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Jim Marshall talking about his invention to the BBC in 1989

Guitar amp innovator Jim Marshall, dubbed “the Father of Loud” for creating kit used by some of the biggest names in rock, has died aged 88.

Mr Marshall, who originally owned a music shop in London, founded Marshall Amplification 50 years ago.

Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain are among the musicians who used Marshall amps.

A statement posted on the company’s website called him a “legendary man” who led a “truly remarkable life”.

Slash and Jim MarshallMarshall amps are used by famous musicians such as Slash (left) from Guns N’ Roses

Former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash tweeted: “The news of Jim Marshall passing is deeply saddening. R & R will never be the same w/out him. But, his amps will live on FOREVER!”

Motley Crue bass player Nikki Sixx also paid tribute on Twitter, saying Marshall was “responsible for some of the greatest audio moments in music’s history – and 50% responsible of all our hearing loss.”

Speaking to Radio Four’s Front Row programme on Thursday, musician Paul Weller said he used a Marshall amp that was “at least 40 years old and still sounds fantastic”.

“For me it’s the exactly right amp for the job,” said the former Jam and Style Council frontman. “I don’t know if anyone’s particularly improved on it, to be honest.”

Jim Marshall began building amplifiers in the early 1960s, using the Fender Bassman amp as a model, creating what later became known as “the Marshall sound”.

After talking to Pete Townsend and Ritchie Blackmore, who were customers at the shop, he realised there was a gap in the market to make a cheaper alternative to the other models available at the time.

It took him six attempts to create an amp he was happy with.

As the company grew, Mr Marshall expanded his product range, unveiling the Master Volume Marshall amps and the classic JCM800 split channel amps.

“Jim rose to become one of the forefathers responsible for creating the tools that allowed rock guitar, as we know and love it today, to be born,” the statement said.

“In addition to the creation of the amps, chosen by countless guitar heroes and game changing bands, Jim was also an incredibly humble and generous man who, over the past several decades, has quietly donated many millions of pounds to worthy causes.”

Marshall amplifiers were such a fixture of the rock scene that they featured prominently in the spoof documentary This is Spinal Tap.

In a famous scene from the film, guitarist Nigel Tufnel proudly showed off his Marshall stack which went up to 11. He explained it was “one louder” than usual amplifiers.

In 2003, Marshall he was given the OBE for his services to music and charity. He was a regular supporter of Macmillan and the Willen Hospice.

He also donated money to the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore, where he was treated for tuberculosis as a child.

The Marshall Amps company, which is now based in Bletchley, Milton Keynes, is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a tribute concert at Wembley Arena.

Jim Marshall with Motorhead's LemmyLemmy, from the rock band Motorhead, also owns Marshall equipment

Iron Maiden, Slipknot, Whitesnake and The Cult are among the bands who have been lined up to play at the September event.

Mr Marshall will be remembered alongside guitarmakers Leo Fender and Les Paul for shaping the sound of the modern electric guitar.

He is survived by his children Terry and Victoria and step-children Paul and Dawn.

Reggae 2011 Mobo  award winner Alborosie has teamed up with with British superstar (The late Amy Winehouse) for the Remix SWEET GUITAR. The song was leaked online early March 2012.  Listen below

Aer Lingus planes Aer Lingus is continuing to turnaround its fortunes

Irish airline Aer Lingus has seen its annual profits more than double, as it continues to benefit from extensive cost-cutting.

The carrier made a pre-tax profit of 84.4m euros ($113m; £72m) in 2011, up from 27.2m euros a year earlier.

Its revenues rose 6% to 1.3bn euros, while its average income per passenger increased by 4.8% to 112.27 euros.

Aer Lingus said the results demonstrated “the success of the changes we have made to our business”.

Christoph Mueller, Aer Lingus’ chief executive, added that the increased profits had been achieved “against a difficult backdrop of non-controllable fuel price inflation, increased airport charges and challenging demand conditions in our primary markets”.

