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Police in Finland have arrested Matti Nykänen, a four-time Olympic gold medallist ski jumper, on suspicion of attempted murder. He spent the weekend in custody following an incident on Christmas Day in which his wife was injured.

Nykänen, 46, is alleged to have left his wife with wounds to her hands and forehead in a knife attack, causing her to flee to a neighbour’s house where she called the police. The Agence France-Presse reported that the Helsingin Sanomat expects Nykänen, from Jyväskylä, to be charged tomorrow.

Nykänen, who won three of his gold medals at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary and has nineteen medals from various competitions, is best known for sport although recently he has taken up singing, performing in bars and nightclubs, and written an autobiography. A regular sight in the tabloid press, he has sought treatment as an alcoholic and is known to the police, previously serving time in prison for violent offences.

His convictions include assaulting his fourth wife in 2006, and he served four months despite requesting community service; a stab attack from behind with a five-inch blade on a friend landed him a two-year suspended sentence and put the man in hospital. He also served thirteen months for stabbing a friend while drinking and has been prosecuted for attacking a man with a knife in a restaurant, a case dropped through lack of evidence.

He was regularly drunk in training sessions and in public. A weekly Finnish gossip magazine paid for a series of laughing gas treatments in exchange for story rights in a bid to combat his alcoholism. He has worked as PR representative for Jyväskylä and gave relationship advice answering phones for a sex line. He has also been employed by a club known to hire out prostitutes which asked him to be a stripper; media reported he did private shows, an allegation he denies. Swedish and US porn producers offered him roles in their films.

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The government of the United Kingdom has banned the export of the ADE 651, which is advertised by the manufacturer, ATSC Ltd., as a hand-held “remote portable substance detector.” However, critics say it is just a “glorified dowsing rod.”

In a statement, the Department for Business said, “Tests have shown that the technology used in the ADE651 and similar devices is not suitable for bomb detection. As non-military technology it does not need an export license, and we would not normally need to monitor its sale and use abroad.”

The statement went on to say, “However, it is clearly of concern that it is being used as bomb detection equipment. As soon as it was brought to the attention of the Export Control Organisation and Lord Mandelson we acted urgently to put in place export restrictions which will come into force next week. We will be making an order, under the Export Control Act 2002, banning the export of this type of device to Iraq and Afghanistan.”

Adding, “The reason the ban is limited to these two countries is that our legal power to control these goods is based on the risk that they could cause harm to UK and other friendly forces.” The statement closed by saying, “The British Embassy Baghdad has raised our concerns about the ADE651 with the Iraqi authorities.”

Meanwhile, the Avon and Somerset Police have arrested the managing director of the manufacturer, ATSC, 53-year old Jim McCormick on suspicion of fraud. McCormick is a former police officer from Merseyside. He has been released on bail.

These two events come after an investigation by the BBC’s Newsnight program where they tested and revealed the device as a fraud.

The device, manufactured by ATSC Ltd. which operates from a former dairy in Sparkford, Somerset, contains an antenna attached to plastic hand grip which is attached to black box. It requires no battery or other power source, and is supposedly powered solely by the user’s static electricity, the manufacturer claims. It can supposedly detect minute traces of explosives, drugs, human bodies, money, and even elephants provided it has the right card.

The black box of the device is intended to read “programmed substance detection cards” that are supplied with the device. The device supposedly works on the principle of “electrostatic magnetic ion attraction”.

Newsnight brought the device to Sidney Alford, a renowned explosives expert who advises all branches of the UK military. Alford opened up the card reader of the device which was empty. Alford said, “Speaking as a professional, I would say that’s an empty plastic case.” Alford believes that the selling of the device is “absolutely immoral”. He added, “It could result in people being killed in the dozens, if not hundreds.”

They then brought the “programmed substance detection cards” to the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory. The cards were examined by Dr. Markus Kuhn. When the layers of the card were peeled away, it was found that cards contained nothing but RFID security tags.

“There is nothing to program in these cards. There is no memory. There is no microcontroller. There is no way any form of information can be stored,” said Kuhn. Adding, “These are the cheapest bit of electronics that you can get that look vaguely electronic and are sufficiently flat to fit inside a card.”

