanne, 29, usually sets pulses racing when she is often seen on holiday working on her tan while wearing a bikini.

Raunchy: Roxanne Pallett was seen on the set of It's A Lot wearing a pair of denim hot-pants and a low cut zebra top

Raunchy: Roxanne Pallett was seen on the set of It’s A Lot wearing a pair of denim hot-pants and a low cut zebra top

Keep up: The former Emmerdale actress showed more than enough flesh as she read through her script

Keep up: The former Emmerdale actress showed more than enough flesh as she read through her script

Keep up: The former Emmerdale actress showed more than enough flesh as she read through her script

But the pretty brunette struck a different chord when she was walking round in a pair of tiny denim shorts and leather boots.

Roxanne just about kept her ample cleavage inside her low cut zebra print top as she made phone calls in between filming.

The curvy star didn’t look entirely uncomfortable in her racy costume as eager fans took pictures of her on their mobile phones.

Method actor: The British beauty was taking a break from filming her new movie It's A Lot and she certainly seemed to fit the part

Method actor: The British beauty was taking a break from filming her new movie It's A Lot and she certainly seemed to fit the part

Method actor: The British beauty was taking a break from filming her new movie It’s A Lot and she certainly seemed to fit the part

Say cheese: Roxanne had a her new look captured o camera by an eager fan walking past on set

Say cheese: Roxanne had a her new look captured o camera by an eager fan walking past on set

Roxanne had better get used to wearing revealing outfits as she has also won a part in the highly-risque Rocky Horror Show.

Pallett has been cast as the lead female in an upcoming six-month theatre tour.

Roxanne will play Janet in the production, a role made famous by Hollywood actress Susan Sarandon in the 1975 cult movie.

And she’s set to star alongside former X Factor contender Rhydian as Rocky, while Superstar contestant Ben Forster is to play her fiance Brad.

Stay in character: Roxanne has also been announced as the lead female in a theatre tour of The Rocky Horror Show

Stay in character: Roxanne has also been announced as the lead female in a theatre tour of The Rocky Horror Show

Stay in character: Roxanne has also been announced as the lead female in a tour of The Rocky Horror Show

West End star Oliver Thornton, who has appeared in Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Phantom Of the Opera, Les Miserables, Chicago and Starlight Express, will follow in the footsteps of Tim Curry when he stars as the lead character of Frank ‘n’ Furter in the production.

The show will start in January to mark the 40th anniversary of the hit story by Richard O’Brien.

The Rocky Horror Show tells the story of Brad and his fiancée Janet, two squeaky clean college kids who meet Dr Frank’n’Furter by chance when their car breaks down outside his house whilst on their way to visit their former college professor.

Petrol from air


Pioneering British firm produces ‘petrol from air’ in breakthrough that could solve the world’s energy crisis

A British firm has produced the first ‘petrol from air’, it emerged today – in a pioneering scientific breakthrough that could end mankind’s reliance on declining fossil fuels.

Air Fuel Synthesis in Stockton-on-Tees, Teesside, claims to have made five litres of petrol since August using a small refinery that synthesises the fuel from carbon dioxide and water vapour.

Experts have hailed the incredible breakthrough as a potential ‘game-changer’ in the battle against climate change and solution to the globe’s escalating energy crisis.

An engineer checks on equipment at the Air Fuel Synthesis premises in Stockton-on-Tees: The company claims to have achieved a world first by producing petrol by reacting together carbon dioxide and water vapour

An engineer checks on equipment at the Air Fuel Synthesis premises in Stockton-on-Tees: The company claims to have achieved a world first by producing petrol by reacting together carbon dioxide and water vapour

While the company is still developing their process and still need to take electricity from the national grid, it believes it will eventually be possible to power the synthesis entirely from renewable sources.

Within two years it hopes to build a commercial-scale plant capable of making a ton of petrol a day and expand into producing green aviation fuel to make airline travel more eco-friendly.

The technology involves mixing air with sodium hydroxide, then electrolysing the resultant sodium carbonate to release pure carbon dioxide.

This is then reacted with hydrogen electrolysed from water to make a hydrocarbon mixture, with the reaction conditions varied depending on the type of fuel desired.

The fuel that is produced can be made ready for use in any petrol tank with the addition of the same additives currently added to fuel.

Alternatively it can be blended directly with gasoline, diesel and aviation fuel.

