|Aquino to seek money
and jobs at US talks
MANILA (AFP) - Philippine
President Benigno Aquino flies to the US tomorrow seeking
money and jobs for his country in the wake of a bloody
hostage fiasco that has tainted his leadership.
Aquino hopes to hold talks with US President Barack Obama
and is scheduled to attend the UN General Assembly during a
six-day trip which he sees as a chance to bolster the global
appeal of the struggling southeast Asian nation.
His government, in power for just 80 days, was put in the
harsh glare of live global television last month after a
bungled police rescue that left eight Hong Kong tourists and
a hostage-taker dead.
“This incident will not define this administration,”
Aquino said as he received the findings of an official
inquiry into the fiasco that called for sanctions against a
dozen named people.
Most of his week-long trip will be devoted to meeting
businessmen to persuade more of them to plough their money
into the Philippines and create jobs, he said.
“We are not talking a hundred, two hundred jobs. We are
not even talking a thousand. We are talking more than that,”
One in three Filipinos are considered poor, and the
government said earlier this month that it is now in serious
trouble of missing key “millennium development goals” set in
a UN summit in 2000, including halving poverty.
Chief aide Paquito Ochoa said Aquino was mindful of the need
to avoid extravagances on his visit to the United States.
The president will take a regular flight to San Francisco
either late today or tomorrow Manila time, then use a
chartered flight to New York, where he will avoid fancy
hotels and stick to modest restaurants.
“We are conscious of the fact that we are in a debt hole.
We can only begin to climb out of if we strictly implement
austerity measures and cut down on unnecessary spending,”
Executive Secretary Ochoa said.
Elected to office by a resounding landslide and enjoying
among the highest trust ratings ever for any Philippine
leader, Aquino seemed as though he could do no wrong when
sworn in on June 30.
The son of the late democracy icon Corazon Aquino had
pledged a fresh start and a clean government, saying the
corruption that eats up a fifth of the national budget alone
is the main cause of widespread poverty.
However, the tone of his US visit would be different from
that of his late mother, who was treated as a heroine for
ending the Ferdinand Marcos dictatorship, when she addressed
a joint session of the US Congress in 1987.
Research analyst Erwin Balita of Manila-based SB Equities
told AFP the hostage fiasco has not so far impacted on the
decision-making of investors in the Philippines, with share
prices rising to record highs last week.
“They (new governments) are allowed a certain grace
period to make the transformation, so investors are allowing
that window to reform the system,” Balita said.
“He said he will clean up the bureaucracy, remove
corruption. That is one good selling point if he convinces
the US government and businessmen. More aid, trade and
grants could come to the country because of that,” Balita
The Philippine economy grew at its fastest pace in over
20 years in the first half of the year, with a 7.9 percent
expansion, while the jobless rate eased to 6.9 percent and
inflation stayed low.
However, a million Filipinos leave the country every year to
try and find work abroad, and the government is struggling
to shore up finances hurt by graft and meagre tax
falling, but not fast enough: UNICEF
(AFP) - The number of children who die before reaching their
fifth birthday has fallen by a third in the past two
decades, but there are still more than eight million deaths
each year, UNICEF said.
And the deaths are increasingly concentrated in India,
Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Pakistan and China.
According to latest estimates by a UN Children’s Fund
offshoot, the number of under-five deaths decreased from
12.4 million per year in 1990 to 8.1 million in 2009. The
global under-five mortality rate has dropped in that time
from 89 deaths per 1,000 live births to 60.
UNCEF said this means that 12,000 fewer children are dying
each day around the world compared to 1990.
But it added that “the tragedy of preventable child deaths
continues. Some 22,000 children under five still die each
day, with some 70 percent of these deaths occurring in the
first year of the child’s life.”
The highest child mortality rates are in sub-Saharan
Africa, where one in eight children dies before their fifth
birthday -- nearly 20 times the average for developed
regions (1 in 167). Southern Asia has the second highest
rate, with about one in 14 children dying before reaching
But about half of the early child deaths around the world
are now in India, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo,
Pakistan and China.
And the speed of the decrease will not be fast enough to
meet the Millennium Development Goal of cutting under five
deaths by 2015, UNICEF said. Child mortality will be one of
the key goals discussed at a major UN summit in New York
alert after top
politician killed in London
|KARACHI (AFP) - A Pakistani politician killed in London
is thought to have been the victim of a politically
Scotland Yard’s counter-terrorism unit, SO15, has taken over
the investigation into Imran Farooq’s murder.
