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Serious hack on MSE yesterday, please read urgently!
Thursday, November 18, 2010

Here is an example of the email which may have been sent to the email address you're registered with & it will have your username on it, so you know what you are looking for:

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Crucially, the email contains a link (removed in above) leading to a type of virus called a 'trojan' so please DO NOT CLICK THAT LINK!


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Mevagissy is hit by floods
Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Cornwall floods trap people in cars and homes

Source: BBC See the photos!!

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BREAKING NEWS: Paul and Rachel Chandler released by Somali pirates after 388 days
Sunday, November 14, 2010


Paul and Rachel Chandler, the retired Kent couple kidnapped from their yacht by Somali pirates more than a year ago, have been released unharmed, safe & well.

Source: The Telegraph

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300€ grant for Torrevieja pensioners dependant on certain T & C's
Friday, November 12, 2010

Check out page 3 of this week's Round Town News, Town Hall hands out pensioner grants by Louise Clarke.

Here's the link

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Alhama, Murcia is the site for Paramount theme park: SORTED!!
Friday, November 12, 2010

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The British Army Answer Phone
Sunday, November 7, 2010

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New fee-free debit card for spending overseas. N&P to offer 0% fees from January 2011
Friday, November 5, 2010

Norwich & Peterborough Building Society (N&P) has announced it will scrap foreign exchange fees on its debit cards from January 2011, when it re-structures its Gold Current Account.

Existing N&P customers with Gold Current Accounts will see this convert into one of two new types of account at the beginning of next year, depending on how they have used it up until then.

Those who pay in more than £500 a month to their account will automatically have a Gold Classic account opened for them, while people who use theirs only occasionally or do not make this minimum deposit will end up with a Gold Light Account. Crucially, neither of the debit cards that comes with these accounts will levy extra charges for overseas spending or for overseas cash withdrawals.

Fee-free debit card spending overseas

This is great news for consumers, particularly in light of Nationwide’s decision to end fee-free spending on its debit cards – a policy that came into force on 1 November.

The FlexAccount debit card had been the last one offering free overseas spending, with 0% fees limited to transactions within Europe. Most debit card providers charge hefty foreign exchange fees when customers purchase goods and services abroad, or withdraw cash from ATMs in other countries. These charges, and their potential impact on your holiday budget, are explained in the Which? Travel money guide.

If nothing in the current account market changes between now and January next year, Norwich & Peterborough’s current account debit card will be the best option for anyone who makes regular trips abroad. Both existing N&P customers, and new customers who open accounts with the mutual in January, will benefit from 0% foreign exchange fees on debit card spending and no charges for withdrawing cash.

N&P customers with Gold Current Accounts should already have received notification from the building society of what is to happen to their current account in the New Year. Information about the changes is also available on the Norwich & Peterborough website.

Overdrafts and monthly charges on N&P current accounts

It’s important to note that customers with N&P’s Gold Classic Account and Gold Light Account will need to watch out for the monthly fees that might affect them.

Arranged overdrafts with N&P cost £5 a month, while drifting into the red accidentally could cost you significantly more. Unarranged overdraft usage costs £19 per month, while N&P’s fees for paid and unpaid items will cost £15 each from January (down from £23 and £29.50 respectively).

Customers with Gold Classic Accounts will be subject to monthly fees of £5 if they fail to deposit at least £500. This means you’ll need to pay your salary, or a regular lump sum or direct debit, into this account to ensure it stays free.

Meanwhile customers with the Gold Light Account will need to use their account for at least five transactions per month, or else a £5 fee will be charged. Eligible transactions include card payments, standing orders, direct debits, cash deposits and withdrawals. This restriction is designed to ensure N&P customers do not open Gold Light Accounts simply to leave them dormant and unused until they go on holiday – a problem Nationwide is said to have experienced with some FlexAccount customers.


Another source MSE

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EASYJET SALE: Up to 30% off all flights for 6 days only (between 1/1 & 26/3) Sale ends midnight Wednesday 10th November
Friday, November 5, 2010

I've just received an email from Easyjet notifying me that,to celebrate 15 years of great low fares, & as a big thank you to their customers, they are offering fantastic savings of up to 30% off every seat, every route, every day on flights from 1 January - 26 March 2011. Sale ends midnight on Wednesday.

(Ironically, to bring the offer MORE to my notice, the email has, as its subject line, 30% off all flights for 6 days only rather than UP TO 30%)

Hope someone benefits from this.

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Dangerous dogs: You think YOUR dog's not going to attack someone?
Thursday, November 4, 2010

There are far too many dog owners saying 'my (dangerous) dog would lick you not bite you'.  Many are not even aware their dogs are classed as dangerous. Totally irresponsible!!

Take a look at these accounts complete with photos, mostly of young children whose lives will never be the same, & hang onto your stomach as it's not pretty to see. 


