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Manchester United 3 West Ham 0: match report

By Rory Smith Published: 6:30AM GMT twenty-four February 2010

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Another work finish for Manchester Uniteds Hercules. Wayne Rooney, a week on from his massacre of the Milanese lion, one after another his query for enduring fame by putting West Ham to the prolonged knife last night. Two headed goals to see off Gianfranco Zolas side, nineteen in his last nineteen games and twenty-seven for the deteriorate so far. Rooney runs the risk of his deeds apropos the things of legend.

The England internationals form has kept Sir Alex Fergusons side in hold with Chelsea at the tip of the Premier League table. Carlo Ancelottis group lead United by usually one point, despite with a diversion in hand. They can feel the champions breath on their necks, and it is Rooney heading the charge.

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For all the energy and panache of his arrangement here, Hercules was not the exemplary reference of preference for Zola, a man with some-more right than majority to decider a brazen player.

"The usually approach of describing him is to contend he is similar to King Midas," pronounced the West Ham manager. "Everything he touches at the impulse turns to gold. He had a normal diversion tonight but he scored twice and could have had more, and that says everything."

More worrying for Ferguson, though, is the actuality that by far the majority good together is with conjunction favourite nor king, but titan. Rooney, in the deficiency of Cristiano Ronaldo, is Uniteds Atlas. His shoulders bear the weight of the world.

It was regularly the Portugueses role, of course, to have the disproportion in finely-balanced games, to furnish a impulse of sorcery to facade all of Uniteds failings. Rooney contingency do that now. He has regularly been Uniteds violence heart, the teams pumping lungs, but he increasingly finds himself the brain, too, dictating play, environment the tempo. It is his pursuit to lift United on top of the ordinary.

For the time being, he is relishing the task. From the off here, he bustled and buzzed, his by round squandered by Valencia in the seventh notation as the Ecuadorian, impressing again after his harmful cameo in Milan, scuffed a shot true at the lunging Jonathan Spector.

United frequency tender in the initial half - Valon Behrami could have since the visitors the lead, whilst Ben Foster, a impulse later, roughly spilled a deflected bid from Alessandro Diamanti over the line - and, as Old Trafford grew restless, it was to Rooney that they turned.

The striker, abounding on such expectation, responded, arrowing a header past Rob Green after Dimitar Berbatov and Valencia crafted the majority talented move of the match. He roughly had a second prior to the break, flicking the round over Matthew Upson, swivelling and sharpened in the wink of an eye, but saying his bid slick the roof tiles of the net.

He did not have to wait for prolonged for his second. Moments after Park Ji-Sung burst the club from the initial conflict of the second period, Rooney found himself unmarked 3 yards out, with Valencias perfectly-weighted cranky in his path. Game over.

For West Ham, at least. Rooney competence have had dual more, sport down Green as he waited in vain for the round to hurl out but saying his bid shut off on the line, unwell to fire as he gimlet down on goal.

His suffering at saying the man who had transposed him to a station acclaim usually a impulse earlier, Michael Owen, measure the third after an artistic sell with Paul Scholes was evident, for all the respectful acclaim from the bench.

The disbelief remains, though, that United might onslaught should Rooney lose form or fitness. Their defence, even with the relapse of Nemanja Vidic, looks suspect, and a improved side than West Ham might have profited from the occasional relapse here.

In midfield, the increasingly melancholy Valencia apart, there is small management and a finish deficiency of menace, whilst Berbatov, as ever, is majority kindly described as mercurial.

But there is small complaint with being a one-man group when that man is in the sort of join of form that Uniteds standard-bearer finds himself in.

Too reliant on one player to attain at home and abroad? Atlas shrugged.

Winter Olympics 2010: Bode Miller crashes out of giant slalom

By Ian Chadband, Chief Sports Correspondent in Whistler Published: 10:52PM GMT twenty-three February 2010

Winter Olympics 2010: Bode Miller crashes out of hulk slalom Miller time: Bode Miller of the USA in movement prior to blank a embankment during the initial run of the men"s hulk slalom Photo: GETTY IMAGES

The Americans emancipation tale, from the irked bad child of Turin 4 years ago to the all-action desirable favourite of Vancouver, looked staid for the majority doubtful of call for help outlines when, carrying already won downhill bronze, Super G china and his prolonged owing bullion in the super-combined here, he pounded story similar to a outlayed fighter perplexing to throw one last haymaker.

Yet notwithstanding drifting at his charge with all his old informed lan, his harmed ankle and his miss of rise fitness took the price as the arrogant unsuccessful to come to terms the initial run of the two-race discipline.

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It paved the approach for a unqualified delight for universe hold up Carlo Janka, Switzerlands immature hero. The 23-year-old combined bullion to the bronze he won in the super-combined with dual glorious runs to reject Norways Kjetil Jansrud by 0.41sec and Super G hold up Aksel Lund Svindal, who won his third award of the Games.

Janka, a Manchester United left-wing well known behind home as the "Iceman" for his resolute demeanour, lived up to his nickname, doing the vigour of heading after the initial run with positive confidence.

Wild thing Miller did not disappoint, though. "I was skiing on fumes," the 32-year-old had pronounced after his decisive, scything slalom in Sundays combined, maybe with a lustful curtsy to the days he would breeze up the authorities by articulate of how he enjoyed skiing when "wasted".

Funny, there were moments here as well when he resembled an out-of-control drunk. After aggressive ferociously from the gate, he twice all but crashed out, most skiing on his backside at one point prior to miraculously recovering. Energy most spent, though, he longed for an additional embankment nearby the finish and skied out with a dismissive gesture.

At least, Miller still has one some-more crack at story in Saturdays slalom prior to he afterwards gives himself a new sporting Everest to stand by make-up up his skis, picking up a pole and perplexing to validate for the US Open. Imagine Roger Federer attempting to validate for the Olympic downhill and you get a feel for the insane improbability of Millers quest.

Fulfilling the intensity he once showcased in Salt Lake City prior to his wasted, boozy Turin meltdown 4 years ago might well consequence Miller millions again as skiings reborn Mr Charisma, but 125 bucks of that will be outlayed on his US Open entrance fee.

In a new challenge, 8,000 hopefuls, from professionals to recreational players, can contest for one place in the main subordinate draw. Will Miller fool around with the same lurch as he skis; one imagines him to be some-more insane Mac than icy Borg but, in any case, hes a decent player, carrying won the Maine state boys singles pretension at high propagandize and spasmodic right away coaching at the tennis stay his family runs in New Hampshire. See you at Flushing Meadows, Rog… Miller is a altered man, of course. In Turin, he was the complainer US group nonconformist seen glugging vodka and red longhorn with models Miss Budweiser and Miss Hooters International on possibly arm and merrymaking as if there was no tomorrow. He cared not a jot about medals.

Here, though, he has appeared settled, sensible, sober, the doting father of a baby daughter. He has been polite, enchanting with the press and the medals have come in profusion. Ah, where did it all go wrong, Bode?

Parents given power to sack headteachers

By Graeme Paton, Education Editor Published: 4:16PM GMT twenty-three February 2010

Ministers pronounced councils could move in new "accredited" superheads to run schools if sufficient family groups complained about their internal secondary.

Under plans, a list of superb propagandize and college leaders will be since a new kite symbol enabling them to step in and conduct bondage of under-performing state schools when asked by internal authorities.

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Ed Balls, Schools Secretary, pronounced the plans would capacitate relatives to "demand shift and get a new and quality-guaranteed" headteacher.

But headteachers" leaders branded the measures "reckless" and pronounced they would fool around in to the hands of relatives with a grudge.

John Dunford, ubiquitous cabinet member of the Association of School and College Leaders, said: "Headteachers and comparison staff will be intensely endangered at the Prime Ministers ultimate version of primogenitor power.

"Such a routine will destabilise a school, that might be in the routine of creation without a friend changes in sequence to urge the performance.

"Especially in small schools, such a magnitude creates the probability that small groups of parents, shabby by factors alternative than the great of the school, can pouch a head who is creation improvements underneath formidable circumstances."

Under the plans, a "significant group" of relatives will be compulsory to protest about care at their internal delegate propagandize to trigger legislature action, nonetheless the Government did not mention how most would be needed.

