Top celebrities like Sting, Naomi Campbell, Courtney Love, the Edge and Corinne Bailey Rae came out to see the latest collection by Edun, the fashion line by Bono’s wife, Ali Hewson. The stars also talked about the 10-year anniversary of 9/11. (Sept. 11)
Miliband seeks crackdown on bankers
September 11, 2011
Irresponsible bankers who take unacceptable risks or mis-sell products to customers should be barred from the profession, Ed Miliband has said.
The Labour leader demanded tough new rules allowing regulators to “strike off” reckless City staff in the same way negligent midwives and doctors can be ruled unfit for practice.
His call came ahead of the publication of the Independent Commission on Banking’s (ICB) final report which will make recommendations on how to prevent another banking crisis, and as Business Secretary Vince Cable warned the industry to prepare for sweeping reforms.
‘Find my car’ app can also catch crooks
The Sydney Morning Herald
September 11, 2011
Westfield’s new app means you’ll never lose your car in the shopping centre again – and police now have at their fingertips technology to track down stolen and unregistered vehicles.
Westfield Bondi Junction in Sydney recently added to its iPhone app the functionality for shoppers to find their parked car by entering its license plate number.
The idea behind it is that if a shopper forgets where they parked then they can find their car using the app, which also lets users find out the opening hours of each retailer, see special offers and search for a store’s location in the shopping centre.
But Westfield said police could also use it to find stolen or unregistered vehicles. In a statement, NSW Police said it worked closely with security at Westfield Bondi Junction and utilised their technology “when required”.
Greece slaps new tax on property to cut deficit
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Sept 11, 2011 13:10 EDT
THESSALONIKI, Greece (Reuters) – Greece on Sunday slapped a new tax on real estate to plug a 2011 budget hole, please international lenders and secure a key new loan tranche as concerns mounted in Europe over its euro zone membership.
The European Commission welcomed the measure, just days before EU and IMF inspectors arrive in Athens to hear how the government plans to overcome delays and missed fiscal targets before approving an 8-billion-euro tranche from its 110-billion-euro bailout, key to Greece’s survival.
Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos said the cabinet agreed the measure to raise about 2 billion euros missing from the government’s coffers and to meet the 2011 budget deficit target, estimated at around 8.1 percent of GDP.
“It’s the only measure that can be applied immediately and produce results quickly because it does not depend on the tax-collecting mechanism,” he told reporters, adding the levy would be collected through electricity bills.
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Charlie Sheen’s “winning” ways get roasted on TV
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Sep 11, 2011 02:05 EDT
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – He may have looked like he was “winning,” but actor Charlie Sheen took it on the chin on Saturday night at a Comedy Central TV roast where his sex life, drug use and talent drew punches — and punch lines.
Sheen, once TV’s highest paid actor on the comedy series “Two and a Half Men” before he was fired in March by the CBS network, has seen numerous ups and downs in recent years.
He was arrested on charges of assaulting his former wife Brooke Mueller, who turned out for the Comedy Central roast. He saw his drug and alcohol use make headlines around the world. And after his firing, Sheen went on a public rant against his old bosses.
The actor, 46, posted videos of himself online saying he had “tiger blood” and was always “winning” against rivals. He dated two women at one time he called his goddesses, and some onlookers wondered if he had become mentally unstable.
“This is hard. How do you roast a meltdown?” joked comedian Jeffrey Ross, dressed in military costume to look like a caricature of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.
“How much blow can Charlie Sheen do?” asked former “Saturday Night Live” comedian Jon Lovitz, “Enough to kill ‘Two and a Half Men.’”
Rocker Slash ushered Sheen onto the Comedy Central stage, and host Seth MacFarlane introduced the roasters — an odd mix of celebrities including Ross, Lovitz, actor William Shatner, actress Kate Walsh, “Jackass” stuntman Steve-O and former world heavyweight champion boxer Mike Tyson.
While many of the jokes used language too strong for print, as is typical of these programs, the roasting of Sheen was fairly lukewarm compared to others.
Through it all, the actor, dressed in a gray suit and red tie, sat in his chair and took the hits, mostly laughing, sometimes rolling his eyes.
“It’s true I’ve hung around a lot of shady characters,” Sheen said when he took the microphone for his turn to speak, “but to have you all here on one night is really special.”
The Comedy Central roast airs on September 19.
(Reporting by Bob Tourtellotte; Editing by Will Dunham)
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