The device along with several others has been previously tested by Sandia National Laboratories in the United States. The test concluded that “none have ever performed better than random chance.” The United States Department of Justice has warned law enforcement agencies against buying the device.

The device first came to light in November of 2009, by The New York Times after an increasing amount of car bomb attacks were occurring in Iraq, including the devastating bombing on October 25, 2009, that killed 155. The bombers drove through checkpoints that were equipped with the ADE 651. However, the American magician and skeptic James Randi has been skeptical of the devices since at least October 2008. He offered a $1,000,000 prize if someone could prove the device worked.

Despite what was brought to light by the Times, the Iraqi Interior Ministry stood by the device. Major General Jehad al-Jabiri, who is the head of the Ministry of the Interior’s General Directorate for Combating Explosives, said, “Whether it’s magic or scientific, what I care about is it detects bombs.”

In response to the tests by Sandia Labs and the warning from the Justice Department, “I don’t care about Sandia or the Department of Justice or any of them. I know more about this issue than the Americans do. In fact, I know more about bombs than anyone in the world,” the general said.

Even after the Newsnight program earlier this week, the Interior Minstry still stands by them, “We conducted several tests on them, and found them successful. In addition, we have a series of achievements officially documented by the Baghdad operations centre, from all the provinces, which establish that these devices detected thousands of bombs, booby-trapped houses and car bombs, and we’ve noticed a reduction of bombing activities to less than 10 per cent of what it was,” said General al-Jabiri.

Interior Minister Jawad al-Bolani even chimed in saying, “The thing is, the instrument is being operated by a user. Not all those who use the instrument are fully trained, the user needs to be alert and adept at using it.” The interior ministry has spent over $85 million on the devices, which cost from $40,000 to $60,000, much higher then price given by ATSC, $16,000, despite being warned by the ministry’s inspector general, Aqeel al-Turaihi.

“There was corruption associated with this contract and we referred to this and submitted our report to the Minister of the Interior,” al-Turaihi told Reuters. He added, “We said that the company which you made a contract with is not well-regarded internationally in the field of explosives detectors, and the price is very high and not commensurate with the abilities of this device.”

Meanwhile Iraqi Members of Parliament have called the Iraq Security Forces to stop using the devices. Hussain al-Falluji, a Sunni MP, said, “I proposed to parliament the withdrawal of these machines from service, the formation of an investigative committee and that Iraq recover its money.” Others in parliament are backing his suggestion.

Iraqi citizens are also criticizing the devices. Aqeel Yousif Yaqoub, a 39 year-old man who was caught in the October 25th bombing, said, “If they were effective, how did the suicide car bomb reach this area?” Another man, a perfume salesman named Malik Farhan, noted in June 2009 that the device was attracted to his perfumes.

Farhan said, “They stop us every time. There’s nothing we can do.” Jasim Hussen, an Iraqi Police officer, said, “The vast majority of the people we stop, it’s because of their perfume.” Another officer, Hasan Ouda, added, “Most people now understand it’s what gets them searched, so they don’t use as much.” McCormick said in email, “cheaply manufactured perfumes and some cosmetics” contain trace amounts of the explosive, RDX.

Other police officers have been doubtful of the device. “I didn’t believe in this device in the first place. I was forced to use it by my superiors and I am still forced to do so,” said one police officer who spoke anonymously to the New York Times because he was not authorized to speak. Another officer blamed corruption: “Our government is to be blamed for all the thousands of innocent spirits who were lost since these devices have been used in Iraq.”

McCormick still stands by the device, saying, “I have tested it in practice and it works effectively and 100% reliably.” McCormick also talked to the The Times of London saying, “We have been dealing with doubters for ten years. One of the problems we have is that the machine does look a little primitive. We are working on a new model that has flashing lights.” However, an associate of ATSC, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of possible retaliation, said, “Everyone at ATSC knew there was nothing inside the ADE 651.”

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American heavy metal performer Ozzy Osbourne, who became famous as the lead vocalist for Black Sabbath and later as a solo act, has raised more than US$800,000 for The Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Program, founded by his spouse Sharon Osbourne at the Cedars Sinai Hospital, by auctioning off personal items.