Development stage: The company claims to have made five litres of petrol over the past few months, but they hope to move to a commercial-scale plant producing a ton a day within two years

Development stage: The company claims to have made five litres of petrol over the past few months, but they hope to move to a commercial-scale plant producing a ton a day within two years

 

This diagram illustrates the pioneering process for creating petrol from water

This diagram illustrates the pioneering process for creating petrol from water

Peter Harrison, the company’s chief executive, revealed the breakthrough at a conference at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in London this week.

‘We are converting renewable electricity into a more versatile, usable and storable form of energy, namely liquid transport fuels,’ he told the Independent.

‘We think that by the end of 2014, provided we can get the funding going, we can be producing petrol using renewable energy and doing it on a commercial basis.’

Extracting carbon dioxide from air – effectively removing the principal industrial greenhouse gas from the atmosphere – has been described as the ‘holy grail’ of the emerging green economy.

However, recycling that extracted carbon dioxide into fuel usable in existing engines has the potential to transform the world’s environmental and economic landscape.

Mr Harrison said he planned to be producing petrol on a commercial basis using renewable energy by the end of 2014. Within the next 15 years the company is aiming for a refinery-scale operation, he said.

He added: ‘You have the potential to change the economics of a country if you can make your own fuel.’

AFS already has the backing of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Tim Fox, the Institution’s head of energy and the environment, said: ‘It sounds too good to be true, but it is true.’

Mr Fox said AFS’s small pilot plant, which he had visited, used well-known principles with the innovation being that they have made it happen as a process.

‘It uses well-known and well-established components but what is exciting is that they have put the whole thing together and shown that it can work,’ he added.

While the company claims to have used carbon dioxide extracted directly from the air in their reaction, it is mainly using industrial sources of the gas until it is able to improve the performance of ‘carbon capture.’

As yet the process is considered too expensive to be commercially viable, with the extraction of one ton of carbon dioxide costing as much as £400.

 

WATER INTO PETROL: THE PROCESS

Air is blown into a tower filled with a mist of sodium hydroxide solution. The carbon dioxide in the air reacts with some of the sodium hydroxide to form sodium carbonate.

This sodium carbonate is then electrolysed to release the carbon dioxide, which is collected and stored.

A dehumidifier condenses water out of the same air passed into the tower, with this condensed water then passed into an electrolyser where it is split into hydrogen and oxygen.

The carbon dioxide and hydrogren are reacted together to make a hydrocarbon mixture, with reaction conditions varied depending on the kind of fuel required.

The product can then be mixed with the same additives used in current fuels to ease starting, burn cleanly and avoid corrosion problems. Otherwise it can be blended directly with gasoline, diesel and aviation fuel.

 

Robbie Williams


Surely you’re a married man… and he’s got the tummy to show for it! Robbie Williams cavorts on Italian TV with a topless dancer

He’s a married man with a one-month-old baby daughter, but that didn’t stop Robbie Williams cavorting with a near-naked woman on stage in Italy on Thursday.

Proving his wild days aren’t behind him just yet, the Candy singer made sure to attract his fair share of attention with a particularly eye-catching performance on The X Factor Italia.

Wearing just a pair of dark sunglasses, black stilettos and a barely-there nude thong, the dancer in question used her hands to protect her modesty as the 38-year-old star writhed around her. 

What would Ayda say? Robbie Williams cavorted on stage with a near-naked woman as he performed on the Italian X Factor on Thursday night

What would Ayda say? Robbie Williams cavorted on stage with a near-naked woman as he performed on the Italian X Factor on Thursday night

Performing an amorous routine with the toned beauty, Robbie looked every inch the cheeky chappy as he took to the stage.

And it doesn’t seem as though sleepless nights are meaning the new dad is letting it slip in the style stakes, with the former Take That star looking fashionable in a grey shirt and waistcoat, tailored black trousers and smart shoes with white detailing.

In addition to his X Factor performance, Robbie was in Milan to launch his menswear label Farrell at luxury department store Coin in the Italian city.

Attention-grabbing: Aside from a barely-there nude thong, the dancer was wearing just sunglasses and stilettos

Attention-grabbing: Aside from a barely-there nude thong, the dancer was wearing just sunglasses and stilettos

She's an Angel: Robbie proved his wild days are by no means behind him as he writhed around with the toned beauty

She's an Angel: Robbie proved his wild days are by no means behind him as he writhed around with the toned beauty

She’s an Angel: Robbie proved his wild days are by no means behind him as he writhed around with the toned beauty

It would appear the Stoke-born star’s appearance delighted fans, with a group gathering below his hotel on Thursday as they threw gifts up to him.