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Ryanair under attack from Spanish pilots
Thursday, November 4, 2010

COPAC has questioned whether the airline and its workers are meeting their tax obligations in Spain

Ryanair has described allegations made against the Irish airline by COPAC, the Official College of Commercial Aviation Pilots in Spain, as false, after they were denounced by the pilots to the Spanish Work Inspection Authority for ‘not paying or contributing’ in Spanish territory, despite operating fixed bases here.

In a statement Ryanair has responded saying that both it and its crew ‘are listed and pay taxes and social security as required by European legislation’, and clearly meet the E.U. norms regarding workers in air transport.

COPEC accepts that under community law ‘professionals who work between several EU countries can pay taxes in the country of origin of the company, in this case Ireland’, but they also note that under the law 35/2006 regarding income tax on individuals, ‘all people who remain in Spain for more than 183 days will be considered as a contributor, and will have to meet their tax obligations in Spain’.

COPEC has therefore called or an investigation into Ryanair, considering that there is a possible contradiction between E.U. and Spanish law.

Ryanair is sticking to the EU rule and has said that ‘all the workers on the planes of Ryanair are defined as workers in Irish territory’. They say that they work with Irish contracts, are paid in Ireland, and pay their income tax, social security and pensions contributions in Ireland.

Spokesman for the airline, Stephen McNamara, is reported by Europa Pres as saying that there is no truth in the COPAC claims.

Source: Typically Spanish

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Revealed: Printer cartridge bomb had travelled on two passenger planes before it was discovered
Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Source: Daily Record

A COMPUTER engineering student and her mother were grilled by intelligence officers yesterday over a chilling plot to blow up planes.

Student Hanan al-Samawi, 22, and her 45-year-old mother were arrested after security forces swooped on their home in Sanaa, capital of Yemen.

It is claimed that the student was traced because her phone number was on at least one of the packages.

Meanwhile, it emerged one of the two bombs found hidden in printer toner cartridges had been carried on two passenger planes.

That package was seized at Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

It had been carried by a Qatar Airbus A320 from Sanaa to Doha in Qatar, then on another Qatar Airlines flight to Dubai.

A second device originating in Yemen was found at East Midlands Airport, near Derby.

And PM David Cameron said last night he believed that device was intended to detonate in mid-air.

Home Secretary Theresa May confirmed the bomb found in Britain could have blown up an aircraft.

Yemeni security officials said at least five other suspects were also quizzed yesterday over the bombs, addressed to synagogues in Chicago.

A number of employees of the shipping companies involved, including two from FedEx, are being investigated.

And they are seeking further information from Saudi Arabia, who are understood to have provided the original tip-off about the plot.

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula - who were formed in January 2009 - are thought to be behind the foiled attack.

In Washington, President Obama's counter-terrorism adviser John Brennan said they "have to presume" there might be more bombs of a similar kind.

Last night, al-Samawi, a student at Sanaa University, was freed but the Yemeni authorities said she could still face further questioning.

It followed a wave of protests by students at the university and claims that she might have been set up.

Earlier, Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh said the US and UAE had provided intelligence that helped identify her.

It's also understood a SIM card which formed part of one bomb was linked to al-Samawi.

But Abdel-Rahman Barman, of The National Organisation for Defending Rights and Freedoms, said she was not known to have ties to Islamic groups or be involved in any political activity.

Barman said the Sanaa University student had not been allowed access to a lawyer.

He added: "I'm concerned the girl is a victim because it doesn't make sense the person who would do this kind of operation would leave a picture of their ID and their phone number."

Police were also hunting Yemen - the poorest country in the Middle East - for more conspirators, who are thought to have forged documents and identity cards.

Last night, it emerged that the UK device nearly slipped past investigators.

Following the initial tip-off on Friday, they launched an immediate security sweep of cargo at East Midlands Airport.

After a six-hour search, Leicestershire Police gave the airport the all-clear and removed the security perimeter they had set up.

But when officials in Dubai said they had found a bomb disguised as a printer cartridge, authorities urged British officials to look again, according to a US official speaking on condition of anonymity.

UK aviation security consultant Chris Yates, who claimed to have been given a report by a witness, added: "As a direct consequence, they put the cordon back up again and looked again and found the explosives."

The device found in Dubai had been sent via FedEx, while the UK one was posted with UPS. Both were mailed from Sanaa.

White House counter-terrorism chief Brennan said forensic evidence suggested the maker of the printer bombs was also behind the failed "underpants bomb" plot to blow up a jet over Detroit last Christmas.

AQAP claimed responsibility for the latter attack.

Experts said last night the ink bomb plot aimed to exploit variations in worldwide cargo shipping secruity.

US inspectors were heading to Yemen yesterday to monitor cargo security practices and pinpoint holes in the system.

Meanwhile, Home Secretary May pledged to review the UK's air freight security. She said: "Certainly, we have to look at our processes of searching and how we detect these devices."

Referring to the bomb found in the UK, May added: "The crucial thing is we did find it and we were able to take action on it."

She said all unaccompanied freight from Yemen had now been banned from the UK.

Brennan branded AQAP a "dangerous and determined group".

He added: "They are still at war with us and we are very much at war with them. They are going to try to identify vulnerabilities that might exist in the system.