A number of the items that he auctioned off over the two day period have been seen on his reality TV show The Osbournes, which featured home life with Sharon, Ozzy and their two children. Amongst some of the higher-priced items were a carved walnut Victorian-style custom built pool table which raised $11,250, a painting from Edourad Drouot which fetched $10,500, a pair of Ozzy’s famous round glasses which raised $5,250 and a dog bed given to Sharon by Elton John which sold for $2,375.

Some more famous items were also amongst the 500 lots offered. Ozzy’s black satin coat, complete with bat-wing cape, raised $3,300 and a hand-painted floral cup used regularly on The Osbournes made $1,625. A bronze plaque of a demon’s head that was regularly seen in its position adorning the front door of their house had been expected to go for $800 to $1,200instead raised $8,750. A wire model of the Eiffel Tower from on the kitchen table sold for $10,000, while skull-covered trainers Ozzy had worn reached $2,625. Bidders came from as far away as Germany to buy what they could from his mansion in Beverly Hills, California.

However, three cars included in the auction failed to attract bidders and did not sell. They were a 2006 Bentley Continental Flying Spur, estimated at $160,000 to $180,000, a 2005 Cadillac CTS-V sedan estimated at $30,000 to $40,000 and a 1950 Oldsmobile Futuramic 88 Club Coupe previously owned by author Danielle Steel estimated at $40,000 to $50,000. Sharon had earlier said of the cars “We’re not great car people. They really don’t do a lot for us.

Darren Julien, president of Julien’s Auctions, which organised the two-day sale, said “It did very well. It raised some good money for a very worthy cause.”

“For a celebrity garage sale, it was pretty spectacular.,” he went on. He also commented on the fact that there was fierce competition for the many artworks included. “We had Ozzy fans bidding against these sophisticated fine art buyers, which you don’t see every day. For the most part the metalheads were outbidding the art crowd.”

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Penske Automotive Group, Inc., an Ohio based investment group and Telesto Ventures have indicated separately that they are interested in purchasing the Saturn auto brand from General Motors (GM).

According to The Wall Street Journal, NissanRenault is interested in purchasing Saturn. Bloomberg, however, indicated that Nissan-Renault may be a partner of Penske’s potential bid. If Penske acquired the brand, they would distribute Saturn vehicles and outsource the assembly.

GM revealed that the Saturn brand along with Saab and Hummer were up for sale when unveiling their restructuring plans to Congress for governmental loans. While the Pontiac brand was originally to be a niche brand, GM had changed their plans recently and decided to eliminate the brand.

Telesto Ventures is an investment group that includes private equity firm Black Oak Partners LLC of Oklahoma City and several Saturn dealerships. Initially, Telesto will purchase Saturn branded cars from GM then act as a general retailer for foreign brands. Telesto is in talks with several foreign manufacturers.

The Ohio group includes many former senior auto company managers plus private financial backers, chemists and engineers who live in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Florida. This group plans to initially purchase cars from GM then purchase existing but closed plants due to automaker restructuring. Additionally, one of the partners indicated a willingness to accept some “legacy” cost in relation to the United Auto Workers. The Ohio group is also pursuing possible loans or other support from national and state governments.

GM is reviewing several offers for Saturn. GM has contracted with S.J. Girsky & Co. to advise them on the sale.

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After the foundation, the roof can be said to be the most important aspect of the house. A good roof not only protects you from the harsh weather elements outside, it also serves to keep out all kinds of insects, rodents, etc., from your home! Not to mention, an attractive roof makes the home look even more beautiful and even increases the property value of your home. It increases curb appeal and makes you feel proud each time you look up to your home.

In order to keep the roof looking as bright, shiny, and beautiful as on the day they were brought, it is important to give them regular inspections and maintenance. You can do either a roof repair or a roof restoration, it is important to know what to look for when you conduct your regular inspection of your roof.

Why is it important to inspect your roof regularly?

The condition of your roof will depend to a large extent on the kind of weather that is predominant in the area that you live and the kind of surroundings that you have. For example, if you live in Mornington Peninsula in a place that is surrounded by trees, you can be sure that there might be a lot of debris collected on the roof from all the fallen twigs, branches, bird droppings, or even dead rodents and insects. This weight can bear down heavily on the roof structure, and when combined with the wind and rain that is typical of Mornington Peninsula, you get a roof that is heavily burdened and under great stress. This can be further compounded if the roof has not been cleaned in a while, which could lead to the roof shingles breaking down and getting damaged due to the weight of all the debris.