As he opened his window, he was greeted by a loud noise from the crowd before the kindhearted group started besieging him with gifts.

One fan even thew up a small teddy bear – undoubtedly intended as a gift for Robbie’s baby daughter, Theodora Rose – which the Angels star caught expertly.

Cheeky: The lady in question made sure to protect her modesty with her hands

Cheeky: The lady in question made sure to protect her modesty with her hands

Raunchy: Robbie made sure to shock viewers with his amorous routine

Raunchy: Robbie made sure to shock viewers with his amorous routine

Robbie and his wife Ayda Field welcomed their first child, affectionately known as Teddy, into the world on September 18.

But the singer admitted childbirth wasn’t the harmonious experience he hoped it would be, and his daughter’s entrance to the world was somewhat like a scene from a gruesome Predator movie.

He told The Sun newspaper: ‘I cut the cord but, bless her, I cut it while she was still inside Ayda. Teddy was going blue because the umbilical cord was caught around her neck.

‘I had to be quick with the scissors. It was like Ayda vs Predator. She’d say the same thing. It’s an image that won’t go away.’

Baby shower: Earlier in the day, Robbie was besieged with gifts from his loyal fans - including a teddy bear, no doubt intended for his one-month-old baby daughter Theodora Rose

Baby shower: Earlier in the day, Robbie was besieged with gifts from his loyal fans - including a teddy bear, no doubt intended for his one-month-old baby daughter Theodora Rose

Baby shower: Earlier in the day, Robbie was besieged with gifts from his loyal fans – including a teddy bear, no doubt intended for his one-month-old baby daughter Theodora Rose

Dapper dude: Robbie was in Milan, Italy, to launch his menswear label Farrell at luxury department store Coin

Dapper dude: Robbie was in Milan, Italy, to launch his menswear label Farrell at luxury department store Coin

It’s been a busy week for Robbie, who jetted from Milan to Paris on Friday.

Wearing dark Ray-Ban Wayfarer shades, the father of one cut a stylish figure once again in a sky blue shirt with black button detailing.

And it didn’t seem as though his raunchy escapades the previous evening had bothered him too much, with Robbie signalling an ‘OK’ hand gesture at photographers.

Busy bee: Robbie jetted to Paris on Friday, and didn't seem too bothered by his raunchy escapades the previous evening

Busy bee: Robbie jetted to Paris on Friday, and didn’t seem too bothered by his raunchy escapades the previous evening

Joanna Krupa


A bit revealing for date night! Real Housewife Joanna Krupa wears ENTIRELY see-through top for dinner with her fiancé

She could maybe have got away with it on the red carpet.

But Joanna Krupa’s top was undoubtedly too revealing for a regular night out.

However, the Real Housewife of Miami star didn’t appear too concerned that her metallic top was entirely see-through as she dined with her fiancé at BOA Steakhouse in Beverly Hills on Thursday night.

A bit revealing for date night! Joanna Krupa wore an entirely see-through top for dinner with fiancé Romain Zago on Thursday night

A bit revealing for date night! Joanna Krupa wore an entirely see-through top for dinner with fiancé Romain Zago on Thursday night

The 33-year-old seemed far from embarrassed about her lack of underwear on the evening out, while fiancé Romain Zago also appeared unconcerned about former Playboy model Joanna’s revealing outfit.

In fact, nightclub owner Zago donned a grin from ear-to-ear as he paraded his scantily clad fiancée to their waiting car.

The former model and wannabe actress wore the completely sheer top featuring a few strings of sequins with skinny jeans, stiletto’s and a black leather clutch bag.

Guess what he's looking at: A male admirer eyes up the reality star, as she hands out autographs

Guess what he’s looking at: A male admirer eyes up the reality star, as she hands out autographs

What's the big deal? Having posed in the nude many times before, the 33-year-old clearly doesn't seem to bothered by her lack of essential clothing

What's the big deal? Having posed in the nude many times before, the 33-year-old clearly doesn't seem to bothered by her lack of essential clothing

What’s the big deal? Having posed in the nude many times before, the 33-year-old clearly doesn’t seem to bothered by her lack of essential clothing

Forget something? Real Housewife of Miami Joanna Krupa goes to dinner with her fiance in a completely sheer top, putting her finest assets on full display

Forget something? Real Housewife of Miami Joanna Krupa goes to dinner with her fiance in a completely sheer top, putting her finest assets on full display

Polish-born Joanna is definitely comfortable showing off her goods as she previously posed naked for the famous pages of Playboy magazine, as well as for a PETA campaign in 2009.