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A look from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Miami

2012

Models backstage at Montreal Fashion Week in Quebec, Canada

February 6-9, Montreal, (Quebec) Canada
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February 9-16, New York, NY
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February 12-14, LondonUnited Kingdom
Scoop International Fashion Show

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February 17-22, LondonUnited Kingdom 
London Fashion Week

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Nicole Richie and other celebrities front row at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York

February 20-26, Washington D.C.
D.C. Fashion Week
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February 22-28, Milan, Italy
Milan Fashion Week

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February 28-March 7, ParisFrance
Paris Fashion Week (Mode à Paris)

Ready-to-Wear Fall/Winter 2012/2013 Collections
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March 1-6, Mumbai, India
Lakmé Fashion Week

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March 18-24, TokyoJapan
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March 27-April 1, Dunedin, New Zealand
iD Dunedin Fashion Week
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Rosemount Australian Fashion Week in Sydney

April 30-May 4, SydneyAustralia
Fashion Week Australia

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May 25, Monaco
Amber Lounge Fashion Show

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June 11-16, São PauloBrazil
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June 23-27, Milan, Italy 
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June 27-July 1, ParisFrance
Paris Fashion Week (Mode à Paris)

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July 2-5, ParisFrance
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July 14-18, Miami, FL
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September 12-16, ViennaAustria
MQ Vienna Fashion Week
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A Missoni runway show at Milan Fashion Week in Italy

September 19-25, Milan, Italy 
Milan Fashion Week

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September 21-26, LondonUnited Kingdom 
London Fashion Week

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September 25-October 3, ParisFrance
Paris Fashion Week (Mode à Paris)

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October 17-22, Los AngelesCA
Style Fashion Week LA
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Fashion Fringe at Covent Garden

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Date TBA, ParisFrance
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Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2013 Collections
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Snow causes disruption across UK

Heavy snow has brought disruption to many parts of Britain, with road closures and flight cancellations.

Up to 16cm (6in) of snow fell in some areas, and icy conditions have prompted warnings from the Met Office. as the skies clear during the day.

Scores of road accidents were reported overnight, and on the M40 about 100 vehicles were stranded.

A third of flights from Heathrow have been cancelled and some trains and Tube services disrupted.

Snow fell over parts of Scotland, Wales, northern England and the Midlands on Saturday before sweeping down to London and East Anglia.

Church Fenton, in North Yorkshire, reported 16cm (6in) of snow, contributing to more than 60 accidents on the region’s roads.

Rain or sleet is forecast once the snowfall eases on Sunday morning, but then clear skies will lead to widespread icy patches forming across much of England and Wales, the Met Office said, advising people to “be prepared”.

In other developments:

Train on snowy tracks Delays and cancellations were reported by many train companies

Heathrow operator BAA said on Saturday it was cancelling one-third of Sunday’s approximate 1,200 flights to “minimise disruption”.

Air passengers at London’s Heathrow and Stansted airports have been advised to contact their airline for more information about flights on Sunday. At Gatwick, flights arrivals and departures were operating.

At Luton Airport 10cm of snow fell overnight and its runway was closed for a period, causing three departing flights to be cancelled. But so far there have been no cancellations for Sunday, although the majority of flights are delayed for an hour or more.

A frozen waterfall in Yorkshire Temperatures have been so low that waterfalls in Yorkshire have frozen

British Airways said it would allow passengers scheduled to fly on Sunday to re-book for journeys between Monday and Thursday.

Stansted airport in Essex closed on Saturday night for a period to clear snow from its runway, while Birmingham Airport reopened after snow was cleared from the runway.

Leeds Bradford Airport has warned of delays or cancellations.

Richard Scott, from BAA, said because Heathrow operated at capacity, there was no slack in the system to deal with the reduced number of flights that could take off and land in bad weather.

He added: “If you can imagine you’re driving, you have to drive slower, leave more space for the car in front in fog, strong winds, snow. It’s the same with aircraft.

“If we don’t proactively cancel flights, the delays build and build and build and it’s much worse for passengers.”

Walkers in a London park The winter landscape enticed many walkers outside on Sunday

Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander said it seemed a sensible precaution.

“There are circumstances in which it is better for the airlines to act proactively rather than, as we have seen in the past, apparently being caught unawares and then the level of delays being experienced by passengers goes up, not down.”