And he insisted the US "will destroy that organisation as we are going to destroy the rest of al-Qaeda".


Early Hours Of Last Friday: Alert raised at East Midlands Airport after a tip-off about suspect packages concealed on planes.

Security cordon put in place, then lifted. 0900: Suspect package found on FedEx plane in Dubai.

1300: Security cordon reinstated at East Midlands Airport, where a suspect device is found on a UPS plane.

1700: FBI say two suspect packages were addressed to religious buildings in Chicago.

1835: Emirates Flight 201 from Yemen via Dubai lands at JFK airport, New York, escorted by US fighter jets. The plane is carrying a package from Yemen.

1845: FedEx in Dubai confirm they have confiscated a suspect package sent from Yemen and are suspending all shipments from Dubai.

1900: Two other FedEx flights investigated after landing at Newark, New Jersey, and Philadelphia.

Both flights later receive the all-clear.

2330: BA flight from London to New York (JFK) met by US officials as a "precautionary measure".


Anwar al-Awlaki is thought to have organised the plot to blow up planes.

The radical American Muslim cleric is head of AQAP.

He is suspected of involvement in a string of plots around the world, including the World Trade Centre attacks on September 11, 2001.

His internet sermons promoting violence as religious duty are thought to have recruited militants.

Al-Awlaki - the son of a former Yemeni agriculture minister - was born in 1971 in New Mexico, where his father was studying.

He spent his teenage years in Yemen before returning to the US to gain a civil engineering degree and education masters.

For four years he was an imam at a mosque in Fort Collins, Colorado, attended by two future 9/11 hijackers, Khalid al-Midhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi.

In 2001, he moved to a mosque in Falls Church, Virginia, which was visited by Hazmi and third hijacker Hani Hanjour.

A year later, he moved to the UK where he lectured Muslim youths before returning, in 2004, to his ancestral village in the southern Yemeni province of Shabwa with his wife and children.

He lectured at Sanaa's al-Iman University, headed by UN-designated terrorist Abdul-Majid al-Zindani.

Students there included John Walker Lindh - known as the "American Taliban" - and Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian who tried to blow up a passenger plane over Detroit last Christmas.

Al-Awlaki was detained by Yemeni authorities in 2006 on charges relating to a plot to kidnap a US military official.

He gave religious advice to Major Nidal Malik Hasan, the US Army psychiatrist who killed 13 people at Fort Hood military base in Texas last November 5.


The terrorist suspected of making the printer bombs has been named as Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri.

The Yemen-based extremist, who was born in Saudi Arabia, is one of the most ruthless and fanatical al-Qaeda footsoldiers.

US investigators say the devices found last Friday contain the explosive PETN. It's the same explosive as the one that Asiri is thought to have made for underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who carried out a failed mid-air attack on a plane over Detroit last Christmas.

Two years ago, Asiri, 28, fled to Yemen from Saudi Arabia with his brother Abdullah and joined al-Qaeda.

Asiri made explosives for Abdullah, 23, to use in a suicide bomb attempt on the life of Saudi minister Prince Muhammad Abdul Aziz Al-Saud.

The prince promotes attempts to reform militants and Abdullah posed as a repentant jihadist in order to get close to him.

Abdullah detonated a bomb hidden inside his body, killing himself but failing to take the prince's life.

Saudi Arabia put Asiri at the top of their terrorism list in 2009.


The two bombs contained PETN, or pentaerythritol tetranitrate.

PETN is a terrorist's favourite because its colourless crystals are hard to detect in a sealed container.

About 100g could destroy a car.

It is a fine white powder that resembles sugar or salt. PETN is an ingredient of Semtex, can be used in angina medicine and belongs to the same chemical family as nitroglycerin.

The explosive is relatively stable and is detonated either by heat or a shockwave.

Shoe bomber Richard Reid tried to set off a PETN device on an American Airlines jet to Miami in 2001.

PETN was widely used in the plastic explosives favoured by terrorists in plots to blow up planes in the 1970s.

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IKEA gets go ahead at Alicante, in the north of city.
Monday, November 1, 2010

THE SWEDISH furniture giant, IKEA, has signed a deal this week that will see it open a new store in Alicante.
After months of speculation, representatives from the company signed the agreement at a meeting with the Mayor of Alicante, Sonia Castedo, on Monday.

The new store will be located in the Rabasa area, which is in the north of the city and will be part of a multi million euro project which also includes a huge commercial centre. This will be the first IKEA store in the Alicante province and in a statement issued by the company, they said that they were delighted to finally be given the go ahead.

The document was jointly signed by the Mayor, IKEA and the promoter of the Rebasa Project, Miguel Carratalá. The Mayor told members of the press that the process to approve the plans for the new store is already well under way, including an environmental impact study, which is due to be released within the next few weeks.

The store will generate more than 2000 new jobs and IKEA officials have promised the Alicante City Hall that they will interview the city’s unemployed first. The company is investing €250 million into the Alicante store, which is expected to welcome more that 15 million people during its first year of opening.

Source RTN


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