Karachi went on alert braced for possible violence, as
businesses ground to a halt after the killing in London of
thr leading politician exiled in Britain.
Farooq, a founding member of Pakistan’s Muttahida Qaumi
Movement (MQM), a major political force in Karachi, was
found with head injuries and stab wounds outside his home in
north London. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani condemned what
his office called 50-year-old Farooq’s “assassination”.
Streets in Karachi were largely empty as MQM declared 10
days of mourning and scrapped birthday celebrations for its
leader, Altaf Hussain, who is also based in Britain.
US says arms
deals serve ‘national interest’
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Big arms deals to countries like Saudi
Arabia and Israel are in the “national interest” of the US
as Washington seeks to keep the region stable and counter
potential threats from Iran, a US diplomat said.
State Department spokesman Philip Crowley had no specific
comment on what officials said this week will be the largest
ever US arms
‘marginalised’ says Pope
Police probe alleged threat to Pontiff’s UK visit
LONDON - Pope Benedict XVI has warned that religion - and
Christianity in particular - was “being marginalised” around
His comments came in his keynote speech to UK MPs, senior
members of British society, and religious leaders at
Westminster Hall in central London.
Pope Benedict XVI warned that there were some people who
wanted to see “the voice of religion be silenced.”
He returned to the subject in a service at Westminster
Abbey, asking Christians to speak out about their faith.
A BBC correspondent described the speech at Westminster Hall
as “a rallying call, and a plea - for religion not to be
squeezed out by secular society.”
The Pope was speaking as a sixth man was arrested as
counter-terrorism detectives investigate an alleged threat
to Pope Benedict XVI’s visit.
In his speech at Westminster Hall, the Pope called on those
in attendance to seek ways to promote faith “at every level
of national life.”
He added: “I cannot but voice my concern at the increasing
marginalisation of religion, particularly of Christianity,
that is taking place in some quarters, even in nations which
place a great emphasis on tolerance.
“There are those who would advocate that the voice of
religion be silenced, or at least relegated to the purely
“There are those who argue that the public celebration of
festivals such as Christmas should be discouraged, in the
questionable belief that it might somehow offend those of
other religions or none.”- BBC
Riding high: new plane ‘saddle’ would pack in passengers
LOS ANGELES (AFP) - A new design for economy class
airline seating gives a new meaning to the term “cattle
class” -- as passengers would sit on saddle-type seats, even
closer to the person in front than now.
The ‘SkyRider’ design, unveiled at a trade fair in Long
Beach, California, may appeal to budget airlines around the
world eager to save valuable extra inches in the back end of
The new seats would decrease the pitch, or distance, between
seats to 58 cm or less, compared to an average of 70 cm,
said Italian company Aviointeriors in a statement.
“With a much reduced seat pitch, the SkyRider preserves a
comfortable position for the low fare passengers,” said the
company as the new seats were presented at the Aircraft
Interiiors Expo Americas trade fair.
The SkyRider “is intended as a new basic class. The
passenger’s seating position is similar to that of a touring
motor-scooter rider,” it added.
“This posture permits that the overall longitudinal space
occupied by the seat with the seated passenger is far less
than that of a conventional, very high-density 28 inch
economy class seat.”
Irish budget airline Ryanair’s publicity-friendly boss
Michael O’Leary has suggested he would even be prepared to
introduce standing-room only sections in his planes,
although this would likely be banned by European safety
“We understand that some airline companies would even want
to go for a Stand-Up Cabin,” said Aviointeriors.
“The SkyRider has been designed and engineered to offer the
possibility to even further reduce ticket prices while still
maintaining sound profitability, which, even with a dual or
three class seating arrangement, will allow maximum
certified passenger capacity of the aircraft.”
|New death sparks fresh protests in
SRINAGAR (AFP) - Thousands of residents
of Kashmir poured on to the streets yesterday after the
death of another protester in a wave of anti-India unrest
that has gripped the region for three months.
Protesters chanted “we want freedom!” and “Indians go back,”
witnesses said in a wave of public anger over the death in
Srinigar of the young demonstrator, which brought the
overall death toll since the violence began in June to 98.
India earlier deployed soldiers on some streets of Kashmir
to restore order, as three more people were shot dead by
security forces during violent demonstrations.