The controversial campaign saw the blonde completely in the nude, with only a crucifix to cover her modesty.

Depicted as an angel floating in a  church filled with young puppies, the message of the ad was: ‘Be an angel for animals, always adopt dogs, never buy.’

If you got it, flaunt it: The couple seems not at all embarrassed by the wardrobe failure

If you got it, flaunt it: The couple seems not at all embarrassed by the wardrobe failure

And her Thursday night out outfit – or lack off – certainly helped Joanna get more attention, as she has just joined the new season of Real Housewives of Miami, where she has been caught in an argument with fellow housewife Adriana de Moura.

The latest episode of the popular reality show saw her laying into the fellow star and accused her of trying to flirt with her fiancé Romain.

But Joanna herself denies any feuds with her fellow cast members, who have called her a diva in the past.

‘They all know I’m the sweetest person with the biggest heart and I love animals,’ she previously said modestly.

'I love puppies!': Joanna was forced to defend herself after her Real Housewife colleagues called her a 'diva'

‘I love puppies!’: Joanna was forced to defend herself after her Real Housewife colleagues called her a ‘diva’

terror plot


Federal Reserve ‘bomber’ plotted to kill Obama: Foreign student, 21, who ‘tried to blow up Manhattan bank with 1,000lb car bomb planned to take out President’

  • Quazi Nafis, 21, arrested on Wednesday in elaborate FBI sting operation
  • Nafis had arrived in U.S. ten months ago on student visa
  • Would-be terrorist supplied with fake 1,000-pound bomb and parked in front of Federal Reserve Bank in lower Manhattan
  • Tried repeatedly to detonate ‘bomb’ with cell phone but failed
  • FBI and NYPD said the public was never in danger

The 21-year-old student behind an alleged terror plot to blow up the New York Federal Reserve also planned to target a high-ranking U.S. official, believed to be President Obama.

Quazi Nafis, from Bangladesh, was arrested early on Wednesday after he allegedly tried to remotely detonate a fake 1,000-pound car bomb outside the building in lower Manhattan, only a few blocks from the World Trade Center.

The plot was foiled by a major FBI and NYPD operation which led to Nafis being supplied with fake explosives by an undercover agent.

New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said that a high-ranking official had been in the alleged terrorist’s sights. Sources said that the official was President Obama.

The sting: Quazi Nafis, 21, allegedly entered the U.S. on a student visa from Bangladesh with the sole intent of carrying out a terrorist attack

The sting: Quazi Nafis, 21, allegedly entered the U.S. on a student visa from Bangladesh with the sole intent of carrying out a terrorist attack

The sting: Quazi Nafis, 21, allegedly entered the U.S. on a student visa from Bangladesh with the sole intent of carrying out a terrorist attack

Nafis arrived in the U.S. on a student visa in January, under the guise of going to Southeast Missouri State University but was allegedly plotting an attack.

He was believed to have been working towards a degree in cyber security, according to CBS2 but had been transferring his studies to New York.

His home in Jamaica, Queens was surrounded by NYPD and FBI this afternoon as they removed boxes of material.

Authorities tracked Nafis using Facebook and other social media including a Google+ account but the information was taken down on Wednesday.

Commissioner Kelly said: ‘New York continues to be very clearly in the mind frame of terrorists.’

It emerged that the suspect – Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis – had left a chilling video message in which he pledged to ‘destroy America.’

Investigation: Law enforcement remove boxes of material from the home of bombing suspect Quazi Nafis in Queens, New York

Investigation: Law enforcement remove boxes of material from the home of bombing suspect Quazi Nafis in Queens, New York

Alleged target: Obama pictured making a speech today at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa

Alleged target: Obama pictured making a speech today at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa

According to the FBI complaint, he was acting on behalf of al-Qaeda, and had come to the United States in January with jihadist intentions.

Nafis was reportedly influenced by al-Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki and the radical publication Inspire.

