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by autofran (autofran@mac.com) on Fri Dec 14th, 2007 at 12:01:59 AM EST
Ike Turner, R&B legend and ex-husband of Tina Turner, dies at 76 - International Herald Tribune

Ike Turner, the rhythm and blues musician, songwriter, bandleader, producer, talent scout and former husband of Tina Turner, died Wednesday at his home in San Marcos, California, a San Diego suburb. He was 76.

His death was announced by Jeanette Bazzell Turner, who married Turner in 1995. She gave no cause of death, but said he had had emphysema.

Turner was best known for discovering Anna Mae Bullock, a teenage singer from Nutbush, Tennessee, whom he renamed Tina Turner. The Ike and Tina Turner Revue had a string of hits in the 1960s before the Turners broke up in 1975. Tina Turner described the relationship as abusive in her autobiography, "I, Tina," which was adapted for the 1993 film "What's Love Got to Do With It?" and made Turner's name synonymous with domestic abuse.

"Dieu se rit des hommes qui se plaignent des conséquences alors qu'ils en chérissent les causes" Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet
by Melanchthon on Fri Dec 14th, 2007 at 12:47:25 AM EST
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Britons drink more than we thought, says minister | Society | The Guardian

Britons are typically drinking a third more than earlier surveys suggested, it was revealed yesterday, as the government took the unusual step of revising the way it calculates alcohol consumption to reflect stronger wine and the trend towards drinking from bigger glasses.

The Office for National Statistics has updated its drinking assessment method for the first time since 1978 due to the higher alcohol content and bigger measures of some products.

But the drinks industry reacted angrily, saying the government was sending out a confusing message about sensible alcohol consumption, and insisting that, overall, people were drinking less than they used to.

The assessment changes boosts average British alcohol consumption estimates from 10.8 units to 14.3 units a person a week when applied to the last General Household Survey data in 2005. But women's estimated intake increases by 45% to 9.4 units a week as they drink more wine than men, the ONS said in a new report.

It said: "Applying the new methodology to 2005 data shows that there has been some undercounting of the number of units in certain types of drinks - predominantly wine but also, to a lesser degree, beer, lager and cider."

"Dieu se rit des hommes qui se plaignent des conséquences alors qu'ils en chérissent les causes" Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet
by Melanchthon on Fri Dec 14th, 2007 at 12:55:02 AM EST
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I'm doing my best

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Dec 14th, 2007 at 08:28:53 AM EST
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We can't even measure alcohol consumption properly, something that isn't that hard, and tightly controlled, and we are supposed to believe GDP figures or inflation ?

Un roi sans divertissement est un homme plein de misères
by linca (antonin POINT lucas AROBASE gmail.com) on Sat Dec 15th, 2007 at 01:39:43 PM EST
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Immediate Action Needed To Save Corals From Climate Change
The journal Science has published a paper that is the most comprehensive review to date of the effects rising ocean temperatures are having on the world's coral reefs. The Carbon Crisis: Coral Reefs under Rapid Climate Change and Ocean Acidification, co-authored by seventeen marine scientists from seven different countries, reveals that most coral reefs will not survive the drastic increases in global temperatures and atmospheric CO2 unless governments act immediately to combat current trends.

The paper, the cover story for this week's issue of Science, paints a bleak picture of a future without all but the most resilient coral species if atmospheric CO2 levels continue on their current trajectory. Marine biodiversity, tourism and fishing industries and the food security of millions are at risk, the paper warns. Coral reef fisheries in Asia currently provide protein for one billion people and the total net economic value of services provided by corals is estimated to be $30 billion.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Dec 14th, 2007 at 02:39:18 AM EST
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Kommersant: Market Players Rush to Register Brands with Medved Words

Russian Patent Service has received applications for registration of trademarks playing up the name of Dmitry Medvedev, potential successor to President Vladimir Putin, Vedomosti reported.

Kaufman Production that consults Vinexim has applied for registering Volodya i Medvedi brand. Volodya is the clear reference to Russia's President Vladimir Putin and Medvedi refers to First Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. The root of Medvedev word is Medved that is the Russian for bear. Bear is also the symbol of country's ruling United Russia Party. Moreover, Masha i Medvedi is the name of chocolate sweets.

Vinexim registered the Putinka vodka brand in three years after Vladimir Putin became Russia's president.

Acting on behind of unidentified client, Inso-Energo has applied for registering Tsar-Medved, Medvedka and Medvedevka brands for alcohol drinks, beverages and confectionery.

"Pretending that you already know the answer when you don't is not actually very helpful." ~Migeru.
by poemless on Fri Dec 14th, 2007 at 12:15:46 PM EST
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Chicago Tribune: Kidd's Ship Found Off Dominican Island

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - A U.S. underwater archaeology team announced Thursday it has likely discovered the shattered remnants of a ship once captained by the notorious buccaneer William Kidd off a tiny Dominican Republic island.

The barnacled cannons and anchors found stacked beneath just 10 feet of crystalline coastal waters off Catalina Island are believed to be the wreckage of the Quedagh Merchant, a ship abandoned by the Scottish privateer in 1699, Indiana University researchers say.

"When I first looked down and saw it, I couldn't believe everybody missed it for 300 years," said Charles Beeker, a scuba-diving archaeologist who teaches at Indiana University. "I've been on thousands of wrecks and this is one of the first where it's been untouched by looters."

Beeker said the wreckage has been aggressively sought by treasure hunters, including a group with a permit from the Dominican government to scour Catalina for remnants of the ship, which historians believe was scavenged of treasure and burned shortly after Kidd abandoned it.

"Pretending that you already know the answer when you don't is not actually very helpful." ~Migeru.
by poemless on Fri Dec 14th, 2007 at 12:17:52 PM EST
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