The internal legislature would afterwards list all relatives at the propagandize on either they longed for to move in a "proven and devoted provider" to take over.

On Tuesday, the Government denounced a list of nineteen schools, colleges, universities and preparation bondage that have already sealed up to the kite mark, and claimed 500 could stick on by 2015.

Mr Balls said: "Its right that relatives expostulate shift where it is needed, so this is the suggest to parents: if your kid is descending at the back of in the three-Rs we will pledge them additional help.

"And if your internal schools are not you do well enough, and if you are discontented with the swell your internal propagandize is making, you will be equates to to direct shift and get a new and quality-guaranteed provider."

The Tories have already affianced to concede new schools to open in any area eccentric of internal authorities. Thousands some-more schools could be supposing underneath the scheme.

Michael Gove, the shade schools secretary, said: "Real preference for relatives equates to permitting new schools to open that are free from the carry out of politicians and thus scrupulously responsible to parents, not a list complement permitting a little handful of existent schools to federate."

Philip Parkin, ubiquitous cabinet member of Voice, a kinship representing teachers and await staff, said: "This is an choosing gimmick written to try and have relatives think they will have some-more power. In reality, such a intrigue gives usually an apparition of preference and it is rarely doubtful it would ever work. It is unreal and infeasible and would emanate some-more bureaucracy, not less."

Charles van Commenee refuses to set medal target for Doha World Indoor Championships

By Gareth A Davies Published: 4:54PM GMT twenty-three February 2010

Phillips Idowu heads GB entertainment group for World Indoor Championships in Doha Rising to the occasion: Phillips Idowu is eminent for rising to the plea at vital championships Photo: GETTY IMAGES

The Dutch supervisor will be seeking for autocratic performances from fortifying three times burst hold up Phillips Idowu, Dwain Chambers, who common the china award with former universe hold up Kim Collins in Valencia dual years ago, and Jessica Ennis, vigilant on jolt off an ankle censure that sidelined her from new events at Sheffield and in Birmingham. Ennis, if fit, has the products to take gold. No question.

Chambers, criminialized for dual years for utilizing bootleg performance-enhancing drugs, but re-born in to honest sprinting, stays the fastest man in the universe this year over 60 metres after ripping out at 6.50sec dual weeks ago.

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In that event, he is assimilated by absolute 21-year-old Harry Aikines-Aryeetey - the former universe youth 100m and 200m bullion medallist - who took the second place, with 6.55sec, a personal best, at the UK trials in Sheffield.

The Londoner saw off foe from Scot Nick Smith, who ran 6.60 to finish third at the Aviva Grand Prix in Birmingham last Saturday.

No award aim from Commenee is arguably a discreet indicator of the GB and Ireland group in attendance these Games. In Valencia in 2008, GB returned with five medals bagged - one bullion and 4 china medals, and it is accepted the Dutch supremo anticipates identical numbers.

Commenee certified the intrigue of a large patrol was formed on an practice to sign how multiform GB neophytes would perform at universe turn in the Aspire Indoor Arena. "This foe gives athletes an event to benefit championship experience on a tellurian level, the continuation athletes generally have taken this possibility with lots of new faces in those disciplines," he said. "The group is somewhat bigger than I would have expected at the begin of the winter deteriorate that definitely shows the abyss of the pool of athletes we have." "We have names that will have the lectern if they perform to intensity and there is regularly room for outsiders."

The warn package could be universe No 2 ranked Jenny Meadows. Slower on paper than Russian Yevgeniya Zinurova, Meadows demonstrated her mending speed last week end by violation Kelly Holmess seven-year UK jot down by 0.1secs in 1min 59.11sec. "I essentially had some-more in the tank, but was kicking myself thereafter since I squandered 150m meditative about either I should go for it or not."

Good signs. As she suggested this week, if she had to wear any whim skirt outfit, it would be Wonder Woman. If she can find the certainty to turn hard, Meadows could nonetheless turn a golden (super)hero at these championships.

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Men 60metres: Dwain Chambers, Harry Aikines-Aryeetey; 400m: Richard Buck, Dale Garland; 800m: Andrew Osagie, Ed Aston; 1500m: Tim Bayley; 3000m: Scott Overall; 4x400m: Richard Buck, Dale Garland, Chris Clarke, Nigel Levine, Conrad Williams, Luke Lennon-Ford; High Jump:Samson Oni, Tom Parsons; Pole Vault: Steve Lewis; Long Jump: Greg Rutherford, Chris Tomlinson; Triple Jump: Phillips Idowu; Shot: Carl Myerscough.

Women 60m: Joice Maduaka; 800m: Jenny Meadows, Vicky Griffiths; 1500m: Helen Clitheroe, Charlotte Best; 3000m: Gemma Turtle, Barbara Parker; 60mH: Gemma Bennett; 4x400m: Victoria Barr, Hayley Jones, Dawn Hunt, Lee McConnell, Perri Shakes-Drayton, Kim Wall; High Jump: Vikki Hubbard; Pentathlon: Jessica Ennis.

Love Never Dies: laying the ghost of the Phantom

Published: 5:05PM GMT twenty-three February 2010

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"You have no thought how majority vigour Im underneath in between right away and opening night!" Jack OBrien tells me, with such a grade of drawling self-composure that youd swear you could hook him out of an upper-storey window and hed frequency bat an eyelid.

Actually, despite that were sitting in a dressing-room backstage at the Adelphi theatre, an oasis of inside tranquillity, I think I can take a pretty intelligent theory at the mad unfolding that awaits this seasoned American party and show executive the notation we shake up hands and piece ways.

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OBrien, 70, is tasked with bringing Love Never Dies to the London theatre after that it will open in New York and Melbourne, and, all being well, at assorted times after that, around the rest of the world, in the stairs of the show that spawned it, The Phantom of the Opera.

This isnt usually the follow-up to the majority successful low-pitched nonetheless penned by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Its the follow-up to the majority successful party product in history. If youre wakeful of zero else about Phantom, you know the a outrageous hit, but the stats are awesome: it has enjoyed bigger takings than Star Wars, Titanic, and (so far) Avatar, with gain of �2 billion; and it has been seen by over 100 million people in some-more than twenty-five countries.

Simply put, Love Never Dies is the supplement but equal. If anything, the vigour on OBrien is larger than that faced by Harold Prince, entrusted with directing Phantom in 1986. As OBrien reminds me: "The prohibited series that year was Chess [written by Lloyd Webbers earlier unchanging co-operator Tim Rice]. Phantom wasnt expected scarcely as majority as Chess was."

This time, the expectation isnt usually greater, the clearly double-edged. Instead of sketch from Gaston Lerouxs 1911 novel about the misshapen low-pitched might who haunts the Paris Opera House, the plot, that jumps from 1881 to 1907 and takes in the fairgrounds of Coney Island, has been recognised from scratch, with submit from Frederick Forsyths 1999 novel The Phantom of Manhattan, Ben Elton and American lyricist Glenn Slater.

There are those distressing of Phantoms juggernaut unstoppability, smarting at the composers wealth, or simply nonchalant to Lloyd Webbers lushly romantic, rock-tinged diagnosis of Lerouxs melodrama who would penchant the philharmonic of Love Never Dies display up passed on arrival.

Then there are those who are presumably as spooky with the long-runner as the skulking anti-hero is with the virtuous immature soprano, Christine, who falls underneath his spell. And this revolutionary fortuitous are cautious, sceptical, aroused even. At Her Majestys, I not long ago sat subsequent to one such fan, a man from Munich, who had seen Phantom twenty-five times, and swore he wouldnt be saying Love Never Dies until it had been since the thumbs-up by reviewers.

Towards the new shows already sneaking detractors, OBrien displays meagre regard. "People will contend what they wish but saying it, and theyre roughly regularly uninformed." He sympathises, though, with the apprehension. "Were not receiving this lightly. I have pronounced from the beginning: no one will appreciate us for you do this. We have to dot each i, and cranky each t, in display because were stability to discuss it this story.