The sting operation represents a major coup for the FBI, and is likely to heighten tension in a city haunted by the 9/11 attacks 11 years ago.

Nafis believed that he was going to detonate a 1,000 in front of the Federal Reserve Building, located on Liberty Street, and had recorded a video message prior to the attack saying that he intended to deal a major blow to the American economy.

After receiving the false bomb, he drove with the FBI agent from a warehouse outside the city to the Federal Reserve building.

The two parked the van in front of the bank and walked to the nearby Millennium Hotel, according to WABC.  At the hotel, he recorded a video where he said: ‘We will not stop until we attain victory or martyrdom.’

Plot: Pedestrians pass the Federal Reserve Building today; authorities arrested a Bangladeshi man they said was plotting to blow up the Federal Reserve

Plot: Pedestrians pass the Federal Reserve Building today; authorities arrested a Bangladeshi man they said was plotting to blow up the Federal Reserve

Sting operation: The FBI arrested a man who allegedly plotted to blow up the Federal Bank in New York, which is only blocks away from ground zero

Sting operation: The FBI arrested a man who allegedly plotted to blow up the Federal Bank in New York, which is only blocks away from ground zero

Nafis appeared in federal court in Brooklyn earlier today to face charges of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and attempting to provide material support to al-Qaeda.

Destruction: Narfis allegedly told the undercover agent that he wanted to 'destroy America'

Destruction: Narfis allegedly told the undercover agent that he wanted to ‘destroy America’

If found guilty, he faces life in prison.

Wearing a brown T-shirt and black jeans, he was ordered held without bail and did not enter a plea.

His defense attorney had no comment outside court. The defendant ‘reported having connections’ to al-Qaeda, prosecutors said.

But there was no allegation that he received training or direction from the terrorist group.

He told the undercover FBI agent during the drive to the Federal Reserve that his jihadist views had been shaped by al-Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki.

According to the criminal complaint, Nafis said: ‘All I had in my mind are how to destroy America… I came up to this conclusion that targeting America’s economy is most efficient way to draw the path of obliteration of America as well as the path of establishment of Khilapha.’

He continued, according to the complaint: ‘I decided to attack the Federal Reserve bank of New York which is by far the largest (by assets),most active (by volume) and most influential of the 12 regional Federal Reserve Banks.

‘New York Federal Reserve Bank implements monetary policy, supervises and regulates financial institutions and helps maintain the nation’s payment systems.’

Home: A man stands outside the residence of Quazi Nafis, the alleged Federal Reserve plot suspect

Home: A man stands outside the residence of Quazi Nafis, the alleged Federal Reserve plot suspect

Tactics: New York Police Department Commissioner Ray Kelly speaks to the media about a foiled terrorist plot in the financial district on Wednesday

Tactics: New York Police Department Commissioner Ray Kelly speaks to the media about a foiled terrorist plot in the financial district on Wednesday

Prosecutors say Nafis traveled to the U.S. in January to carry out an attack.  In July, he contacted a confidential informant, telling him he wanted to form a terror cell, the criminal complaint said.

In further conversations, authorities said Nafis proposed several spots for his attack, including the New York Stock Exchange – and that in a written letter taking responsibility for the Federal Reserve job he was about to carry out, he said he wanted to ‘destroy America.’ 

Other communications took place through Facebook, the complaint said. The complaint stated that Nafis learned how to make a bomb from a magazine article published in al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula magazine ‘Inspire.’

The magazine contained an article entitled, ‘How to Make a Bomb in the Kitchen with your Mom,’ telling readers how to construct a detonating bomb with everyday household items.

NYPD Commissioner Kelly said: ‘Inspire Magazine, which Awlaki was the prime mover behind, was the magazine or this is the article that he read that justified to him the killing of children, the killing of women.’

The foiled Federal Reserve plot came as the alleged mastermind of the 9/11 attacks on New York told a court today that the American government was to blame for the 2,976 people killed.

Khalid Sheik Mohammed spoke during a pretrial hearing in Guantanamo Bay attended by many of the victims’ families where he refused to accept any guilt.

Federal prosecutors said that Nafis was closely monitored by the FBI in New York and members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force, as well as the NYPD, and the public was never in danger.

The building is only blocks away from ground zero and the nearly-complete One World Trade Center construction, an area full of NYPD officers and other law enforcement officials.

In addition, the bank is close to many highly-populated tourist attractions, residents, and offices.

NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly praised his police force, saying in a statement, ‘Al-Qaeda operatives and those they have inspired have tried time and again to make New York City their killing field.

‘We are up to 15 plots and counting since 9/11, with the Federal Reserve now added to a list of iconic targets that previously included the Brooklyn Bridge, the New York Stock Exchange, and Citicorp Center.

Arraignment: Nafis was arraigned at the Brooklyn Federal Court building this afternoon

Arraignment: Nafis was arraigned at the Brooklyn Federal Court building this afternoon

Arrest: Police cars are stationed outside a building in Jamaica, Queens, today, where Nafis was arrested in connection with a plot to detonate a bomb at the Federal Reserve Bank

Arrest: Police cars are stationed outside a building in Jamaica, Queens, today, where Nafis was arrested in connection with a plot to detonate a bomb at the Federal Reserve Bank

He said that while it may be easy to get complacent, more than 1,000 NYPD officers are assigned to counterterrorism duties daily.

He concluded: ‘I want to commend the NYPD detectives and FBI agents of the Joint Terrorism Task Force for the work they did in the case and U.S. Attorney Lynch and her dedicated team in prosecuting it.’

When he met this morning with the undercover FBI agent, Nafis mentioned that he had a ‘Plan B’ should his van bombing plot fail. He allegedly told the agent that he was also considering a suicide attack.

He faces charges of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction in addition to attempting to provide material support to al Qaeda.

According to the FBI release, Nafis believed that he was going to detonate a 1,000 pound bomb in front of the Federal Reserve Building, located on Liberty Street.

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Location: The Federal Reserve Bank of New York is located in the Financial District in lower Manhattan, blocks away from ground zero and One World Trade Center

Proximity: The Federal Reserve is only blocks away from the new World Trade Center constructions

Proximity: The Federal Reserve is only blocks away from the new World Trade Center constructions 

Keeping watch: Federal Reserve Police stand in front of the Federal Reserve Bank after the alleged attack plot was revealed

Keeping watch: Federal Reserve Police stand in front of the Federal Reserve Bank after the alleged attack plot was revealed

The bank, located at 33 Liberty St, is one of 12 branches around the country that, along with the Board of Governors in Washington, make up the Federal Reserve System that serves as the central bank of the United States. It sets interest rates.

The Bangladeshi native reported having overseas connections to al-Qaeda, and traveled to the U.S. in January to carry out an attack, according to a complaint filed in federal court in Brooklyn.

He was trying to recruit people, but one was a secret FBI source, and Nafis was closely monitored as he tried to act out his plot.

Nafis was awaiting a federal court hearing later Wednesday where he is facing a charge of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and attempting to provide material support for al-Qaeda.

Nafis was living in Queens. It’s not clear if he had a lawyer yet.

 

 

 

The joys of folding underwear!


Lourdes gets no special treatment as she takes summer job on Madonna’s tour

 

Hardly glamorous: Madonna's daughter Lourdes has blogged about folding her mother's underwear on tour

Hardly glamorous: Madonna’s daughter Lourdes has blogged about folding her mother’s underwear on tour

You might think that the daughter of superstar Madonna would live a gilded life.

After all, Lourdes’ mother is rich enough for the teen to never have to do a day’s work.

But there was no special treatment for the youngster when she took a job working for her mother this summer.

The 16-year-old was employed in the wardrobe department during Madonna’s MDNA tour, and even found herself folding up sweaty underwear.

She wrote on her blog: ‘This summer I was surprisingly productive. So, I thought I would tell you all about the joys of folding underwear.

‘As you probably know this woman I like to call my mother went on tour for her MDNA album.

‘As a summer job I decided to work in the wardrobe department. All of my friends were getting summer jobs and I wanted one too. Mine was a little unconventional but still a great experience and a lot of fun.’

The teenager explained that despite being the boss’s child, she still felt the pressure while carrying out the job.

She continued: ‘Being in the wardrobe department meant me and a few other girls dressed the dancers during the show when they had quick changes.  

‘Thirty seconds to totally dress a sweaty dancer can be insane and provoke mucho anxiety.  Doing this night after night was pretty cray, but I loved every minute of it.’

But there were some perks.

Lourdes – whose father is personal trainer Carlos Leon – said she enjoyed visiting Amsterdam in the Netherlands, Copenhagen in Denmark and Turkey the most, and has taken to life on the road.

