To them, it is an honour but…Would you like a monkey named after YOU?
TOKYO (AFP) – A Japanese zoo that caused a furore by naming a baby monkey after Britain’s Princess Charlotte has been told to stick to its guns by the local mayor after two days of fraught debate.
Mount Takasaki Wild Monkey Park in Oita was flooded with complaints after announcing Wednesday that the public had voted for a newborn macaque to be called Charlotte, just days after Britain’s royal family named its newest member.
“Initially opinions were mostly complaints saying it is disrespectful to the British people, then voices supporting the name began to increase, with some saying it was okay because the baby monkey is cute,” an official in Oita, south-western Japan, said.
As the controversy raged online, on television and in the newspapers, local officials even sought the opinion of the British embassy in Tokyo – who offered no comment – before Mayor Kiichiro Sato ended the confusion with a definitive ruling. “I think the public gave it the very pretty name Charlotte, and I don’t think there is any problem with it, so we’ll go with Charlotte,” Mr Sato told reporters. –
A zoo in south-western Japan landed itself in hot water when it named a baby monkey Charlotte, in an ill-advised tribute to the newborn British princess.
The Takasakiyama Natural Zoological Garden, known for its wild macaque monkeys, has since apologised on its website after backlash from the public.
The Japan Times reported that the attraction has a habit of seeking public input in naming the first macaque born each year. Charlotte was apparently the top choice with 59 out of 853 votes, with Kei (after Japanese tennis player Kei Nishikori) and Elsa (a prominent character in the hit animated Disney film Frozen) also considered.
The name was inspired by Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, the second child of Britain’s royal couple Prince William and his wife Kate. She was born on May 2.
The British Board of Film Censors (BBFC) has introduced tougher rules for DVDs sold in shops.
Spanking, caning, penetration by any object “associated with violence”, physical or verbal abuse, physical restraint and female ejaculation were among the acts to be banned from online productions.
Strangulation, face sitting and fisting were also banned, with the BBFC deeming them “life-endangering”.
Sex protest outside UK parliament over porn ‘censorship’
Sex protest outside UK parliament over porn ‘censorship’ http://tinyurl.com/k4qb74u
LONDON – Campaigners in favour of hardcore pornography staged an unusual “face-sitting” protest outside the British parliament on Friday against new rules banning a series of extreme sex acts from online videos.
Around 20 fully clothed couples simulated sex on the lawn in Parliament Square, with women in black leather boots sitting astride the men’s faces.
They were protesting an amendment to the Communications Act requiring video-on-demand online pornography to follow tougher rules, already laid out by the British Board of Film Censors (BBFC) for DVDs sold in shops.
Latex-clad couples in porn protest at UK Parliament
Published: 6:12PM Saturday December 13, 2014 Source: ONE News
Protesters oppose porn censorship in the UK. Photo / AP
Latex-clad protesters have gathered at Britain’s parliament to protest new legislation limiting what sex acts can be performed in UK-made porn.
The sex simulation protest was planned by opponents of a new law banning a list of 10 sex acts in paid-for UK porn, including female ejaculation and spanking.
Britain’s Department of Culture, Media and Sport claims the 2014 Audiovisual Media Services Regulation, introduced on December 1, will crack down on “harmful content”.
But it has been attacked as sexist and an attack on freedom of expression by several campaigners.
About 20 couples gathered to protest the legislation outside Britain’s Parliament today.
Today in central London, an episode of Monty Python leaked out of the BBC Archive: http://www.buzzfeed.com/jimwaterson/are-you-sure-we-can-publish-this-on-the-site …
BRITISH BANKS: PROFIT FIRST, ANYTHING ELSE SECOND!
British banks’ rotten culture has cost them S$78.6 billion in fines and payouts
LONDON (Reuters) – Bad behaviour that has cost British banks £38.5 billion (S$78.6 billion) in fines and compensation over the past 15 years will take a generation to fix, an independent think tank said on Tuesday.
Britain’s banks have been hit by scandals ranging from the attempted manipulation of foreign exchange and benchmark interest rates to the mis-selling of loan insurance and complex interest-rate hedging products.
A report into the culture of British retail banking by think tank New City Agenda and Cass Business School said that an aggressive sales culture took hold over two decades, with some branch staff receiving cash bonuses, iPods or even tickets to the Wimbledon tennis tournament for hitting sales targets.
“A toxic culture which was decades in the making will take a generation to turn around,” said Conservative lawmaker David Davis, chairman of New City Agenda. “At this critical juncture, Britain’s biggest banks cannot afford to let the better treatment of customers become a second-order priority.”
US Justice Department investigating alleged HSBC leak to hedge fund: WSJ
NEW YORK (REUTERS) – The U.S. Justice Department is investigating allegations that an employee of HSBC Holdings leaked confidential client information to a major hedge fund, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people with knowledge of the matter.
The alleged leak is believed to have taken place in March 2010, when HSBC was advising British insurer Prudential on a major acquisition and was working on a related multibillion-dollar currency transaction, the Journal reported.
HSBC helped Prudential sell billions of pounds and buy billions of dollars to finance the insurer’s planned US$35 billion (S$45.6 billion) acquisition of American International Group’s Asian life-insurance unit, the Journal said.
A senior HSBC trader allegedly alerted a trader at hedge fund Moore Capital Management, a prominent New York hedge fund founded by investor Louis Bacon, about the impending transaction, the Journal said.
THIS IS THE SCENE of the five-star Churchill Hyatt Regency Hotel in London after a gas explosion!
Hundreds evacuated and 14 injured after gas explosion at exclusive central London hotel http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/hundreds-evacuated-after-gas-explosion-at-exclusive-central-london-hotel-9877158.html …
Gas explosion: the scene after the blast in Portman Square (Picture: Twitter/@PoliceHour)
Firefighters used specialist equipment to tackle the collapsed buildings, the London Fire Brigade said.