On the roads, Thames Valley Police said as many as 100 vehicles were stationary on the M40 between Junction 4 High Wycombe and Junction 9 Bicester for several hours and snow ploughs were brought in to help clear the roads.

Motorist Katie Jones told BBC News she had spent hours sitting in her car on the M25 in Hertfordshire.

“We were stationary for about seven and a half hours. We passed cars abandoned in the side of the road, having crashed off. We passed lorries jack knifed across two, three lanes of the motorway and it’s been impassable in large part.”

Transport for London said several Tube lines were hit by suspensions or delays because of the weather late on Saturday.

This included the Central Line, where passengers became stuck on a train that broke down between Snaresbrook and South Woodford and say they were asked to walk 15 minutes down the tracks to the next station.

The RAC’s Kevin Andrews said heavy snow and sub-zero temperatures would create “a dangerous cocktail of driving conditions” and urged drivers to stay at home where possible.

February has seen daytime temperatures plunge four or five degrees lower than average over the past few days, and cold conditions are likely to continue into the early part of next week.

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The River Swale near Reeth in Yorkshire is frozen in places
The Met Office has issued weather warnings for across the country

Most parts of the UK are due to see heavy snow later, bringing disruption to roads, rail and air travel.

Snow has fallen in south Scotland, the West Midlands and north-east England, with the Met Office issuing severe weather warnings for much of the UK.

Forecasters say 5-10cm (up to 4in) will fall in central, eastern and southern England, including London, with the heaviest falls expected after dusk.

BAA has cancelled one-third of Sunday’s flights from Heathrow Airport.

Heathrow’s chief operating officer Normand Boivin said the decision to introduce a revised flight schedule before snow had fallen was taken in an effort to minimise disruption to passengers.

A list of which flights will operate will be available on the Heathrow website from around 1800 GMT on Saturday.

Passengers at London Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted are advised to contact their airline for more information.

Sporting postponements

Air travel has already been disrupted across the whole of Europe – flights from Rome and Amsterdam’s Schiphol airports to UK destinations, and Saturday morning flights to Amsterdam from Birmingham, Manchester and Heathrow were cancelled or delayed.

A snow plough clears the A93 near the Spittal of Glenshee, Tayside Treacherous driving conditions are expected on Sunday morning

Due to the worsening conditions, British Airways says it will allow passengers booked on Sunday flights to re-book for journeys between Monday and Thursday.

A spokeswoman said the airline would assess flying conditions throughout the weekend.

Sporting fixtures have been badly affected, with many football and race meetings cancelled.

The Met Office has issued amber “be prepared” warnings for snow and ice across most of Britain, with yellow “be aware” alerts for the Highlands and Northern Ireland.

Ice danger

Light snow flurries began falling in Manchester around midday, leaving a covering over rooftops.

The icy conditions prompted North West Ambulance Service to ask people to stay indoors following an increase in fall-related 999 calls.

Forecasters say there is potential for transport disruption and warn motorists to take shovels, warm clothes and fully charged phones.

The Highways Agency has extended its amber alert until 09:00 GMT on Sunday, meaning there was a “high probability” of severe snow affecting the road network.

BBC forecaster Louise Lear said a band of wet weather would fall as snow as it moved south and east, with the bulk falling after Saturday teatime.

“We could see five to 10cm of snow quite quickly across central and eastern England, and maybe as much as 10 to 15cm on higher ground.”

Ice would become an added danger on the roads by Sunday morning, she added.

The RAC’s Kevin Andrews said the situation was likely to deteriorate throughout Saturday and urged drivers to stay at home where possible.

“It looks like we’re going to get a dangerous cocktail of driving conditions this weekend, with heavy snow and sub-zero temperatures making the roads extremely treacherous.”

‘Gritter Twitter’

The motoring organisation was attending 70% more breakdowns than usual. An AA spokesman said it was dealing with around 1,500 vehicles per hour on Saturday morning and was expecting double the normal level of callouts.

February, traditionally the coldest month of winter, has seen daytime temperatures plunge four or five degrees lower than average over the past few days.

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A temperature of -12.4C (9.7F) was recorded in South Newington, Oxfordshire, overnight – the lowest this season, the Met Office said.