Lloyd Webbers motives, he maintains, are impeccable. "No one had him at gunpoint saying, "Please come up with something. He has thought about this for over twenty years. It has been at the behind of his mind, vivid him. If this usually was about the franchise, he would have finished it years ago. This is about something else."

What that is, what drives Lloyd Webbers enterprise to den deeper in to the story, involves a little guess-work that OBrien is usually partly rebuilt to put up with in. It frequency transient notice at the premiere that, with Lloyd Webbers afterwards mother Sarah Brightman occupying the purpose of Christine, and Michael Crawfords misfit Phantom same to a composer, there was an component of self-portraiture about the business.

"I dont think theres any subject about that," he replies. "I dont have assumptions, but youd have to be unequivocally unresponsive not to see this as a curious, imaginary together universe. Im wakeful that theres a deeply personal template to that Im not invited that feeds the stream."

Further than that, he wouldnt go. But palm on heart, ruin swear that Lloyd Webber with lyricist Slater has delivered the goods, and even trumped the original.

"I think the measure is richer and some-more varied. The colours are some-more astonishing. There are vaudeville American elements and those good stroke rock-opera moments, too. He uses all at his disposal.

OBrien launches in to a full-blown aria of appreciation: "Were in a new country, a new century. From gaslit Paris, weve changed in to the age of electricity. So theres a opposite perspective. Were picking up, but were seeking back. The actuality that Erik, the Phantom, goes to Coney Island, that at that time was about five times some-more renouned than Las Vegas is today, equates to that hes right away piece of a landscape of people authorised to handle in an radical way. That gives him a possibility to grow. I dont know what anyones expectation is but I gamble anything theyre going to be unequivocally astounded by the citation the story goes in."

As for the see of the thing, OBrien adds: "Someone pronounced to me, "Is there a candelabrum moment? [referring to the important first-half consummate in Phantom when a candelabrum comes crashing to the ground]? I said: "As far as Im concerned, the total dusk is going to be a candelabrum moment.

For some-more than twenty years the inventive executive of the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, California, OBrien got this potentially mega-lucrative gig roughly by possibility assembly Lloyd Webber for a splash in Covent Garden dual and a half years ago, whilst supervising the strike London send of Hairspray.

"We had such fun talking, that I got concerned in the origination of it at that point." In his time, OBrien has had the peculiar brush with flops his own musical, The Selling of the President, sealed after five performances in 1972. Yet I realize that not once whilst weve been sealed in review has the smallest see of fright or disbelief entered his eyes. This man knows something we dont. Yet.

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Inter Milan v Chelsea: Jose Mourinho plays down advantage of inside knowledge

Bystaff and agencies Published: 6:51PM GMT twenty-three February 2010

Inter Milan v Chelsea: Jose Mourinho plays down value of inside knowledge Friends reunited: "I know Chelsea well but that doesn"t meant that it"s any easier," Jose Mourinho pronounced Photo: AFP

Mourinho faces the Blues for the initial time given withdrawal Stamford Bridge in Sep 2007 after 3 years in charge.

But nonetheless majority of the players sojourn the same, that does not indispensably meant Mourinho knows how to kick the Blues.

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"I know Chelsea well but that doesn"t meant that it"s any easier," he said.

"Sometimes it"s some-more formidable since when you know so majority about the team, if you don"t confirm what is the right report to give to the your new players about your old players, you can get in to trouble.

"I played opposite Porto with Chelsea the year after I left, so in the 2004/05 season.

"It was my team, my players and I knew all about them, but it was not easy. We won one diversion and lost the alternative one."

Likewise, Mourinho does not see any value in the stream Blues physical education instructor Carlo Ancelotti returning to the city where he outlayed majority of his managerial career, as trainer of AC Milan.

"It"s not easy," combined Mourinho.

"I don"t think it is for Carlo Ancelotti, who knows Inter really well, and has worked all his hold up in Italian football and played opposite Inter a dozen times and is a internal man, a man from Milan, from the same city.

"I think he knows all about us, all about the players, but I don"t think it"s an value at all."

Mourinho is not awaiting Chelsea to come and set up the barricades - and nor will Inter - but predicts the tie will be motionless at Stamford Bridge subsequent month, rather than Wednesday night.

"I don"t recollect saying a diversion involving Chelsea and them going on the margin to defend, or not to win, or to fool around for a 0-0," he said.

"Inter are the same. It"s a diversion that could be 180 minutes, but it might even be thirty mins more.

"The initial diversion is important, but I think the second is even some-more critical since that"s the one that decides the tie.

"You leave the initial diversion customarily but meaningful who is going to reach the quarter-finals and you leave the second diversion with the believe of who is going by and whose appearance in the Champions League is ending."

As for his own team, Mourinho is still sweating over the fitness of goalkeeper Julio Cesar, who was concerned in a car collision on Sunday.

Although the Brazilian was means to sight today, Mourinho will consider him again before to kick-off carrying called maestro goalkeeper Francesco Toldo up as cover.

"It"s not certain," he said.

"I don"t know how he wakes up tomorrow, may be he wakes with his eyes sealed and he can"t see the ball.

"After a car collision you never know. You can have a greeting twenty-four or 48 hours after."

British Airways strike: no dates to be announced

By Harry Wallop, Consumer Affairs Editor Published: 7:04PM GMT twenty-three February 2010

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There had been an expectancy that Unite, the cabin organisation union, would have known on Thursday sum of when and for how prolonged workers would strike. Members of the kinship voted 81 per cent in foster of walkout on Monday, triggering the odds of the initial set upon by the cabin organisation for over a decade.

However, a orator for the union, pronounced they would not have known any set upon dates whilst it was negotiating with the government of BA.

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"Negotiations are positively ongoing. We do not wish to emanate any clarity that we are not critical about negotiating. And announcing set upon dates would do that. We would usually have known set upon dates when all pick options have been exhausted," a spokesman.

While ride experts applauded Unite"s eagerness to speak to BA talks took place thought Tuesday at the TUC domicile in London they pronounced it was frustrating for business to be kept in the dark.

Bob Atkinson at TravelSupermarket, said: "Customers need to know ASAP about what is going on. If you were cynical, you"d say that the kinship is personification with customers" ride plans. Every day that this goes on, there is less accessibility on pick flights and prices will go up.

"Unite need to have a preference and stop messing people about."

The kinship has, underneath industrial family law, twenty-eight days in in between the list being voiced and starting the strike. It additionally has to give 7 days" notice to the association prior to starting the travel out.

British Airways reliable that talks were stability in London. A orator said: "Progress is being done during new talks. We sojourn really penetrating to finalise the issues in in between Unite and British Airways for the consequence of the business and all the staff."

He combined that customers, who were endangered about their flights, should check the website regularly.

The brawl revolves around BA"s preference to revoke the series of staff on long-haul from fifteen to 14, by forcing the cabin use directors the majority comparison organisation to no longer only manage the staff, but to begin portion dishes and drinks as well.

BA argues the normal take-home compensate of a cabin use executive on a long-haul moody is �56,325, creation them a little of the most appropriate paid staff in the industry and that it has a crippling grant necessity to say with.

Staff have additionally been forced to accept a compensate freeze this year. The kinship unsuccessful to convince the High Court that the shift in their conditions were a crack of contract.

Francesca Ecsery, the UK ubiquitous physical education instructor of, pronounced the doubt would put business off "the shining brand".

"At the moment, if you"ve got a preference of airlines, you could well take the one that is not BA. And this will be really frustrating for those that have already requisitioned flights," she said.

Argentina to seek UN ruling over the Falkland Islands

By Damien McElroy, Foreign Affairs Correspondent Published: 7:29PM GMT twenty-three February 2010

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Jorge Taiana, Argentina"s unfamiliar minister, will transport to New York on Wednsday to direct cabinet piece of ubiquitous Ban Ki-moon"s involvement to kick-start negotiations with Britain over the tenure of the South Atlantic islands.

The Argentine on all sides was buoyed by the unanimous subsidy of a 32-country organisation of Latin American and Caribbean nations together with Brazil, Mexico and Colombia.

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The organisation additionally enclosed twelve Commonwealth nations and is roughly wholly stoical of non-White former Spanish and British colonies.