Five people needed hospital treatment and nine others were checked over at the scene and given the all-clear.
Workers from the National Grid were on the scene today trying to pinpoint the cause of the blast.
500 guests evacuated from top London hotel after a gas explosion in the basement, injuring 14.
Hundreds evacuated after huge gas explosion rocks five-star London hotel leaving 14 injured http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/hundreds-evacuated-after-huge-gas-4671776 …
UPDATE: At Least 14 Injured In London Hotel Explosion – http://bit.ly/1z5IQAK
THIS WAS THE HOTEL BEFORE THE BLAST
GOING GREEN IN BRISTOL MEANS CATCHING THE BIO-BUS, DRIVEN BY GAS GENERATED FROM HUMAN WASTE (SHIT, OK?)
First UK bus powered entirely by human waste goes into service in Bath and Bristol http://ind.pn/1F9PuKc
Bus can travel 186 miles on one tank of gas
Two dead, six injured in Chelsea balcony collapse
Two men killed in London balcony collapse believed to be removal men who were moving a sofa http://fw.to/k0JAvFj
Two men have died after a balcony collapsed at an exclusive London address.
Three ambulances, the London Air Ambulance and the LAS Hazardous Area Response Team were called to Cadogan Square in Knightsbridge at just before 10am.
Eight people were injured, including a man who died at the scene. Another man, whose age is also unknown, was taken to a St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington in critical condition where he later died.
The two fatalities are thought to have been removal men, who walked on to the balcony while moving a sofa.
Local MP Greg Hands wrote on Twitter that he had been told that the combined weight of the removal workers may have caused the balcony to collapse.
The scene in Cadogan Square (Nicola Harley)
A London bus explodes throwing debris across a south London street http://bbc.in/1y2T3xg
A London bus has exploded and thrown debris across a south London street.
The blaze happened at the junction of Stafford Road and Sandy Lane in Wallington, at 14:00 GMT on Tuesday.
The driver of the 157 bus pulled over to the side of the road and got the passengers off as smoke emitted from the rear of the bus, police said.
London Ambulance service treated one person for shock. Initial reports indicated the fire was not suspicious, the Metropolitan Police said.
“There was an explosion on the bus which threw debris from the bus across the road,” the Met added.
Counter-terrorism police have arrested three men and three women from Portsmouth, Farnborough and London on suspicion of plotting, or helping to plot, terrorism abroad.
A 23-year-old woman from Farnborough and a 29-year-old woman from Greenwich, London, were arrested under section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000 on suspicion of commission, preparation and instigation of acts of terrorism. Two of the men, aged 26 and 23, both from Portsmouth, were arrested on the same grounds.
A 48-year-old woman and a 57-year-old man from Portsmouth were arrested on suspicion of failing to disclose information about acts of terrorism. The man is also suspected of the preparation of terrorist acts and of arranging money and property for use in terrorism.
Video: London cabbies block streets to denounce local regulator
London cabbies demo against illegal apps pic.twitter.com/UOYVICPuMs
@Kriegsson: Muslim Pedo Rape Gang Busted http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2697778/Asian-gang-jailed-23-years-six-month-campaign-sex-offences-against-teenage-girl.html … pic.twitter.com/EA5m5vz5mj” Another gang of raping muslim pakistani pedos!!
ANOTHER MUSLIM Majority EIGHT MEN Raping Scum Gang (taking after their pedo prophet.
#islam http://kafircrusaders.wordpress.com/2014/09/08/muslim-majority-grooming-gang-charged-in-bucks/ … pic.twitter.com/91PzyVr0xO
ANOTHER TWENTY FIVE Kids messed up by pedo muslim rapists, seems t uk couldn’t give a hoot http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2749492/Twenty-five-grooming-victims-come-forward-Rotherham-sex-abuse-report-published.html … pic.twitter.com/j8sGFpm8lk
Birmingham, UK – Woman assaults driver in road rage row – surely someone can identify her from these images? http://dailym.ai/1v2Jeyc
Shocking moment woman is assaulted in violent road rage row
Published on Sep 20, 2014
Shocking moment woman jumps out of a car, grabs another driver by her hair and violently assaults her in road rage row over parking Young woman assaulted her 44-year-old victim in unprovoked attack Threw her aggressively to the ground twice as pedestrians looked on Attacker had been parked in the middle of the road and reacted angrily when she was asked how long she would be.
This shocking moment shows how a woman grabbed an innocent motorist by the hair and violently assaulted her in the street in the middle of the day after a road rage row over parking.
The attacker, described as a white woman in her early 20s, storms angrily over to her unsuspecting victim before throwing her down into a box of fruit in front of a grocery store.
The assailant then holds her down and shouts at her, before pushing her hard onto the kerb when she tries to escape.
The woman continues to harass her 44-year-old victim when she finally gets to her feet, while a group of people watch on without stepping in.
Muslim Pedo Rape Gang Busted http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2697778/Asian-gang-jailed-23-years-six-month-campaign-sex-offences-against-teenage-girl.html … … pic.twitter.com/9JfASv4q0N
Asian grooming gang detectives hunt for FORTY more men who may have had sex with underage girls
Judge says gang preyed on five girls, aged between 13 and 15, partly because they were from different ‘community and religion’.
Nine men jailed for a total of 77 years as police prepare to arrest four more.
Judge Gerald Clifton dismisses defendants’ claims that prosecution was ‘triggered by race’ after ringleader brands him a ‘racist b******
As many as 47 vulnerable girls were plied with alcohol, gifts and money.
They were then passed around for sex with ‘several men a day.
At least one victim forced to have sex with 20 men in one night, police say