The cold conditions are likely to continue into the early part of next week.

The Local Government Association said motorists were being advised to check the latest weather and gritting updates on council websites and “gritter Twitter” feeds.

British Gas said its engineers were on stand-by in all-weather 4x4s, and the Department for Transport said Britain’s salt stocks stood at more than 2.4 million tonnes – a million more than last year.

The charity Age UK said it was a dangerous time for older people with low temperatures raising blood pressure, which put people at greater risk of heart attacks and strokes as well as the risk of flu.

Racing off

In Championship football, Saturday’s games at Portsmouth and Doncaster have been postponed.

In League One, frozen pitches meant only matches at Carlisle, Huddersfield, Sheffield Wednesday and Wycombe survived. All League Two fixtures bar Plymouth’s with Southend were postponed.

A man ice skates on the frozen fens in Welney, Norfolk The cold weather is expected to continue into next week

Falkirk’s Scottish Cup match at Ayr was called off and, of the league programme, only the Third Division games at East Stirling, Montrose and Queens Park went ahead.

Horse racing fixtures at Ffos Las, Sandown and Wetherby on Saturday were called off. Sunday’s meeting at Kempton will be subject to an inspection at 08:00 GMT.

Wolverhampton’s all-weather meeting was abandoned after four races because of snow.

The weather warnings in Britain follow a freeze across many parts of Europe, where temperatures have fallen as low as -30C in some parts, and scores of people have died, including more than 100 in Ukraine.

Freezing weather has led to a shortage of vital Russian gas supplies to several countries, and Italy has seen its coldest week for 27 years.

 

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Ringo Starr: ‘I have a very good life’

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  • In recent weeks, Ringo Starr has been busy promoting “Ringo 2012,” his 17th solo album
  • “The inspiration behind the CD is that’s what I do,” Starr says
  • Starr says he and Paul McCartney “might play together, but it is not like a reunion”

(CNN) — Ringo Starr walks into the hotel suite at the Beverly Hills Hotel carrying a brown paper bag.

It’s his sack lunch, and he’s packed it himself. He’s also driven himself to the hotel and arrived alone — no entourage, no bodyguard, no assistant, no fuss.

It’s fitting that CNN’s interview with the iconic music star is taking place at an iconic hotel, which is like a second home to the former Beatle. This is where the Fab Four stayed when they first came to Hollywood in 1964, no doubt trailed by dozens of screaming girls and photographers as they ushered in the British Invasion.

Looking at least a decade younger than his 71 years, Starr settles into the corner of a couch and talks about celebrity then vs. celebrity now — this from the perspective of a man who has been famous for nearly 50 years.

“I feel like it’s harder now for the celebrities,” he tells CNN Entertainment Correspondent Kareen Wynter. “There was no one bigger than us, and we were put upon. Then, Paul and I would go on holiday, or John and I would go on holidays, and we’d be fine. Now you can’t go anywhere. The celebrity of today is so documented that I think it’s a lot harder now. We had it easy. We thought it was hard, but not compared to today.”

In 2012, his star hasn’t waned. It has just taken on a comfortable glow. As one of two surviving Beatles, people are treating him like a living treasure — and these days, he and Paul McCartney seem to be treasuring each other. Starr remains touched that Macca showed up at his 70th birthday party at Radio City Music Hall.

“I had no idea he was coming,” he recalls. “He jumped up to do the Beatle track, ‘Birthday.’ Nobody told me that he snuck in, and that he rehearsed with the band.”

In recent weeks, Starr has been busy promoting “Ringo 2012,” his 17th solo album. He produced it himself and recorded it in Los Angeles with a number of his buddies, including producers Don Was and Dave Stewart and Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh, who also happens to be his brother-in-law.

Below is a portion of CNN’s conversation with Starr about his new CD, his relationship with McCartney and whether there will ever be a Beatles reunion.

CNN’s Kareen Wynter: What was your inspiration behind the new album?

Ringo Starr: The inspiration behind the CD is that’s what I do. I love to play, I love to hang out with musicians and I like to make records, actually. I like to write songs, and I like to collaborate with other writers. It generally keeps me busy. When I’m not doing that, I like to paint, I like to watch TV, I like to go to the cinema, I like to do all that stuff. But I LOVE hanging out with musicians and playing my drums.