Argentina"s chronological explain over the Falkland Islands has been brought behind in to the spotlight by plans to proceed oil exploration.

Jorge Argüello, the envoy to the UN pronounced the Buenos Aires would salary an unchanging tactful debate to force London in to negotiations over the predestine of the islands.

He said: "Argentina"s solitary design is to emanate the conditions indispensable to restart a critical discourse per the Malvinas sovereignty."

Argentina maintains the Falklands that it knows as "Las Malvinas", are piece of the Tierra del Fuego province. The islands are home to 3,000 residents of British descent.

In new months, Buenos Aires reacted in a huff to efforts by British firms to try the waters around the Falklands for oil. Some experts hold the islands could gulf as most as 60 billion barrels the homogeneous oil resources to the North Sea.

Since the troops was degraded by a British Task Force after invading the islands in 1982, Argentina has sought await for the offer of a negotiated allotment by the UN.

Christina Fernandez de Kirchner, Argentina"s president, indicted Britain of consistently violating corner agreements on exploiting the apparatus intensity of the region.

The UN has called for talks to solve the brawl but they have no force in law but the subsidy of the Security Council where the UK is a permanent piece of with the right of veto.

Mrs Kirchner called on alternative Security Council members to assistance enlarge vigour on Britain.

"[What is] even some-more critical will be to grasp a shift of perspective in the big powers, in this box those that have a permanent chair on the United Nations Security Council," she said.

The await of the 32-member group, that has no name but is piece of a expostulate to launch a new "Americas" village that excludes the US and Canada, dominated the limit nearby Cancun in Mexico.

Fledgling members were warned not to concede splits to crop up at the opening meeting.

"It"s time to realize the togetherness of Latin America and the Caribbean," pronounced Felipe Calderón, Mexico"s president. "We have authorized a stipulation in that leaders of countries and governments benefaction here reaffirm their await for the Republic of Argentina"s bona fide rights in the supervision brawl with the United Kingdom."

The issue was seized on by Hugo Chavez, the insubordinate boss of Venezuela, to march his insubordinate views.

"We await completely the Argentine supervision and the Argentine people in their complaints," Mr Chavez said. "That sea and that land belongs to Argentina and to Latin America."

A Foreign Office orator played down the unanimous subsidy the fortitude received.

"We"re used to Latin American countries being vocally with Argentina as acts of informal oneness and the probably not the initial time the Commonwealth countries have finished this," he said.

"But when it comes to putting their income where their mouth is they never follow through.

"It gives Foreign Minister Taiana a little ammo when he goes to encounter Ban Ki-moon at the UN but only since some-more people are examination does meant it will have any some-more effect."

Winter Olympics 2010: Britains women curlers out after 6-5 defeat to Canada

By Simon Hart in Vancouver Published: 8:12PM GMT twenty-three February 2010

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The nineteen year-old curling skip, who had betrothed so most when she non-stop her debate with a feat over the Chinese universe champions, was separated from the foe on Tuesday as she and her GB team-mates were degraded 6-5 by Canada in their last game.

But even a feat over the hosts would not have saved them. On an diagonally opposite rink, a 4-2 feat for Switzerland over Germany had already finished gift for the semi-finals a mathematical impossibility.

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The repairs to Britains chances had been finished prolonged before, with dual most dear errors in games the GB party should have won. They finished the round-robin array with a jot down of 3 wins and 6 losses, their five last games all finale in defeat.

"We didnt wish to finish here on 3 and six, thats not what we came to do but we did, and that is gutting," pronounced Muirhead, who was guilty of some-more mistakes in yesterdays compare to concede the Canadians 4 steals.

"Im a captious out there on the ice and I get angry if small shots dont come off and I take a lot of censure on myself. There were shots out there that I should have been creation but things didnt come off.

"You feel bad when that happens. You feel youve let your group down and youve let your nation down but, at the finish of the day, the usually an additional championship, and nobody died."

Britains predestine had been effectively hermetic in their prior diversion - a 9-8 improved by Denmark that incited on a bad blunder by Muirhead in the ninth head when her initial mill flashed past the dictated aim and non-stop the doorway for the Danes to measure a dual with usually one finish remaining.

Afterwards, Muirhead pennyless down in tears as she supposed full shortcoming for the mistake.

"I know it will probably show up me for a long, prolonged time," pronounced the teenager.

But on Tuesday team-mate Jackie Lockhart, who was personification in her fourth and roughly positively her last Olympics, refused to censure her immature jump over and for her unemployment in form in the second half of the contest and likely the experience would have her a improved player in the future.

"Having been a jump over myself, I know what the like," pronounced Lockhart. "There are times when your jump over will save a group and there are times when your jump over is not personification well. But you usually have to take it. We fool around as a group and we lose as a team.

"Its been a outrageous guidance bend for her and hopefully bombard redeem from this and bombard move on since shes got so most years in front of her. Shes got illusory intensity deliberation shes usually nineteen years old.

"I think this experience will mount her in good stead. "It would have been poetic for us to come out and win and finish on a outrageous high but you sense so, so most from defeats and it creates you a most improved person.

Britains hopes of a curling award right away rest on the shoulders of David Murdoch and his 3 colleagues, who, after a indolent begin to their campaign, crop up to be anticipating their form at usually the right time.

A gentle 8-2 feat over Germany in their penultimate compare on trial them at slightest a play-off place forward of their last diversion of the round-robin proviso opposite Norway late on Tuesday night.

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand out of Carling Cup final with back injury

By Rory Smith Published: 10:38PM GMT twenty-three February 2010

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand out of Carling Cup last with behind injury Back in the wars: Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand is out of Carling Cup last Photo: GETTY IMAGES

Ferdinand, accessible again after a four-game cessation for aroused conduct, longed for Manchester Uniteds 3-0 win opposite West Ham on Tuesday night and his manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, suggested after the diversion that he expects the 31 year-old to miss "a integrate of games".

"He got a pang in his behind [yesterday morning] in training," pronounced Ferguson. "He had been precision great with no mishaps at all, but you get these twinges and you cannot take a chance. He will not be ready [to face Aston Villa] on Sunday. Unfortunately he will miss a integrate of games."

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That comment all but manners Ferdinand out of the tie at Wembley on Wednesday, the initial given Fabio Capello allocated him John Terrys inheritor as captain, and leaves the Italians counterclaim in rags only 100 days prior to Englands World Cup debate starts in Rustenburg.

As well as the stability doubts over Ferdinands fitness, subject outlines sojourn over Terrys mental state following weeks of conjecture about his in isolation life, whilst Ashley Cole will be out until the really eve of the contest with a damaged ankle. Glen Johnson is due to lapse to precision with Liverpool this week after dual months out with a knee injury.

Even Capellos pot suggest small solace, with Joleon Lescott and Phil Jagielka far from full fitness and Wayne Bridges general destiny capricious following the Terry scandal.

Ferguson, though, will be some-more endangered that Ferdinand has played only 6 times this deteriorate in Uniteds initial preference executive defensive partnership to one side Nemanja Vidic. The Serb done his initial entrance this year last night, the Scot describing him as "majestic in the air".

In truth, Vidic had small to regard himself with as dual headed goals from Wayne Rooney and a late set upon from Michael Owen took United to inside of a point of joining leaders Chelsea, who face Manchester City this weekend.

"We goal City can do us a favour," pronounced Ferguson, of a side he has marked down "cocky" and "noisy neighbours" this season. "They are a great side, chasing that fourth place. They have got a lot of great players. They will have a possibility since Chelsea are entrance behind from a diversion opposite Inter."

Spanish woman leaves 3m euros to Iberian lynx

Published: 8:01PM GMT twenty-three February 2010

SPANISH LYNX, DONANA NATIONAL PARK, SPAIN A lynx at Donana National Park. Photo: Rex Features

The lady bequeathed a sum of 9 million euros to animal charities, one-third of that is to go to the lynxes, internal authorities in Spain"s southern Andalucia segment pronounced on Tuesday.

A six-year-old serf tact programme for the lynx is formed in Andalucia"s Donana National Park.

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The Madrid journal El Pais pronounced the lady died in Oct 2008 in Spain"s Canary Islands at the age of 60, but that small else was well known about her.

