British chef Keith Floyd dies at age 65

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

British chef Keith Floyd has died at the age of 65 after a heart attack in Dorset, England.

Keith Floyd was best known for his cookery programmes, particularly on British television channel BBC, although he has also featured on shows on ITV. He was arguably most popular for his Floyd on series, with shows like Floyd on Food, Floyd on Spain, Floyd on Italy etc. He also presented Floyd on GMTV in 1998. Keith had been presenting programmes from 1984 to 2001.

On July 29, it was reported that Floyd had been diagnosed with bowel cancer in June. After undergoing five serious operations, 90% of the cancer was removed. He later had chemotherapy. He died on Monday of a heart attack in his partner’s house in Dorset, England.

Famous chefs around the world have been expressing their sadness for his death and made comments about him to British newspaper, The Guardian. Among them was Rick Stein, who said, “I first met Keith in the early 80s. He used to come to the restaurant regularly and knew Padstow well because his first wife came from Port Isaac. At a time when I was experimenting with Provençal dishes like Bouillabaisse and Bourride he was a Gauloise-smoking, red wine drinking hero who had actually owned a restaurant next to the Mediterranean. One thing was certain — he cooked like a dream and loved food and wine with a passion.”

Other cooks such as Michel Roux, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Heston Blumenthal expressed condolences. Gordon Ramsay stated, “Keith Floyd was a true original. A natural performer and a superb cook, he broke new ground with his programmes and his contribution to television cookery was immense.”

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Marco Pierre White stated that, “A little piece of Britain died yesterday which will never be replaced. He was an individual, he was a maverick, he was mercurial, he was magical, he was special, he was rare.”

Keith Floyd died on September 14, the same day a documentary was broadcast on Channel 4 called Keith Meets Keith, which featured comedian Keith Allen interviewing Keith Floyd. It emerged that his death was just a few hours beforehand, however the information was unknown at the time of broadcast.

Celia Martin, who was staying with Floyd at the time of his death, gave an interview with London local newspaper Evening Standard.

“When we got home he had a siesta and got up feeling a bit headachy. We had both eaten a lot so I put it down to that. He laid down on the sofa and I thought he went to sleep. Then suddenly his breathing became erratic,” Martin said. “I phoned for an ambulance and the operator gave me instructions on how to help him. He didn’t say anything at all. The ambulance people were here for about an hour. They thought there was a chance they could save him. It was so bizarre, we were sitting down to watch the documentary at 10pm but by that time he had died.”

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Wikinews interviews Tatsuhisa Yabushita of NBGI

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Many rhythm gamers are anticipating the release of Taiko no Tatsujin 11: Asian Version”, the Namco Bandai Games Inc. (NBGI) beta version of which was recently showcased at the 2008 Taipei Game Show.

In fact, several managers from amusement stores in Taiwan frequently imported large quantities of arcade games, including rhythm games. Eventually, some slot machine developers modified codes from several game consoles like the Wii, PlayStation 2 (PS2), and Sega Saturn to fulfill needs for amusement arcades, but they risked hardware failure and copyright infringement.

But before those modifications happened in Taiwan, many rhythm games just used songs from other arcade machines due to copyright issues from enrolled songs.

The upcoming game will benefit Mandarin-language gamers after its release, but it may hide some secrets behind the development of “Taiko no Tatsujin 11: Asian Version”. Wikinews reporter Rico Shen recently interviewed the producer of “Taiko no Tatsujin” Tatsuhisa Yabushita to talk about some of the background of this upcoming game and its series.

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Bollywood stars Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan engaged

Monday, January 15, 2007

This article features in a News Brief from Audio Wikinews:

Legendary Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan has confirmed that his son Abhishek and former Miss World Aishwarya Rai were engaged last evening at a private ceremony at the Bachchans’ residence in Mumbai.

It is believed that the younger Bachchan proposed to his bride-to-be in New York, soon after the Toronto premiere of his new movie Guru. The media had been following the romance between the two closely for some time past, but this is the first time they have come out in the open about their relationship. Rumours that the couple were planning to spread the know began to spread in November last year, when they visited the Sankat Mochan Temple together, with some even saying that they had already been married even earlier at the Meenakshi temple in Madurai

According to one daily, the wedding will take place either on February 19 or March 7 at the Hyatt Mumbai. “The children have decided. We are very happy and thought we should go ahead with the ‘roka’ ceremony. It was held in the evening.”, Amitabh Bachchan said of the ceremony, which was attended by the family’s close friends, including Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh, Aishwarya’s parents, and industrialist Anil Ambani and the latter’s wife Tina Ambani. The couple have now flown to Ujjain to take a holy dip in the Ganga.

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Man charged with attempted murder in £40 million London jewel heist

Sunday, September 6, 2009

24-year-old Aman Kassaye, of no fixed abode, is to face a charge of attempted murder for his alleged role in an armed robbery that netted £40 million ($65 million) worth of jewelry from a London store.

Kassaye is the seventh man to be charged, and is also facing prosecution for conspiracy to rob the Graff store in New Bond Street, false imprisonment, and using a handgun to resist arrest. He will appear at Wimbledon magistrates court on Monday.

The other six men have already been remanded in custody until October 23, when they will appear at Kingston Crown Court. All are facing charges of conspiracy to rob, and two of them are also charged with a firearms offense.

43 diamond rings, watches, and bracelets were taken from the store. The theft occurred when two armed and suited men walked in and took an employee hostage. It has been reported they used prosthetic masks made from liquid latex but police have not confirmed this. Amateur footage also shows a shot was fired. No-one was injured.

The robbery is one of the biggest the United Kingdom has seen. After the crime a string of getaway vehicles was used, with police believing several more offenders assisted with this stage of the plan. Although The Telegraph claims no stolen property has yet been recovered, this is also unconfirmed by police.