Troops were spotted on a key road in the main city of
Srinagar that leads to the high-security airport, an AFP
reporter said, while residents also reported seeing soldiers
in central Budgam and northern Baramulla villages.
The army was last mobilised to assist the police and
paramilitary forces in July and the latest measure has
angered separatists who resent any moves heightening the
sense of occupation in the disputed Himalayan region.
|Quotes of the week
|best quotes of the week from around the world:
“This is a situation I had thought Europe would not have to
witness again after the Second World War,” EU Justice
Commissioner Viviane Reding of Luxembourg, condemning the
French crackdown on Roma gypsies.
-- Reding declared she was “appalled by a situation which
gave the impression that people are being removed from a
member state of the European Union just because they belong
to a certain ethnic minority.”
“These words were profoundly hurtful”
French President Nicolas Sarkozy reacting to Reding’s
comments at an EU summit in Brussels.
SHOCK AND SADNESS
“The revelations were for me a shock and a great sadness...
The authorities in the Church have not been vigilant enough”
Pope Benedict XVI speaking to journalists on the issue of
paedophile priests on the plane taking him to Britain for a
“You can’t starve the entire population. They are trying to
give us collective punishment.”
-- Ajaz Rasool, a retired government official from Srinagar,
complains about a strict curfew imposed in all major cities
in the disputed region due to three months of mounting
“If you are concerned with the people’s livelihood, then
show some sympathy -- kill corrupt officials and local
-- Message on Direct Line to Zhongnanhai, a website set up
for Chinese citizens to express their views to top leaders.
“As Americans, we will not and never will be at war with
Islam. It was not a religion that attacked us that September
day. It was Al Qaeda, a sorry band of men, which perverts
-- President Barack Obama marking the ninth anniversary of
the September 11 attacks.
“I want to send a message to Muslims in France and Europe.
The niqab has no basis in Islam. I used to feel dismayed
when I saw some of the sisters (in France) wearing the
niqab. This does not give a good impression of Islam.”
-- Abdel Muti Al Bayyumi, a leading cleric at Egypt’s
prestigious Al-Azhar Mosque, applauds France’s ban on the
face veil worn by some devout Muslim women, saying the niqab
harms Islam’s image.
“The civilians killed by our soldiers’ fire... were not
involved in any terrorist operation.”
-- Brigadier General Ayal Eisenberg, head of the Israeli
army’s Gaza division, admitting the killing of three
Palestinian civilians, among them an elderly Gazan and his
grandson, was a mistake.- AFP
|A graphic showing the
distribution of the Roma community in Europe
French headdress ban puts
European values under scrutiny
The French senate voted overwhelmingly to ban face-covering
veils such as the Islamic burka on September 14.
The bill passed with a massive majority of 246 in favour
with only one lawmaker voting against.
Women who wear the veil could now face a 150 euro fine or be
forced to attend French citizenship classes.
Anyone caught forcing someone to wear a burka could be fined
30,000 euros and spend a year in prison if found guilty.
When the bill was approved by the national assembly last
July, it enjoyed similar unanimity, with only one person
voting against it.
The veil ban has ignited a heated debate on cultural respect
in France and greater Europe with the latest legislature
being mainly perceived as an act against the growing Muslim
population in the continent.
There is a chance the ban may be ruled unconstitutional by
France’s Constitutional Council or be struck down by the
European Court of Human Rights.
However, the law is written in a way that tries to avoid
these challenges. It does not mention the words veil or
burka. It simply states that no one may cover their face,
unless “required or authorised” to do so by law.
A census found earlier this year that 82% of Frenchmen
agreed on the ban while 17% did not.
The French government claimed that it supported the ban
for reasons of gender equality, dignity of person and
organised community life.
Debate prevails over whether Muslim women in Europe adopt
the burka due to pressure from their community or as an
informed choice. Either way the French government argues
that women who wear the body covering burka are dehumanised.
However, human rights groups like Amnesty International
condemned the new law claiming that it violates freedom of
expression and religion.
France’s move is part of a rapidly growing trend across
Europe reflecting dissatisfaction with the growing
prominence of Islam in the Continent.
While Muslims make up only a small percentage of the
population in Western Europe, there is growing resentment
among Europeans towards what is perceived as extremist
ideology often linked with the religion.
A Financial Times survey in March showed that in the UK,
Italy, Spain and Germany, a majority support a burka ban.