Barely 200 Iberian lynxes are believed to sojourn in the wild, often in stable areas of southern Spain. At the begin of the 20th century there were around 100,000 in Spain and Portugal.

But civic development, hunting, and majority of all a thespian decrease due to disease in the series of wild rabbits, the lynx"s main prey, have neatly marked down the numbers of the speckled cats, that can grow to about one back yard in length.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature right away lists the class as "critically endangered" - the top difficulty of risk for a wild animal.

British woman killed in suicide bombing three months after husband killed by Taliban

By Caroline Gammell and Dean Nelson Published: 9:07PM GMT twenty-three Feb 2010

British lady Belinda Khan, who was killed in a self-murder explosve in the Swat Valley yesterday. Pictured with her second father Saeed. Belinda Khan with her father Saeed.

Belinda Khan was selling in a bustling marketplace in the district collateral of Mingora when the explosion killed at slightest 7 alternative people.

The Cardiff-born caring workman was with her new father Saeed Ahmed, who was harmed in the blast.

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He is right away being questioned by the Pakistani authorities about his British mother and her late father Yahya Khan, his elder brother.

It is slight use for the Taliban to decapitate those they think to be spies, whilst they are additionally fanatic of Muslims marrying women who do not go to the Islamic faith.

Mrs Khan, 44, was tied together to a British man prior to she done a new hold up for herself in Pakistan, The Dailycan disclose.

Her initial father was her childhood swain Clive Gardiner, from Barry in south Wales, whom she met when they were both pupils at Glan Ely High School in Cardiff.

Last night Mr Gardiner, 46, paid reverence to his former mother who worked as a village caring workman when they were together.

"That was her all over, she desired caring for people," pronounced the former sight driver.

"I desired her to bits, I can"t get over the shock of it all. I"m only perplexing to fill in the blanks."

Mr Gardiner pronounced he had attempted to send Mrs Khan a content messages a integrate of days ago but had perceived no reply.

"I didn"t even know she was out there," he said. "Even though we divorced 4 years ago, we still kept in hit and it was gentle in between us."

Mrs Khan tied together Yahya in 2007 after they met and became close in the UK.

The integrate afterwards changed to Mingora, where Yahya was picked up by the Taliban and murdered at the finish of last year.

Mrs Khan returned to the UK after his genocide but went behind to Pakistan to wed his younger hermit Saeed at the commencement of this year.

It is accepted the integrate tied together this month and she converted to Islam, utilizing the Muslim name Aamna.

Saeed remained in control last night as the security use investigated because his elder hermit was taken by the Taliban and probed in to Mrs Khans background.

The self-murder bomber detonated his device at a highway connection surrounded by shops and marketplace stalls as vehicles carrying members of Pakistan"s security forces passed.

The explosion shop-worn shops, cracked windows and broken multiform cars, that were left burnt and blackened shells.

Two soldiers were between the 37 people harmed in the attack, according to a troops spokesman.

Major Mishtaq Khan said: "It was a self-murder attack. Its aim was security forces."

Muhammad Idrees, the Swat Valley military chief, pronounced equipment found at the scene, together with tools of a mobile phone and a watch, were believed to have belonged to the self-murder bomber.

The Foreign Office reliable that Mrs Khan was between the victims of the bombing.

A mouthpiece said: "We can endorse that a British inhabitant was killed in the conflict in Swat Valley on Feb 22.

"Next of family have been sensitive and we are on condition that consular assistance."

Pakistani forces seized the Swat Valley behind from internal Taliban militants in the center of last year.

However the area, close to the limit with Afghanistan, has one after another to be tormented by occasionally violence.

US toll in Afghanistan war reaches 1,000

By Ben Farmer in Kabul and Alex Spillius in Washington Published: 9:52PM GMT twenty-three February 2010

Operation Moshtarak. Photo: Julian Simmonds

The website, that marks infantry deaths in Afghanistan and Iraq, pronounced 54 US soldiers had died in the fight so far this year, as the bloc tries to recover movement in the eight-year campaign.

It was the misfortune fee for dual uninterrupted months given the US-led advance of 2001 and compared with a fee of thirty in the same duration last year.

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The Pentagon voiced the ultimate American make make use of of part of to be killed was Cpl Gregory Stultz, 22, who died on February nineteen from small arms glow in Helmand province.

The top-ranking US infantry officer, Admiral Mike Mullen, warned of some-more casualties as 15,000 US-led forces one after another Operation Moshtarak in Marjah, a key Taliban building where unfamiliar infantry have faced clever belligerent resistance.

He additionally pronounced efforts opposite the Taliban were "messy" and "incredibly wasteful", as was fight in general, adding: "But that doesn"t meant it"s not value the cost.

"We contingency steel ourselves, no make a difference how successful we are on any given day, for harder days nonetheless to come."

In an operational update, Nato said: "Afghan and total forces go on to confront small but dynamic pockets of resistance, mostly from bunkers or alternative fortified positions."

Last year was the bloodiest nonetheless for general troops, with 519 killed, up some-more than 75 per cent on the prior year.

Britain has the second top fee of deaths, with 264, whilst Canada has the top in suit to the distance of the force.

Gen David Petraeus, head of the US Central Command segment that abroad the war, additionally attempted to prop Americans for some-more casualties given of the additional 30,000 forces sent by President Barack Obama to aspire to an assertive counter-insurgency strategy.

"These sorts of efforts are hard, and they"re tough all the time," he said. "I don"t make make use of of difference similar to "optimist" or "pessimist". I make make use of of "realist"."

The flitting of a grave miracle in the fight will be a sign to the White House that the most of the open and the Left-wing of Mr Obama"s Democratic Party have a singular toleration for a fight that has dragged on for years but discernible swell given the really early success of stealing the Taliban supervision in plea for ancillary Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda. The misadventure rate has not however nonetheless reached the point it did in Iraq that gathering open perspective intentionally opposite the war.

The US embassy in Kabul declined to criticism on the flourishing genocide toll.

The Pentagon"s total tends to loiter at the back of the well-regarded website as it does not strictly jot down a genocide until twenty-four hours after subsequent of family are notified.

Fighting in Marjah one after another on Tuesday as Marines managed to couple up from the north and south after negotiating their approach by mined poppy fields for some-more than a week. However, mutinous units appeared to have regrouped in the north. A explosve strapped to a bicycle in Lashkar Gah, the collateral of Helmand, killed eight people.

Gen Stanley McChrystal, the Nato commander, went on radio to apologize for a in error air set upon on Sunday that killed twenty-seven Afghan civilians together with women and children.

The reparation was an bid to relieve rising open annoy over municipal casualties after the third in error bombing raid in a week.

His one-minute video was dubbed in to the internal Dari and Pashto languages.

Johnny Depp defends men convicted of satanic ritual murders

By Nick Allen in Los Angeles Published: 10:15PM GMT twenty-three February 2010

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The "West Memphis Three" were convicted of murdering 3 eight-year-old young kids in backwoods in Arkansas in 1993.

The men convicted, Jason Baldwin, Jessie Misskelley, and Damien Echols were themselves teenagers at the time.

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Baldwin and Misskelley were condemned to hold up in jail whilst Echols perceived a genocide sentence.

Depp is the ultimate in a fibre of celebrities to have uttered await for the men"s box and he will crop up on CBS"s "48 Hours Mystery" programme to urge them.

In a promotional shave for the programme, he says: "I resolutely hold Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley are all innocent. It was a need for quick probity to assuage the community."

Supporters of the 3 men explain they were targeted by military since of their seductiveness in complicated steel song and the occult, and that Misskelly done a fake admission since he thought it meant he could leave prison.

Last month a decider in Arkansas refused to accede to new trials for Baldwin and Misskelley who claimed that they weren"t sufficient represented originally.

Depp"s coming on 48 hours comes as he is in the surrounded by of compelling the new 3D Disney movie "Alice", in that he plays the Mad Hatter.

Pl�cido Domingo pulls out of Royal Opera House performances

By Stephen Adams, Arts Correspondent Published: 11:16AM GMT twenty-three February 2010

Pl�cido Domingo pulls out of Royal Opera House performances It is hoped that Domingo will be fit to lapse to the Royal Opera House in Jun Photo: REUTERS

The show singer, 69, motionless to lapse to New York for a full healing after pang from "physical annoy and reduce intestinal pain" for some-more than a week during performances in Tokyo progressing this month.