 She added: ‘It’s really a great experience to be able to work on a large production, traveling around like a family, setting up for an amazing show and all having the same purpose.

Hardly fun and games: Lourdes posted a picture of herself hard at work on the tour

Hardly fun and games: Lourdes posted a picture of herself hard at work on the tour

‘I developed really good relationships with a number of people, not just in wardrobe but in other departments too. Dancers, singers, sound crew, catering, etc. To be able to be a part of such an inspiring production was one of my best summers so far.’

Spirited Lourdes has made it clear that despite her mother’s vast wealth she intends to forge her own way in life.

She is said to be planning her escape to the performing arts school Bard College outside of New York to flee from her mother’s strict rules, and plans on paying for it herself.

Wardrobe department: Lourdes was working out helping dancers do outfit changes

Wardrobe department: Lourdes was working out helping dancers do outfit changes

Wardrobe department: Lourdes was working out helping dancers do outfit changes

And the young girl is so desperate to be independent, she wants to pay her own way through college.

Lourdes has teamed up with her mother to create the teenage clothing line Material Girl, and will presumably use the money she earned through that to pay the expensive college fees.

A source told The Sun: ‘Lourdes can’t wait to leave home and get to university. She’s already planned it all.

VIP: The teenager posted shots of what her life backstage involved

VIP: The teenager posted shots of what her life backstage involved

VIP: The teenager posted shots of what her life backstage involved

‘She’s also fed up being in the spotlight. That’s why she didn’t go on stage during Madonna’s tour.’

Lourdes’ half-brother, Rocco, 12, has also had an active role in the MDNA shows, and has been on stage to dance with his mother most nights.

Madonna also has two younger adopted children, Mercy James, six, and David Banda, seven, but it is not known if they were with her throughout the tour.

Independent teenager: Lourdes and her personal trainer father Carlos Leon

Independent teenager: Lourdes and her personal trainer father Carlos Leon

 

 

SEE GOOGLE SERVERS


Inside the internet: Google allows first ever look at the eight vast data centres that power the online world

  • Data centres range from vast warehouses in Iowa to a converted paper mill in Finland
  • Buildings are so large Google even provides bicycles for engineers to get around them
  • Street View tour of North Carolina facility reveals Stormtrooper standing guard

Google has given a rare glimpse inside the vast data centres around the globe that power its services.

They reveal an intricate maze of computers that process Internet search requests, show YouTube video clips and distribute email for millions of people.

With hundreds of thousands of servers, colourful cables and even bicycles so engineers can get around quickly, they range from a converted paper mill in Finland to custom made server farms in Iowa.

The online gallery reveal the interior of eight of Google's secretive server farms around the globe, from Finland to Iowa

The online gallery reveal the interior of eight of Google’s secretive server farms around the globe, from Finland to Iowa

New data centers are currently being built in Quilicura, Chile; Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan.

‘Very few people have stepped inside Google’s data centers, and for good reason: our first priority is the privacy and security of your data, and we go to great lengths to protect it, keeping our sites under close guard,’ the firm said.

‘While we’ve shared many of our designs and best practices, and we’ve been publishing our efficiency data since 2008, only a small set of employees have access to the server floor itself.

‘Today, for the first time, you can see inside our data centers and pay them a virtual visit.

‘On Where the Internet lives, our new site featuring beautiful photographs by Connie Zhou, you’ll get a never-before-seen look at the technology, the people and the places that keep Google running.’

The site features photos from inside some of the eight data centers that Google Inc. already has running in the U.S., Finland and Belgium.

Google is also building data centers in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and Chile.

Virtual tours of a North Carolina data center also will be available through Google’s ‘Street View’ service, which is usually used to view photos of neighborhoods around the world.

The photographic access to Google’s data centers coincides with the publication of a Wired magazine article about how the company builds and operates them.

The article is written by Steven Levy, a journalist who won Google’s trust while writing ‘In The Plex,’ a book published last year about the company’s philosophy and evolution.

One of Google's server farms in Council Bluffs, Iowa, which provides over 115,000 square feet of space for servers running services like Search and YouTube

One of Google’s server farms in Council Bluffs, Iowa, which provides over 115,000 square feet of space for servers running services like Search and YouTube

wonderful attention to detail.

lates to the Google logo. What wonderful attention to detail.