How to know if a roof restoration is due for your home?

There is a difference between roof repair and roof restoration and it is important to know the difference so that you will know which professionals to call for help to fix your roof. Here are the major signs that you need a complete roof restoration for your home in Mornington Peninsula, and not just a roof repair:

-Check the age of your roof. Roofs usually last about two decades, so if your roof is older than that, then its time to go for a restoration rather than just a repair.

-If your roof is leaking all over, then you definitely need a new roof!

-The roof valleys are the space where rain or snow falls through and into the gutters. If there are shingles that are damaged or missing in your roof valleys, a restoration is definitely in order.

-If there are any shingles that are missing from your roof, then it is wiser to go for a restoration as there will be shingles missing from other places too. It is especially important to check for this in the aftermath of a storm.

-Check your gutters to see if you find any granules of the shingles in them. If you do, you can be sure that your shingles are damaged.

-Your insulation will be moist if your roof is damaged. This requires a restoration.

When you walk on the roof, it will feel bouncy or spongy, which means it need to be restored.

-If light can be seen through the attic ceiling, the shingles are missing and need to be replaced.

When you understand these signs and keep a lookout for them, you can also get started on the restoration right away, rather than ignoring the signs which will only lead to greater damage and more cost in the long run.

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Which of the following preferred issues is likely to fluctuate most in value?

A. cumulative preferred

B. callable preferred

C. convertible preferred

D. broker preferred

Answer: C

Explanation:

Convertible preferred. Because of the conversion feature, convertibles are more closely linked to the price of the common stock. In addition, since the dividend rate on convertible preferred is usually lower than other preferred issues, the convertibles are more sensitive to interest rate fluctuations.

Question: 2

Which of the following rights does an ADR holder not have?

A. preemptive rights

B. the right to vote for your mother-in-law as a board membe

C. the right to transfer ownership

D. the right to see financial statements

Answer: A

Explanation:

preemptive rights. Holders of ADRs do not have preemptive rights, although they have most other rights of shareholders, including the right to vote for board members-even a mother-in-law

Question: 3

A corporation makes a rights offering to raise $10 million of new capital by issuing one million shares of common stock. If it already has six million shares outstanding at the time of the offering.

How many rights will the corporation distribute to its shareholders?

A. one million

B. six million

C. ten million

D. sixteen million

Answer: B

Explanation:

six million. One right for each outstanding share is distributed.

Question: 4

A corporation makes a rights offering to raise $10 million of new capital by issuing one million shares of common stock. If it already has six million shares outstanding at the time of the offering.

What is the subscription price per share?

A. $4

B. $6

C. $7

D. $10

Answer: D

Explanation:

$10. There are one million shares divided into the $10 million of new capital.

Question: 5

A corporation makes a rights offering to raise $10 million of new capital by issuing one million shares of common stock. If it already has six million shares outstanding at the time of the offering.

What subscription ratio is the corporation establishing for each new share?

A. 6 rights per share

B. 10 rights per share

C. 6 million rights per share

D. 10 million rights per share

Answer: A

Explanation:

6 rights per share. Each share receives a right and there are six million shares receiving rights to one million new shares. So six rights are required for one share.

Question: 6

Bubba owns stock with cumulative voting rights. There are five vacancies on a board and he owns 100 shares of stock. Bubba is entitled to cast the following votes:

A. a total of 100 votes

B. a total of 100 votes pe

C. a total of 500 votes

D. you are not allowed to vote

Answer: C

Explanation:

500 votes. Under cumulative voting, the number of directors is multiplied by the number of shares owned. The votes may be cast all for a single director or divided in any manner among the directors.

Question: 7

The definition of debentures is:

A. a loan secured by real estate

B. collateralized securities

C. a worthless security

D. securities backed by the general credit of the issuers but no specific collateral

Answer: D

Explanation:

securities backed by the general credit of the issuers but no specific collateral. And in the case of some issuers, that may be fairly worthless.

Question: 8

Convertible bonds have all of the following features except:

A. an ability to protect a short position on the stock into which they are convertible

B. permissibility for use as collateral

C. a normally higher yield than non-convertible bonds of the same issue

D. fluctuations influenced by changes in the price of the underlying common stock

Answer: C

Explanation:

a normally higher yield than non-convertible bonds of the same issuer. Remember that the question says except for this feature. Convertible bonds normally do NOT have a higher yield than non-convertible bonds of the same issuer. Convertibles usually have a lower yield than non -convertible sisters.

