Gadhafis have $2 billion in assets in Canada Toronto Sun
Libyan Leader Moammar Gadhafi and his family moved as much as $2 billion into accounts with Canadian banks after a 2004 visit by then prime minister Paul Martin, a government source has confirmed to QMI Agency. The Stephen Harper government moved independently to freeze all assets controlled by the Gadhafis in Canada over the weekend, in concert with the UN, which imposed a number of international sanctions against the regime.
Gaddafi in bid to reassert control Al Jazeera
Muammar Gaddafi, Libya’s embattled leader, is defying mounting calls to step down and has instead dispatched forces to several far-flung regions in a bid to reassert his control that has been threatened by the uprising sweeping the North African nation. Barely 12 hours after the United States said it was moving warships and air forces closer to Libya, Gaddafi’s forces re-asserted their presence at the Dehiba border crossing in the country’s west on Tuesday, decorating the border post with green Libyan flags. Reporters on the Tunisian side saw Libyan army vehicles and soldiers armed with Kalashnikov rifles. The previous day, there was no Libyan security presence at the border crossing. Residents of Nalut, about 60km from the Tunisian border, also reported seeing paramilitary forces massing outside the city.
Huge crowds in Yemen as Saleh blames West for unrest Washington Post
Massive crowds rallied in cities across Yemen Tuesday as opposition parties joined street demonstrators to quickly reject embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s offer to form a unity government. Saleh, in a speech to the faculty of Sanaa University, accused Washington and Tel Aviv of orchestrating the wave of unrest currently sweeping through the region: “[T]here is an operation room in Tel Aviv with the aim of destabilizing the Arab world,” the longtime ruler said. “It is all run by the White House.”
Gordon Brown ‘blocked knighthood’ for Steve Jobs Telegraph
Gordon Brown blocked an honorary knighthood for Apple founder Steve Jobs, it has emerged. The then-Prime Minister refused to knight Mr Jobs in 2009 because he turned down an invitation to speak at the Labour Party conference, a former senior Labour MP said. Mr Jobs was put forward for the honour by the MP for services to technology. Apple is credited with revolutionising the industry in recent years with its iPhone and iPad devices, which have unleashed a boom in mobile internet usage.
Who owns Betty Boop? Cartoon Brew
Apparently the Fleischer estate has lost a court battle for the rights to Betty Boop, a character created by Grim Natwick at Max Fleischer’s studio in 1930. Fleischer Studios has been co-licensing (with King Features) the property (along with Pudgy, Grampy, Binmbo and Ko-Ko the Clown) for several decades now. The Fleischer Studio tried to sue Avela Inc. over its licensing of public domain Betty Boop poster images (for handbags and T-shirts). The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals (based in San Francisco) ruled against the Fleischers, saying in their decision, “If we ruled that AVELA’s depictions of Betty Boop infringed Fleischer’s trademarks, the Betty Boop character would essentially never enter the public domain.”
World’s First Eye-controlled Laptop Presented At CeBIT 2011 ITProPortal
Computer manufacturer Lenovo has partnered with Swedish startup Tobii Technology to launch the world’s first eye controlled laptop which will be on display as from today at CeBIT in Hannover. The prototype is a fully functional model and according to the manufacturer provides with a more intuitive interface as it relies on the human eyes to point, select and scroll and complements, rather than replace, existing control interfaces. Henrik Eskilsson, CEO of Tobii Technology, says that it is only a matter of years before the technology becomes an integral part of the average computer as the tracking technology is mature enough and only needs to be miniaturised and mass produced to cut down on price.
Charlie Sheen set to sue CBS for $320M for ‘mental anguish’ New York Post
It’s Charlie’s war now. Swaggering actor Charlie Sheen plans to return fire at CBS, Warner Bros. and “Two and a Half Men” creator Chuck Lorre — by slapping them with a $320 million “mental anguish” lawsuit, The Post has learned. The in-your-face legal move comes after the network declared war on its biggest star Thursday, yanking Sheen’s top-rated sitcom for the rest of the season after two bizarre, live radio interviews in which the actor tore into the show’s producers. As part of his lawsuit, which a source said will be filed as early as today, Sheen is expected to demand payment for the ninth season of the sitcom, which has yet to be filmed.
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