Full facial veils known as niqabs or burqas - are extremely
rare in Europe, but the number of women wearing them is
rising. No exact figures exist, but estimates put the totals
at about 2,000 in France and a few hundred in Belgium.
Promoters of a ban denounce the veils as a threat to public
security, an affront to women’s dignity, a negation of
gender equality or an intrusion of religion on public life.
Concern over radical Islamism getting a foothold in Europe
has been a concern in recent years. France has not been
alone in its attempts to bring about laws to curtail the
spread of Islamic dress. Last May the Belgian lower house of
parliament unanimously passed a law to ban the burqa.
Belgium’s Muslim population stands at about 400,000 – or
roughly 4 percent of the total and only a few thousand women
are estimated to wear the Islamic dress.
The latest controversy comes in the wake of an increased
anti Islamic sentiment across the Atlantic in the US.
This year’s 9/11 anniversary of the attacks on New York were
marred by threats by a Christian pastor in Florida to burn
copies of the Holy Quran.
American public opinion has been even more polarised by the
proposed construction of an Islamic centre near the ground
zero site in New York.
Since the 9/11 attacks, Europe has also been witnessing
an increased level of violence perpetrated by Islamic
The 9/11 plotters were later discovered to have belong to a
terrorist cell that operated from Hamburg, Germany.
In later years, Madrid train bombings that killed nearly 200
people were carried out by Al Qaeda, so was the London
subway bombing. In the case of London, all four attackers
were British Muslims who had been born and raised in that
It was a wakeup call on Europe that they have a serious
problem of radicalising in the Islamic communities.
This has been a difficult prospect for many governments and
citizens in Europe to come to terms with.
Europeans and their leaders have been comfortable under
the notion that terrorism, especially of elements that
profess Islamic views would emanate from the Middle East or
Afghanistan or such distant countries rather than have home
grown extremists wishing to destroy Europe from within.
The fact that many in their own communities have got
radicalised into attacking their fellow citizens started a
fear psychosis in Europe that was championed by the many
right wing political parties that have been traditionally
for tougher immigration controls.
Soon after the head dress ban, the French government was
once again on the firing line, this time for its expulsion
of illegal immigrants, mainly from Eastern Europe. Thousands
of Romania’s Roma, also known as Gypsies, have been moving
to France and several other western European nations in the
wake of the economic hardships in their own countries.
The European Union’s latest expansion in 2007 brought in the
relatively poor nations of Romania and have renewed concern
that the poor, traveling far from home in search of work,
will become a burden on wealthier countries.
President Nicolas Sarkozy of France vowed to keep
dismantling immigrant camps and angrily rejected complaints
from European Commission officials that the French
authorities were illegally singling out Roma for
In recent weeks, Sarkozy has tried to revive his support on
the political right by deporting thousands of them, offering
300 euros, to those who go home voluntarily, and bulldozing
The European Commission has threatened legal action
against Paris over the deportation, calling it disgraceful
Europe has long been an oasis for liberal ideology.
The unprecedented peace and stability witnessed in the
continent for the past 65 years is mainly attributed to this
liberal value system.
However, recent events in Europe, especially increasing
paranoia against its Islamic population, hardening stance
against immigrants and intolerance towards ethnic minorities
have exposed the underlying weaknesses in Europe.
Economic difficulties in recent years have exacerbated these
Legislature such as the banning of head dresses that
would be perceived as actions against the Islamic community
and the general intolerance of ethnic minorities will create
greater divisions in Europe which can threaten its stability
and hard achieved prosperity.
|Iran leads nuclear
drive in the Middle East
CAIRO (AFP) - Egypt’s
plan to build four nuclear powerplants by 2025 underscores
the emerging interest in atomic energy across the Middle
East, where even oil-rich nations such as Kuwait and the UAE
are eyeing fossil fuel alternatives to satisfy growing
In the region and beyond all eyes are on Iran, which says it
is firing up its first nuclear reactor before the end of
this year, becoming the first Muslim country in the Middle
East to produce nuclear energy.
The announcement that the Russian-built Bushehr reactor in
southern Iran will start up in October or November rang
alarm bells in the region and beyond.
Iran’s neighbours and world powers largely suspect that
behind its claimed drive to acquire atomic energy for
peaceful purposes, Tehran’s anti-Western government is
hiding a covert atomic weapons programme.