Question: 9

Although a corporation has no earnings in a particular year, it is obligated to pay interest on all its outstanding debt except the following:

A. convertible subordinated debentures

B. collateral trust bonds

C. adjustment bonds

D. equipment trust certificates

Answer: C

Explanation:

adjustment bonds. These bonds are also known as income bonds. Interest is paid only if there is income.

Question: 10

Interest rates rise from 5.10% to 5.30%. For a prospective buyer of five $1,000 bonds, what is the increase in interest payments as a result of the rise?

A. $20

B. $100

C. $2

D. $10

Answer: D

Explanation:

$10. Interest rates increased by 20 basis points. One basis point is 10 cents. So 20 basis points is $2. Butsince there are five bonds, that $2 x 5 = $10.

Question: 11

Common stocks for which of the following industries are most likely to decline in value when interest rates rise?

A. automobile manufacturers

B. airlines

C. stock brokers

D. public utility companies

Answer: D

Explanation:

public utility companies. Interest rates most affect the companies with the greatest amount of debt. Public utility companies are highly leveraged. Hence, they most likely incur the largest effect of rising interest rates.

Question: 12

Convertible preferred stock has all of the following characteristics except:

A. a lower dividend rate than non-convertible preferred

B. a dilution of earnings if converted into common stock

C. a requirement for shareholders to always accept the call price when called

D. required dividend payments to shareholders before any dividends are paid to holders of common stock

Answer: C

Explanation:

a requirement for shareholders to always accept the call price when called. All of the other statements are true except this one. Convertible preferred shareholders have a n opportunity to convert to common stock. There is no forced call price.

Question: 13

Bubba buys a 5% bond that matures in 15 years with a 5.10 basis. How much did he pay for the bond?

A. 5.00

B. 98.96

C. 100.00

D. 105.10

Answer: B

Explanation:

98.96. A calculator is not required for this. Even Bubba knows the bond is obviously trading at a slight discount by yielding 5.10% instead of the coupon rate of 5%. If the yield was the same as the coupon rate, the price is 100.00.

Question: 14

Bonds are most often quoted as a percentage of:

A. face value

B. book value

C. market value

D. whatever value the broker says

Answer: A

Explanation:

face value. The price is 100.00 if the yield is the same as the coupon rate. A price of less than 100.00 means the yield is higher than the coupon rate. A price of more than 100.00 means the yield is lower than the coupon rate. The prices are a percentage of 100.00. However, treasury bonds and municipal bonds are not quoted in this way.

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On Tuesday many internet routers, used to find the pathways to different parts of the web, reached their memory limit of 512,000 entries in the tables they use to store the routes, causing problems for many users.

A router is used to direct a user towards the area of the internet where they will find the content they are looking for, e.g. a web page. The recent problem was caused by the arbitrary memory limit built into the design of many aging routers. A limit was needed to prevent the cost of hardware from becoming prohibitively expensive in the days when physical data storage was still comparatively expensive. This small amount of memory in turn limits the number of directions which can be stored on a single router leading to different parts of the internet. When this limit was reached, it caused outages of services among Internet Service Providers. Many routers, including older ones provided by Cisco Systems Inc., are limited to storing a total of 512,000 routes or paths.

This limit was reached on Tuesday, reported to have been triggered by Verizon publishing another 15,000 paths. Those affected included eBay, LastPass, and clients of the web hosting company Liquid Web, who lost much of their services until Verizon withdrew some of these new paths. Problems nevertheless continued throughout the day, even after the withdrawal.

A longer term fix is possible, but it would require manually replacing old routers with newer, more capable ones. It is hard to tell what issues would temporarily cascade though the internet by taking down routers from part of the internet for maintenance. Many experts have warned that problems could continue until these difficult fixes have been implemented, although the recent switch to a newer form of IP Addresses, IPv6, will temporarily help the issue. Wired News reported that Andre Toonk, a network engineer, had stated that the number of network outages on the internet, typically around 1,500, yesterday peaked at 2,587, enough to become clearly noticeable.