Google colour codes its servers depending on their location, while piping in the buildings is coded depending on what it carries – with cool water in blue tubes and warm in red

Google's Douglas County data centre in Georgia is so large the firm provides Google branded bicycles for staff to get around on

Google’s Douglas County data centre in Georgia is so large the firm provides Google branded bicycles for staff to get around on

A street view tour published by Google also reveals a hidden surprise - A Stormtrooper standing guard over a sever in Google's North Carolina server farm

A street view tour published by Google also reveals a hidden surprise – A Stormtrooper standing guard over a server in Google’s North Carolina server farm

The data centers represent Google’s nerve center, although none are located near the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.

As Google blossomed from its roots in a Silicon Valley garage, company co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin worked with other engineers to develop a system to connect low-cost computer servers in a way that would help them realize their ambition to provide a digital roadmap to all of the world’s information.

Initially, Google just wanted enough computing power to index all the websites on the Internet and deliver quick responses to search requests. As Google’s tentacles extended into other markets, the company had to keep adding more computers to store videos, photos, email and information about their users’ preferences.

The insights that Google gathers about the more than 1 billion people that use its services has made the company a frequent target of privacy complaints around the world.

The latest missive came Tuesday in Europe, where regulators told Google to revise a 7-month-old change to its privacy policy that enables the company to combine user data collected from its different services.

Google studies Internet search requests and Web surfing habits in an effort to gain a better understanding of what people like. The company does this in an effort to show ads of products and services to the people most likely to be interested in buying them. Advertising accounts for virtually all of Google’s revenue, which totaled nearly $23 billion through the first half of this year.

Even as it allows anyone with a Web browser to peer into its data centers, Google intends to closely guard physical access to its buildings. The company also remains cagey about how many computers are in its data centers, saying only that they house hundreds of thousands of machines to run Google’s services.

Google’s need for so many computers has turned the company a major electricity user, although management says it’s constantly looking for ways to reduce power consumption to protect the environment and lower its expenses.

Here hundreds of fans funnel hot air from the server racks into a cooling unit to be recirculated in Oklahoma. The green lights are the server status LEDs reflecting from the front of the servers

Here hundreds of fans funnel hot air from the server racks into a cooling unit to be recirculated in Oklahoma. The green lights are the server status LEDs reflecting from the front of the servers

The Iowa campus network room, where routers and switches allow data centers to talk to each other. The fiber cables run along the yellow cable trays near the ceiling.

The Iowa campus network room, where routers and switches allow data centers to talk to each other. The fiber cables run along the yellow cable trays near the ceiling.

Even the water pipes reflect Google's brand: These colorful pipes are responsible for carrying water in and out of an Oregon data center. The blue pipes supply cold water and the red pipes return the warm water back to be cooled.

Even the water pipes reflect Google’s brand: These colorful pipes are responsible for carrying water in and out of an Oregon data center. The blue pipes supply cold water and the red pipes return the warm water back to be cooled.

In Hamina, Finland, Google chose to renovate an old paper mill to take advantage of the building's infrastructure as well as its proximity to the Gulf of Finland's cooling waters.

In Hamina, Finland, Google chose to renovate an old paper mill to take advantage of the building’s infrastructure as well as its proximity to the Gulf of Finland’s cooling waters.

Google's server farm in Douglas County, Iowa

Google’s server farm in Douglas County, Iowa

The exterior of a Dulles, Oregon server farm

The exterior of a Dulles, Oregon server farm

Denise Harwood, a Google Engineer, diagnoses an overheated CPU. For more than a decade, Google has built some of the world's most efficient servers.

Denise Harwood, a Google Engineer, diagnoses an overheated CPU. For more than a decade, Google has built some of the world’s most efficient servers.

A Google data center in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

A Google data center in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Each server rack has four switches, connected by a different coloured cable. Colours are kept the same throughout data centres so staff know which one to replace in case of failure.

Each server rack has four switches, connected by a different coloured cable. Colours are kept the same throughout data centres so staff know which one to replace in case of failure.

WHERE ARE THE SERVERS?

Google’s major data centers are located in:

  • Berkeley County, S.C.
  • Council Bluffs, Iowa
  • Douglas County, Ga.
  • Mayes County, Okla.
  • Lenoir, N.C.
  • The Dalles, Ore.
  • Hamina, Finland
  • St. Ghislain, Belgium.

New data centers are currently being built in Quilicura, Chile; Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan.


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