Nancy Seltzer, his spokesman, said: "His doctors have dynamic that he needs to bear "medically endorsed surety surgery".

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"After surgery they will have a improved thought when Plácido Domingo will lapse to his behaving schedule. It is hoped that it will be in about 6 weeks."

She declined to criticism on what seizure he had, revelation the New York Times: "I know hes a open figure, but arent sure things authorised to be private?"

She combined that "knowing Plácido, he will be operative as they hurl the gurney in to surgery and again as he leaves recovery".

However, the expected six-week mangle manners out his performances as Bajazet in Handel"s Tamerlano on Mar 5, 8, 11, fifteen and 20.

Last year the Royal Opera House had touted them as being his swansong as a effort on the important Covent Garden Stage, after a career travelling 40 years.

He has achieved there some-more than 200 times.

A orator for the Royal Opera House pronounced his purpose would be taken by Kurt Streit, the American tenor, who was already due to perform as Bajazet on dual Mar dates.

The orator said: "Although it is not prevalent Royal Opera House policy, in approval of the withdrawal of such an well-developed artist in a rarely-performed opera, we will be contacting all sheet holders with sum of a twenty per cent credit note."

It is hoped that Domingo will be fit to lapse to the Royal Opera House in June, when he is due to take on the baritone pretension purpose in Verdi"s 1881 version of Simon Boccanegra.

Had he been means to perform in Mar and June, it would have been the initial time in Royal Opera House story that a actor had sung both effort and baritone purposes in the same season.

Domingo is well well known as a ongoing workaholic.

Besides singing, he additionally conducts and is additionally ubiquitous executive of the Los Angeles Opera and the Washington National Opera, both of that now face monetary problems.

His website carries the copyright countenance "If I rest, I rust" - coined by the American singer Helen Hayes - but a little critics contend he simply tries to do as well much.

John Allison, editor of Opera repository and a song censor for The Sunday Telegraph, said: "Domingo has prolonged been well well known as the operatic world"s majority ongoing over-achiever.

"Many in the commercial operation additionally think that he is comparison than he strictly admits to - that simply creates his outspoken state all the some-more remarkable.

"If he is to retire from singing with dignity, he"ll have to do so inside of a couple of years, but - so prolonged as his healing diagnosis deduction uniformly - I design we"ll be enjoying his performances for a whilst yet."

Domingo last appeared at the Royal Opera House in 2007, behaving as Siegmund in Wagner"s Die Walküre.

As one of the Three Tenors, that additionally enclosed the late Luciano Pavarotti and Jos Carreras, he helped take show to a wider assembly in the 1990s.

Broadband tax labelled regressive

By Myra Butterworth, Personal Finance Correspondent Published: 7:00AM GMT twenty-three February 2010

Family utilizing broadband A broadband taxation would strike the lowest majority of all, a inform says.

The Business Select Committee branded the levy "regressive", observant poorer homes would finish up profitable for a make use of that usually the wealthier used.

It additionally questioned because ministers longed for to outlay so most on upgrading broadband at a time when the open purse was underneath pressure.

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The criticisms came in a inform in to proposals for mending Britains internet provision, that were denounced by ministers last Jul as piece of the Digital Britain White Paper.

Under the plans, an additional 50p assign would be imposed on each bound phone line, with the estimated income of �175 million going to safeguard that each home can entrance a smallest speed of 2Mbps (megabits per second) by 2012.

But MPs warned that whilst the Government"s long-term ambitions were "laudable", it was "unwise" to happen but delay in the marketplace at this stage.

"Early supervision involvement runs a poignant risk of distorting the marketplace and will not concede time for technological solutions to magnify the market"s reach opposite the country," the cabinet insisted.

"Furthermore there is small justification to indicate a pent up direct for this extended service, with business now reluctant to compensate the reward for such services."

The inform went on: "We remonstrate with the Government over the offer to account the involvement in the Next Generation Access Market with the deduction of a 50p levy on bound telecommunications lines.

"Such a levy would be both backward and feeble targeted. It would have a most larger stroke on the less well off who will compensate for an extended make use of that usually a minority will enjoy.

"If open supports are compulsory for subsequent era access, they should be lifted by ubiquitous taxation, in the same approach as for any alternative inhabitant infrastructure programme."

The MPs referred to that slicing taxation on twine ocular wire and mending foe between suppliers would be a improved evident make use of of open money.

"In times of good rigidity in open output digital inclusion, not subsequent era access, should be the priority for expenditure," the inform said.

"The marketplace can be helped to broach larger levels of high speed entrance but poignant increases in open expenditure."

Dylan Hartley signs new Northampton Saints deal

Published: 10:47AM GMT twenty-three February 2010

Dylan Hartley signs new Northampton Saints deal Committed: Dylan Hartley secures long-term destiny at Saints Photo: GETTY IMAGES

The New Zealand-born Saints skipper changed to Franklin"s Gardens in 2005. He is the club"s youngest captain in Premiership history.

Hartley, 23, has won sixteen caps and is now England"s first-choice hooker.

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"Captaining this bar creates me prouder than I can presumably explain, so there was never any risk of me not re-signing," he said.

"Saints have upheld me, stood by me, helped me to grow up and (rugby director) Jim Mallinder and (coach) Dorian West really publicly put a outrageous volume of conviction in me by creation me the captain of the club.

"I wish to pay off that certitude and support.

"It"s additionally incredibly critical for my growth that I outlay the subsequent couple of years personification for a critical rugby-town group run by tip coaches, to one side illusory players, severe for made at home precious metal and personification unchanging Heineken Cup rugby.

"This season, especially, Saints are ticking all of those boxes and more.

"The bar is on the verge of really big things and I think my purpose going forwards is flattering transparent - to keep learning, keep improving, keep performing, keep winning, keep you do my most appropriate to lead by e.g. and to keep rewarding the conviction shown in me by my coaches."

Nasa launches new free iPhone Lunar Rover app

By Andrew Hough Published: 10:30AM GMT twenty-three February 2010

Previous of Images Next NASA Lunar Electric Rover Simulator: Nasa launches new free iPhone Lunar Rover app The interactive diversion is free from iTunes. Photo: NASA NASA Lunar Electric Rover Simulator: Nasa launches new free iPhone Lunar Rover app Based on an astronauts" experience, users have to closely guard their energy expenditure whilst navigating the moon"s hazards. Photo: NASA NASA Lunar Electric Rover Simulator: Nasa launches new free iPhone Lunar Rover app Users can perform assorted tasks to await the mission together with transporting supplies. Photo: NASA NASA Lunar Electric Rover Simulator: Nasa launches new free iPhone Lunar Rover app The game, formed on the agency"s video pod expel show, Nasa Edge, additionally includes an interactive gallery. Photo: NASA NASA Lunar Electric Rover Simulator: Nasa launches new free iPhone Lunar Rover app It was grown by the Analytical Mechanics Association at the Nasa Langley Research Centre. Photo: NASA

The interactive game, called Nasa Lunar Electric Rover Simulator, is an interactive diversion for the Apple iPhone where users are since an discernment in to what it could be similar to to await lunar mission.

While pushing a Lunar Electric Rover during their Lunar Outpost, users can perform assorted tasks to await the mission together with transporting haven to and from assorted points, blogs say.

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Based on an astronauts experience, users additionally have to closely guard their energy expenditure whilst navigating around the moon"s hazards.

The game, expelled on Monday by space officials and formed on the agencys video pod expel show, Nasa Edge, additionally comes with an interactive gallery.

The free application, grown by the Analytical Mechanics Association at the Nasa Langley Research Centre, in Hampton, Virginia, is accessible by the iTunes store.

"We longed for to have this a cool diversion instead of an app where you only collect information," Chris Giersch, the host of Edge, told Wired magazine.

"We thought about going hi-tech and going unequivocally jazzy, but for this initial version, lets only keep it basic."

Mr Giersch pronounced the Rover was formed on the antecedent tested at the Black Point Lava Flow in Arizona.