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China Already Have 142 Million People Who Purchase Online

By Himfr Paul

Since 2008 international financial crisis in China since the impact, constantly improve economic growth momentum structure, make up the economy to maintain good posture, market-driven consumption, investment and export jointly stimulate economic growth pattern initially formed.

Benban today launched a series of reports in China, consuming, promote private investment and export structure adjustment. We feel is coming from the economic development mode change, feel the speed stability and sustainable economic growth.

After the National Day, work for a newspaper in Beijing, the ChenXiaoJing BanZhi, in the home residence unknowingly bought thousands of yuan.

Nowadays, our country like shopping on the Internet as ChenXiaoJing 1.42 billion, number has reached the equivalent of the British population twice.

According to the Internet consultancy analysis international, China’s online retail sales during the first half of the 2010 market size of 2133 billion yuan, is already close to the mofcom issued by the year 2009 2586 billion yuan. Fast growth, also can be in the data from a peep spot, the leopard – 117% knowledge from 2007 until 2009 China network retail turnover, with an average annual growth rate is total retail sales of consumer goods with an average annual growth rate of 6.5 times. In recent years, China’s e-commerce has grown rapidly and become the important power consumption market in China.

By 2010, jan.7 network model will drive 9.8 billion yuan of consumer market

With the popularization of Internet users, and payment system, increase the continuous improvement of the credit system, network shopping mature, change the social consumption mode, changing people’s consumption habits.

“In online shopping, don’t go out, through the electronic bank to pay, door-to-door delivery, the transaction, very convenient.” ChenXiaoJing said 2009; she spent on average monthly buys some 800 yuan.

But, goods and complete, “almost no goods is not on the network. ChenXiaoJing regrets. Now the Internet commodity has reached over billions of tangible goods, except the intangible service, also can buy insurance from buys housing rental, from the water to pay to the phone.

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In addition, due to omit storefront lease fees, sales channels, many commodities prices on the network to low hypostatic store. Joyo/Amazon from the data also shows that large electrical goods directly over the Internet to buy can let consumer saving 10-30%.

But with the rise of the Internet, jan.7 mode price advantage is got unprecedented, 39 yuan to buy two tickets for a movie with popcorn and two bottles of beverage, 1 fold eat dinner… According to the forecast, 2010 network group will 9.8 billion yuan mode of the consumer market.

The Chinese academy of social sciences research center, information JiangJiPing secretary-general of that buys goods, in early stage, mainly displays in extrusion profits, later in provides consumers with diversity, personalized choices, promote the transformation of production.

It was revealed that two three areas are rising rapidly, buys the market have dominated the market of China buys deodorants. Experts say, this means that the network shopping this express by city fashion crowd engine has been replaced by horsepower stronger mass market.

“China’s e-commerce market after ten years has entered into the thin hair well-grounded. The future will also have more rapid growth.” Main network clothing sales ecommerce every guest WuSheng vice President expressed sincere products.

Per capita consumption of Internet, e-commerce buys growing as new domestic demand

So, to the businessman, China’s e-commerce boom researches on foot?

Just a minute, the results show that, at least, can sell 969 dresses, 203 shoes, 164 ornaments… One day, the volume of high “to” touch 9 billion yuan.

At the same time, the per capita consumption of netizens buys ceaselessly. Shanghai consumer 2009 in taobao per capita consumption of 1300 yuan. But the Internet counseling agencies aeryn survey, 2009 in China’s e-commerce users, nearly two year accumulative amount into user buys more than 5,000 yuan.

China buys JiangJiPing potential is tremendous, that the development of mobile Internet and 4.2 million Internet users, especially young Internet users into business consumption stage will promote buys continue to grow.

This potential consumer market, incremental already more and more get the favour of traditional enterprise, many enterprises have to “nets amphibious assault”, or authorized by official flagship store form appearance, each network platform of retail.

B2C website also showed the trend, the rapid growth of cluster data display, 2009 new B2C sites and 2010, 4000, the number of new enterprises B2C will reach 10,000. These sites of promoting consumption growth cannot small gaze.

In addition, the farmers across emerging online venture “fire”. According to the introduction, hebei xingtai is GaoZhuang east village 400 villagers, has opened shop sells cashmere line with annual sales in 100 thousand yuan of above reached more than 20. Such examples and jiangsu, zhejiang yiwu market sand QingYan liu village, etc, these places has gradually formed by peasants online community.

Domestic strategy is not “disregard” buys potential

By 2010, China’s Internet shopping transactions during the first half of total retail sales of consumer has nearly 3%. However, China’s Internet shopping turnover has not yet been fully into the total retail sales of consumer to consumer buys statistics, pull rate, statistical methods are still study.

However, this number is 3% compared with the developed countries are still quite gap, the Chinese academy of social sciences research data display information research center: early in 2007, the American market in the retail market buys the proportion of 3.72% for, the UK is 4.5%, South Korea 8.65% up.

But in the electronic commerce expert, Beijing is looking at LvBo President consulting company, at present, automobile, grain, fruit and vegetable etc, are rarely buys sales network of sales clothing shoes and hats bags, digital products and consumer products such as fashion products, consumer buys the economy far exceed 3%.

JiangJiPing that e-commerce will through three stages, in social consumer buys now also is added stage, will gradually developed into the neck with the entity economy, after stage, further development will lead to the stage, leading and drive.

Experts point out that, China’s online retail trade; domestic national strategy should be fully considered starting at this point.

From the policy, the central and local governments to significantly increased the importance of e-commerce. In March 2010, premier wen jiabao in 2010 government work report highlights: “actively develop e-commerce”. This is the “e-commerce” first appeared in the country’s government work report in many provinces, positive response.

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