Though wary of Iran, Middle Eastern states want to harness
nuclear energy more out of necessity than competition with
Iran, some analysts and officials say.
“It is a matter of energy,” said Mostafa el-Feki, who heads
the Egyptian parliament’s foreign relations committee and
who was Egypt’s ambassador to Austria and its representative
at the International Atomic Energy Agency.
He said Egypt has a scientific base for nuclear energy:
“When I was ambassador to Vienna, we used to have nearly 10
Egypt, which has flirted with nuclear power since the 1950s,
is also planning solar and wind plants, with the target of
producing 20 percent of its energy from renewable resources
by 2020. Its gas and oil reserves are expected to last three
Cairo said last month that a plant on the Mediterranean
coast of el-Dabaa will be the centrepiece of a plan to build
four nuclear plants by 2025, part of a regional trend away
from conventional energy as demand soars.
Jordan also says the regional drive is fuelled by economic
“The increasing interest in the region in nuclear power is
because of the high oil prices. Countries who don’t have oil
are now looking for other options to generate energy,” said
Jordan’s Atomic Energy Commission chief Khaled Tukan.
This month, Jordan and Japan signed an agreement on civilian
nuclear energy cooperation in the ninth such accord by the
Jordan, which imports about 95 percent of its energy needs,
wants its first nuclear plant to be ready by 2015.
Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the UAE have also expressed
interest in building nuclear power stations.
The UAE, which hopes to start its first plant in 2017 and
already imports natural gas to produce energy, says that
necessity, not regional politics, is behind its nuclear
Its energy demand is projected to increase to 40,000
megawatts by 2020, double its current level. Last year, it
awarded a multi-billion-dollar contract to a South
Korean-led consortium for four nuclear power plants.
Kuwait, the world’s fourth-largest oil exporter, has signed
a nuclear co-operation agreement with Japan, and announced
it intends to build four nuclear reactors over the next 12
|Race on to find Bosnian war victims in
‘mass grave’ lake
|VISEGRAD, Bosnia-Hercegovina (AFP) - Battling constant
rain, a forensics team races against time to find the
remains of Muslim victims of the 1992-1995 Bosnian war in
the bed of an emptied lake.
They have only days left before Lake Perucac, a reservoir
for a hydropower dam in the east of the country, is
In raincoats and rubber boots, the team trudges through the
mud towards a small green flag marking the spot where a
skeleton was found the day before.
“The bones are in fairly good condition. They have probably
been preserved by water and mud,” forensics expert Salih
Also there, barely discernable, is a grey sweater, a pair of
socks and a man’s black shoe. There is no skull, but the
team is pleased to have found a nearly complete skeleton.
One worker writes the name of the area, Donje Stitarevo, and
a file number -- 303 -- on a piece of white paper that is
put next to the remains. They are photographed, and then
exhumed and placed in a white body bag.
Of the more than 330 sets of partial remains found so far,
this is one of the few almost complete ones.
The search of the lake and part of the Drina River, which
marks the border between Serbia and Bosnia, started late
July when water levels dropped to an historic low because of
repairs being carried out on the dam.
From Thursday the lake was to be slowly refilled, its level
rising two metres every two days until a pause at the
eight-metre mark to allow the Missing Persons Institute of
Bosnia to continue its search, being carried out along a
20-km stretch of the river.
Survivors say the bodies of many Muslims from the nearby
town of Visegrad were thrown into the river by Bosnian Serb
forces during their brutal campaign of ethnic cleansing at
the start of the war in 1992.
The Bosnian institute as well as Serbian authorities on the
other side of the border have searched dozens of kilometres
of the river in the past months. But they are under pressure
to pick up the pace before the water level is too high for
them to continue.
“I think we’ll get there if the weather is not too bad,”
said Samir Sabanija, a Bosnian team official.
“This is a very specific type of terrain. We’ve never done
this before and wondered how to start. It is, after all, a
huge mass grave,” he said.
|Right of reply
Japan’s position on
sovereignty over Senkaku Islands
the article entitled ‘Japan concerned over China’s growing
military reach’ published in The Nation newspaper on (World)
page 2 of September 12 in connection with the detention of a
Chinese fishing vessel by Japan, in which the Senkaku
Islands of Japan has been categorised as “disputed waters”,
the Japanese Embassy in Colombo has sent us the following
Japan strongly objects to Senkaku Island being designated as
such, due to the fact that Japan has sovereignty over the
Senkaku Islands. Considering the misinformation published in
these articles and in view of informing your readers of
Japan’s position regarding the same, the Embassy wishes to
inform you of Japan’s inalterable position on the
sovereignty of Senkaku Islands as follows;
1. From 1885 on, surveys of the Senkaku Islands had been
thoroughly made by the Government of Japan through the
agencies of Okinawa Prefecture and by way of other methods.