It would have been piece of a programmed lunar armed forces underneath the former Nasa Constellation solar complement scrutiny plan, he said.

The apps content adds: "You don"t need a driver"s license, but you still need to bend up as the LER Simulator gives you a glance of what it competence be similar to to await the activities of a functioning Lunar Outpost.

"Get busy. You never know if your skills here will turn a vital piece of the Nasa Astronaut focus routine in the future."

It is the ultimate technological beginning expelled by Nasa, that is one the heading supervision agencies to try and rivet in new media.

It continually uses Twitter and alternative iPhone apps together with payed-for iRover, that allows users to try the moon"s surface.

Large family homes: the need for flexible space

By Caroline McGhie Published: 10:00AM GMT twenty-three February 2010

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Chris and Pip Adams came together 9 years ago. She had five children, he had three, and together they paid for Southwood Lodge, a pleasing wayward farmhouse with outbuildings at Walberton nearby Arundel in West Sussex. "We got tied together here, so we had the marriage celebration in the house, that was poetic for all the kids," Chris says.

How would they tag themselves? Are they a "blended family", as Kirsty Young described such groups in her new argumentative radio array The British Family? Or are they similar to the Von Trapps but the singing or the garments done of curtains?

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"More similar to a pattern family since there are alternative relatives concerned who we regularly need to think of," Chris says. "There are laterals as well as verticals." The big subject they have tackled is how to residence the postmodern family, an amalgam that mostly has majority young kids from opposite parents.

So encounter the Adams family. There is one child and 7 girls Ruary, 23, Jess, 21, Jessie, 14, Ellie, 14, Lottie, 13, Portia, 12, Katy, eleven and Robin (or Bob), 10. "There was a time when the family done up twenty per cent of all the girls in the school," says Chris.

For all of them, the residence and 6 acres became the concentration of a new togetherness. They cut behind the woodland and combined a outrageous pool with an island where they kept chickens so that they wouldnt get eaten by foxes. "It has turn a Swallows and Amazons place for the girls," Chris says. "They played there all the time. There is a rowing vessel and a wire opposite the tide to pitch on. Deer come and splash there, and we have black swans. It has triggered their imaginations and has been improved than anything else we could have provided."

But what are the bugbears? Dont discuss the series of bedrooms. There are five doubles, of that Chris and Pip have one, the 4 youngest girls share two, and the comparison teenage girls have one each, but there have been swaps.

"We have governing body about bedrooms," Chris says diplomatically. "The dual comparison ones are afar now, but when they lapse there are alternative bedrooms that they can occupy." There is a two-bedroom coach-house and an orchard room, that is a self-contained bedsit. When they arent there, these bedrooms take bed-and-breakfast guests.

As Pip is an equine osteopath, they additionally have dual horses. Until not long ago there were additionally 4 pigs, that they paid for for the younger children, one of that Thelma had a spawn of 10 piglets. "And an old colonel of a turkey," Chris says. Then there are Tatty the labradoodle and Launcelot the pony.

"Friends cant entice us for Sunday lunch since we are as well many, so we lend towards to entice people for barbecues. At one theatre we did have a Toyota Landcruiser since it was the usually car that could chair eight. We dont take all eight young kids on holiday, though we have taken 6 girls camping in France, that worked well."

Now, as the childrens needs are changing, they are offered by Strutt & Parker (01243 832600) at �1.45m.

"The girls similar to to shop, try on garments and make-up, but it will be really formidable to find something that suits all their requirements," Chris says.

Indeed it could. Karen and Hugo Crawley, who have 7 young kids in between them, took 6 years to find their residence nearby Petersfield in Hampshire. The age span, the opposite schools, the need to fool around song and have friends over, all had to be accommodated. Eventually they changed in to a seven-bedroom Georgian residence with outbuildings that would yield lots of options. Scarlet, 21, Florrie, 19, Sam, 17, Rosie, 15, Bibi, 15, George, 14, and Kit, five, widespread themselves right by it.

"It is a moving-around house, so they never have their own bedrooms for ever," Karen says. "When they reach sixth-form stage, they move in to a self-contained stable with the own lavatory and kitchen, where they do their own cleaning and laundry. They cling to out there but eat with us." Another stable is called the Xbox, where George plays his drums and turns up the decibels, and an additional outbuilding is Karens college of music where she functions as a healer. She has additionally only proposed using workshops for teenagers.

Does stuff oneself a outrageous clan need an industrial kitchen? "It doesnt have to be complicated. Just a bucket of pizzas, pasta or oven baked potatoes. Or we competence have a big fajita night," she says.

"Flexible space is the majority critical thing. Not scarcely sufficient is accepted about combination family groups and their needs."

Dick Cheney hospitalised with chest pains

By Nick Allen in Los Angeles Published: 2:59AM GMT twenty-three February 2010

Dick Cheney hospitalised with chest pains Former US clamp boss Dick Cheney has had 4 heart attacks Photo: AP

His bureau pronounced he was lazy absolutely whilst doctors evaluated the situation. He reportedly perceived an angiogram exam so that doctors could see in to his coronary arteries, and the formula showed he might need some-more diagnosis tomorrow.

Mr Cheney 69, who served as clamp boss from 2001 to 2009 underneath President George W Bush, has had a prolonged story of heart problems and had a pacemaker propitious in 2001.

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He has had 4 heart attacks, the initial when he was elderly 37. He has additionally had quadruple bypass surgery and dual artery-clearing angioplasties.

His majority new heart conflict was before long after the Nov 2000 choosing and was described as mild. His pacemaker was transposed in 2007 since the battery was wearing down.

A Cheney orator said: "Former Vice President Cheney is in George Washington Hospital after experiencing chest pains. His doctors are evaluating the incident and he is lazy comfortably."

In 2008 doctors easy a normal stroke to the former clamp president"s heart with an electric shock. It was the second time in less than a year that he had experienced an atrial fibrillation, an aberrant stroke involving the top chambers of the heart.

Since withdrawal the White House the former clamp boss has sparred with the Obama administration department over plans to close the apprehension trickery at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and hold the trials of multiform high form detainees in municipal courts rather than troops tribunals.

Last week he done a warn coming at the Conservative Political Action Conference and was greeted with chants of "Run, Dick, Run," but pronounced "I am not going to do it."

World Cup 2010: Fabio Capello refuses to give green light to Englands training facility

By Mark Ogden in Sun City Published: 7:00AM GMT twenty-three February 2010

Fabio Capello refuses to give immature light to England Unconvincing: Fabio Capello says he is "satisfied" by swell at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Campus but not sufficient to pointer it off

The England manager, who on Monday night checked in to a Sun City road house with a Football Association celebration notwithstanding progressing claims by Royal Bafokeng staff that he was due to stay at the precision formidable led a high-powered commission of officials on a debate of the comforts at RBSC.

Capello was accompanied on his investigation of the pitches and buildings at Royal Bafokeng by Fifa ubiquitous cabinet member Jerome Valcke, Confederation of African Football boss Issa Hayatou, South African FA boss Kirsten Nematandani and Danny Jordaan, of the internal organising committee.

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And notwithstanding Capello revelation FA officials that he was "satisfied" with the swell done given his last revisit in December, the Italian would not pointer off the site as England"s reliable bottom for the World Cup.

Fifa is formulation to make known the last list of World Cup precision bases for the 32 competing nations at a press discussion in Sun City at 11am UK time.

But Capello is dynamic to seek votes the thoughts of his associate coaches at a Fifa seminar after in the day to consider their own concerns over the state of the comforts in South Africa.

Ironically, the host nation, who were awarded the World Cup in 2004, deserted their precision bottom at the week end in foster of a opposite place and Argentina have additionally lifted concerns over their due bottom at the University of Pretoria.

While England are doubtful to cancel plans to be formed at Royal Bafokeng only 4 months prior to the World Cup is due to start, the outcry caused by revelations of the delayed swell at the site has heaped vigour on the South African organisers to accelerate building a whole work.

Despite cinema detailing the state of the pitches and buildings at RBSC, Jordaan, an successful football statesman in South Africa, insists that England have zero to be endangered about.

