Friday, August 31, 2012
by Raemin Zhang
The Eiffel Tower: the most visited paid-for tourist attraction in the world.
If you thought people traveled to Paris for the romance and the caf� culture, you may need to think again.
A new study has found that the Eiffel Tower is Europe's most valuable monument, worth US$544 billion to the French economy, nearly a fifth of the country's gross domestic product.
That's substantially more than Rome?s Colosseum (US$114 billion) in second place, and more than the other six European monuments included in the study combined. They included the Sagrada Familia Cathedral in Barcelona and the Tower of London.
The study, conducted by Italy?s Monza and Brianza Chamber of Commerce, found the monetary value of monuments according to their ?image, branding and aesthetic qualities,? combining the results of 10 other studies and statistical analyses.read more
At the time of her death, the famous actress was domiciled in New York, not California, and as a result, her estate can't use California's publicity rights law to object to a photo licensor and others.
While parents everywhere would surely love if every time their child reached for a tablet it was to create something, we all know that if most kids are given a choice, they will play a game. Of course, skill and drill education software disguised as a game is generally the parent preferred game choice, but in the off-chance that your kid is just not into that, here are a few options that you both might dig. More
A PAEDOPHILE who had some of the worst images of sexual child abuse a judge had ever seen has been jailed for 19 months.
David Austin, 44, had built up a collection of "vile" photographs and films on his computer and mobile phone and was sharing them with other perverts online.
Sentencing him at Bristol Crown Court yesterday, Judge Julian Lambert, who has been administering justice on the Western Circuit for eight years, said: "The images are among the worst I have ever seen."
Prosecuting, Peter Coombe said police searched Austin's home on Eastwood Road, Brislington, on September 8 last year.
On a computer and mobile phone they found 1,420 still images and 180 moving ones, depicting child pornography and abuse.
Of the still images, 354 were of level four and five – the two most extreme categories of child abuse images. And of the films, 111 were of those two categories.
The court heard Austin was candid with police, telling them he used a file sharing programme on his computer to allow others to see the images.
He also admitted going on internet chat rooms and engaging in "sick fantasy chat" about abusing children as young as six.
Austin had three previous warnings – two from Avon and Somerset and one from Wiltshire police – about comments he had posted on the internet.
Mr Coombe said some of the search engine terms he had typed into his computer included "toddler" and "young child".
Austin admitted 18 counts of making indecent images by downloading them.
The court heard he had previous convictions for dishonesty and was subject to a suspended prison sentenced for producing cannabis when he committed the latest offences.
Judge Lambert sentenced Austin to 16 months' prison for the indecent images and three months for breaching his suspended sentence.
He imposed a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) that includes restrictions including ordering him to make available, on request from police, any computers or devices on which he uses the internet.
Mitigating, Brendon Moorhouse said his client had co-operated with the police throughout their investigation, even admitting more serious activity than he needed to. He said Austin was not a very good "joined-up thinker".
Judge Lambert ordered the incriminating computer and phone to be destroyed and Austin will be on the Sex Offenders' Register.
After the case, Sergeant Mike Parminter, of Avon and Somerset's Child Abuse Team (ICAT), described the images found as vile.
He said: "Online offenders who think their offending only happens in cyberspace should know they will face justice in the real world, as happened with this case today."
It's never pleasant to run across a story of an elderly driver plowing through a group of innocent pedestrians, but here we are. This time 100-year-old Preston Carter lost control of his Cadillac Sedan de Ville, drove up on the sidewalk and injured 11 people across the street from Main Street Elementary School, which had just let out.
Carter, who turns 101 on September 5, said his brakes failed when he hit the group of kids waiting to be picked up by parents, but a witness said that he had put his car into reverse just before running over the curb into the crowd of people. Four kids were trapped under the car, and people nearby were able to lift the car up to get them to safety. In total, nine school kids and two adults were injured and taken to the hospital, and four of the victims were in critical condition. None of the injuries were life-threatening, according to a report by the local CBS affiliate, KCAL.
When asked why he is still driving, Carter simply said, "They gave me the license." Scroll down for the news report.Permalink | Email this | Comments
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Should we all just bow down to Cheryl Sandberg now? What can this woman not do? Smart, technical, superrich, twice-successful entrepreneur, powerful, beautiful, a successful public speaker, a smart dresser: Facebook chief operating officer Cheryl Sandberg is now, apparently, also an author.