Through these surveys, it was confirmed that the Senkaku
Islands had been uninhabited and showed no trace of having
been under the control of China. Based on this confirmation,
the Government of Japan made a Cabinet Decision on January
14 1895 to erect a marker on the Islands to formally
incorporate the Senkaku Islands into the territory of Japan.
2. Since then, the Senkaku Islands have continuously
remained as an integral part of the Nansei Shoto Islands
which are the territory of Japan. These islands were neither
part of Taiwan nor part of the Pescadores Islands which were
ceded to Japan from the Qing Dynasty of China in accordance
with Article II of the Treaty of Shimonoseki which came into
effect in May 1895.
3. Accordingly, the Senkaku Islands are not included in the
territory which Japan renounced under Article II of the San
Francisco Peace Treaty. The Senkaku Islands have been placed
under the administration of the United States of America as
part of the Nansei Shoto Islands, in accordance with Article
III of the said treaty, and are included in the area, the
administrative rights over which were reverted to Japan in
accordance with the Agreement Between Japan and the United
States of America Concerning the Ryukyu Islands and the
Daito Islands signed on 17 June 1971. The facts outlined
herein clearly indicates the status of the Senkaku Islands
being part of the territory of Japan.
4. The fact that China expressed no objection to the status
of the Islands being under the administration of the United
States under Article III of the San Francisco Peace Treaty
clearly indicates that China did not consider the Senkaku
Islands as part of Taiwan. It was not until the latter half
of 1970, when the question of the development of petroleum
resources on the continental shelf of the East China Sea
came to the surface, that the Government of China and Taiwan
authorities began to raise questions regarding the Senkaku
I shall be grateful if you would give due consideration to
Japan’s official position whenever reference is made to
Senkaku Islands in your newspapers.
Kaoru Shimazaki, Minister/ Deputy Head of Mission
N Korea may have hit succession snag
SEOUL (AFP) - North Korea may have hit a snag in its move to
annoint Kim Jong-Il’s youngest son as successor, being
forced to delay a key party conference, a government source
in Seoul was quoted as saying yesterday.
The communist state has apparently put off its biggest
political gathering for 30 years due to take place sometime
in the first half of September to elect the “highest leading
body” of the Workers’ Party of Korea.
MI5 chief highlights new threats
LONDON (AFP) - Extremists opposed to Northern Ireland’s
peace process could launch fresh attacks in Britain, the
head of security service MI5 has said, adding that Al Qaeda
still poses a “real threat”.
Jonathan Evans also warned of a growing menace from Somalia
and Yemen and said extremists could try to target the 2012
London Olympics, in a speech delivered this week.
UN seeks $2bn for Pakistan disaster
NEW YORK (AFP) - The UN appealed for a record $2 billion in
emergency aid for the millions of victims of Pakistan’s
The Pakistan floods are “the worst natural disaster the
United Nations has responded to in its 65-year history,” UN
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at the launch of the
appeal. The floods caused by weeks of torrential rain have
left less than 2,000 dead, according to an official toll,
but the UN said the massive surge has exposed more than 20
million people to homelessness, malnutrition, risks of
epidemics and loss of livelihood.
William qualifies as search and rescue pilot
LONDON(AFP) - Britain’s Prince William graduated as a
search and rescue helicopter pilot oand said it would be an
honour to start work at the controls.
The 28-year-old, who is second in line to the throne, will
still carry out royal duties when he is not on the roster.
He graduated from his flying course on Friday and officially
joined 22 Squadron, C Flight, where he will co-pilot Sea
King Mk3 helicopters at the Royal Air Force (RAF) Valley
base on Anglesey, northwest Wales.
Google dismisses engineer
NEW YORK (AFP) - Google said it had dismissed an engineer
for violating the Internet giant’s privacy policies.
“We dismissed David Barksdale for breaking Google’s strict
internal privacy policies,” Bill Coughran, Google senior
vice president of engineering, said in a statement.