"The place is finished. I could take you there right away and travel you by room by room and show you," he said. "It"s astray to contend anything else. All England need is a road house and dual precision pitches and they have that. England are not endangered about proviso dual or 3 [of the development] since that will finish in 2013.

"What they need is a first-class road house and precision pitches and that is what they will have at Bafokeng."

The �20 million Royal Bafokeng formidable is due to turn a oppulance sports shelter after the World Cup, but the association obliged for the building a whole stays unrelenting that Capello and his patrol will be means to move in to a entirely finished bottom on Jun 4.

Niall Carroll, arch senior manager of Royal Bafokeng Holdings, said: "Following the visits, we are assured that the Bafokeng Sports Campus will be ready and entirely tested in time for the World Cup.

"Construction stays on report and the first pitches will be allied to that of the Bafokeng Sports Palace, rated as one of the most appropriate in the country.

"We go on to work closely with the FA, Fifa and MATCH [the logistics organisers], and sojourn assured the Bafokeng Sports Campus will encounter the top standards in each area."

Gordon Brown pledges a low debt economy, should we laugh or cry?

By Jeremy Warner Published: 5:45AM GMT twenty-three February 2010

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Coming from someone who has arguably finished some-more than any one to put Britain on a standard with Japan as the majority gladdened nation in the G20 with sum open and in isolation debt of around 450pc of GDP according to a new McKinsey research it"s tough to know either to giggle or cry.

Other pledges at the same discussion to set up on British competitiveness as a finish for central investment rang similarly hollow. The actuality that Britain retains any captivate at all has really small to do with the Prime Minister, but rests roughly unconditionally on advantages of language, law, culture, scholarship bottom and time zone. Public process has not particularly softened any of these things in the past thirteen years.

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On the alternative hand, it has demonstrably undermined alternative advantages of tax, work flexibility, law and education. Improvements in infrastructure have been at most appropriate marginal, whilst withdrawal roughly unconditionally inexperienced Britain"s burgeoning necessity in appetite renewal.

But let"s for the impulse climb on top of the lecture and fake promises of the list box and residence what contingency be the starting point for any critical discuss about long-term British competitiveness, that is how the nation is expected to be influenced by the shift in geopolitical and mercantile energy to the rising markets of the East. Is this expansion a hazard to the long-term prosperity, or as Mr Brown and alternative Western policymakers have to illustrate far framed it, an opportunity? Much patently depends on how China and alternative fast-growing building economies select to have use of their new-found power, but there are a series of reasons for optimism.

Looking at the great brush of history, the genuine repairs to ubiquitous human wealth and enrichment tends to come not from monetary crises or even bad policy, but from the harmful consequences of big, inter-regional troops conflicts, mostly compared with the climb of new superpowers.

One of the couple of exceptions to this order is the US, that played a mostly innocent, even benign, purpose in the dual great conflicts of the 20th century and managed to allege in great leaps and finish notwithstanding them. The indications are that China, notwithstanding a extremely different, peremptory proceed to capitalism, wishes to repeat this trail to expansion and mercantile prosperity.

I know that most will brawl these generalisations. And in any case, the blade rattling we"ve seen from China over the past year competence lead you to the conflicting conclusion. There have been flourishing traffic tensions with the US, as well as a small sincere grand-standing over American arms sales to Taiwan and President Barack Obama"s assembly with the Dalai Lama. China has seemed to revelry in the general defamation it perceived for interference Copenhagen, and it threatens to gibe sanctions on Iran. These are not the actions of a nation peaceful to tumble in line with the general consensus.

China is already a troops superpower, so there is great reason to be concerned about what happens after it overtakes the US as the world"s largest economy, as on benefaction trends it will in 10 to fifteen years.

Even so, the tongue from Chinese leaders is on the total encouraging. Anyone who listened Li Keqiang, initial vice-premier, verbalise at the World Economic Forum in Davos last month would have been impressed. Tipped by a small to attain Hu Jintao as president, Mr Li gave a near-perfect accent of the concluded G20 agenda. He additionally betrothed to lower the free marketplace reforms of the past thirty years, creation the Chinese economy some-more open to unfamiliar investment and less contingent on outmost demand. Of course, this kind of thing is steady each year for unfamiliar consumption, but in practice, small ever seems to change. Meaningful sell rate remodel stays illusive.

Still, for the time being both the US and China need each alternative as well most to risk a critical decrease in relations. China is ever keener to have the voice heard, but over a small flesh flexing to infer the new-found virility, it is not about to dissapoint the apple transport by creation irrational demands.

This proceed to inter-regional differences, by co-operation rather than conflict, is one of the big changes to have occurred on the universe theatre given the finish of the Cold War and provides plenty await for a comparatively confident comment of long-term mercantile prospects. Countries that are critical about mercantile enrichment have come to recognize the being meaningless or senseless of confrontation.

Mr Li faces really conflicting hurdles to the own, and there is great means to be concerned about China"s own sold code of state-directed capitalism. This has delivered fast expansion and a new infrastructure, but it might additionally have resulted in an impassioned misallocation of capital, thus storing up problems for the future.

If a small problems are different, others are most the same. The demographic time explosve of a fast ageing race is in a small respects worse in China than in Britain since of the one-child policy.

Yet the inlet of the plea is the frigid opposite. There"s no amicable reserve net to verbalise of in China, where the charge for mercantile process is thus to grow fast sufficient to yield one. For modernized economies, the complaint is that the cost of on condition that for the elderly, concluded at a time of extravagantly conflicting assumptions on longevity, are apropos ever some-more unaffordable. We have turn victims of the own success in handling to magnify the lives.

These bequest costs are the main reason for desiring that modernized economies will not be means to say their competitiveness in the decades ahead. If Mr Brown is critical about creation Britain a low debt economy, he needs to be most some-more honest with the voters. Expectations have to be really extremely adjusted.

Don"t put as well most store by the frightening extrapolations constructed by the IMF, the European Union and others of the expected expansion in open debt if good entitlements for the aged aren"t changed. They have the benefaction predicament in the open finance management see similar to a small foretaste of what"s to come, but are in law usually a form of reductio ad absurdum. It won"t work out that approach since it can"t. Nobody would lend Britain or any alternative modernized economy that kind of income not even China.

Either people will have to work longer, or benefits will have to fall, or some-more probably a multiple of the two. Liberal democracies will find their finalise sorely tested in the years ahead.

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Cilla Black takes aim with Cupids darts

By Tim Walker Published: 9:58PM GMT twenty-two February 2010

Cilla Black takes target at crony Nigel Lythgoe with Cupid Cilla Black Photo: Ian Jones

"Nasty" Nigel Lythgoe, the radio bent show decider and new authority of Bafta in LA, says the Liverpudlian is keeping a sharp eye on his love life.

Asked if he were saying Sir Mick Jaggers ex-wife Jerry Hall, he told me at a pre-awards celebration at Asprey: "No, I was ostensible to have left out with her in October.

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"It wasnt true, Cilla Black introduced me to her. It was a blind date in Barbados and I have a date for the BAFTAs and the an additional blind date, organized by Cilla. Shes seeking after me. I was her trainer on Blind Date."

Lady Olga and unfamiliar affairs

Her own career has had a tellurian flavour, and it seems that the former MP Lady Olga Maitlands son Fergus has hereditary her general outlook.

The twenty-eight year-old, about to go to New York for a new pursuit with the advertisers Ogilvy & Mather, has only turn intent to Geraldine Van Der Mast, a selling senior manager operative in London.

The span became intent on legal holiday in Sri Lanka. Lady Olga - who is boss of the Algerian British Business Council - tells me they are to be tied together in Sep in a French chateau.

"Her fathers Dutch, her mothers Peruvian, so there is no genuine reason from a family point of perspective to be tied together in England," says Lady Olga.

A stately dilemma

It might not be a complaint for most of us, but midnight feasts for the immature Prince Andrew in Buckingham Palace were difficult.

In an talk with Hello! to symbol his 50th birthday, he says the large distance of his childhood home meant it was a 15-minute travel to the kitchen.

"You had to go to the military to get the kitchen key since they sealed it at night, so you couldnt do that. You were regularly checked."