CNN: What drives you after having such a long career?

Starr: You get up in the morning and you start the day. I like to get up early, and I don’t like to get up and get right at it. I like to sort of work my way into the day, and then whatever comes along, I say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to.

CNN: Does anything shock you anymore?

Starr: Nothing shocks me, no — not on TV. It is how it is now. It’s a pity that a lot of the reality singing shows — somebody gets a shot for a minute, and even the winner seldom lasts more than a year. I played a lot of hours to get where I am, and it was a gradual build-up. So to go from nothing to the biggest thing in life — you can’t handle it. It was hard enough, and thank God, there were four of us to keep each other in some sort of reality. We all went mad separately, but we had each other, and we all came through gradually. So I think we were blessed that way.

CNN: You got me on, “We all went mad separately.”

Starr: Well, we did, because we all had our moment, and then John or one of them would look at me and say, “Excuse me?!” and pull you back, you know?

CNN: Do you miss those days? Four instead of two?

Starr: Well, of course I miss them. We were great friends, and we played a lot together, and we went through the madness together. There were only four people who understood what we went through, and it’s down to two now. There is nothing I can do to change that. I would like to be able to change it, but I don’t have that power.

CNN: Can you put the rumors to rest: Will there be a Beatles reunion at the 2012 Olympics in London?

Starr: How can there be? Oh no, I’ll be here. I’m already booked in America.

CNN: Paul said you may want to do it.

Starr: Paul can do it.

CNN: But it’s not the same without you.

Starr: Well, he is doing quite well without me. He is doing OK.

CNN: You’re part of the act.

Starr: Well, we had a great time at my birthday. He surprised me in New York, and he jumped up to do the Beatle track “Birthday,” and I was not going to miss that so I just ran to the drum kit, and that was fun. We have played a couple of times together. We did the David Lynch show a couple of years ago, so we have done that. But I will not be at the Olympics. I have to be very definite about that because they will say, “Oh, is he coming? Isn’t he coming?” No, I am not going — but to all the athletes, “Peace and Love!”

CNN: What about in the future?

Starr: Well, the door is open that Paul and I might play together, but it is not like a reunion. It is not going to be the Beatles, you know? They have those crazy ideas that maybe we could use their children. It is never going to happen.

CNN: What is your relationship with Paul like?

Starr: It’s good. After all of the time, everybody has ups and downs. So we have ups and downs, but it is very up right now. I am so pleased for him and Nancy. We love Nancy.

CNN: Their wedding was beautiful. What was it like seeing them walk through those chapel doors?

Starr: Great. It was great, and he seems really happy and that is good. As I said, we love Nancy, so I think it’s a great moment for him.

CNN: How would you describe Nancy?

Starr: Very down to earth. Very easy. She mixes right in and she loves music, so it can’t be bad. And, you know, she is a very beautiful woman. Regal is a great word. Regal Nancy.

CNN: The Beatles came up during a tumultuous time. Do you see any parallels between that period and what’s happening today?

Starr: As we all know, the world is going through a change, especially in Egypt and the Arab countries. America had to go through its change. England has been through several changes. France has been through a really big change. So it is just part of life, and God bless them. And it is great to see there is a lot of this (gives peace sign) going on in the world, and that is what it’s about. We would love to be able to say, “OK, it’s a peace and love takeover.” But usually whoever is in power, as it seems, is injuring a lot of its own people.

CNN: You really represent your “Peace and Love” theme. What do you hear from young people when they approach you?

Starr: A lot of young people love “Peace and Love.” I mean, they would like it to be that way. That is the way we all thought. But a lot of work goes into it. I just keep it going because it is a second in my life to think, “Peace and Love.” How great is that? So if you put all of those seconds together, then soon you have got some time and it will make a change.

CNN: What’s next for you?

Starr: Well, I think you tackle that as it comes along. I am making records, I am going on tour, and then I am off to do whatever else I want to do. So I have a very good life.

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Mining giant Xstrata and commodities trader Glencore International have announced they are in talks over a possible merger.

Xstrata shares jumped 10% as it said it had been approached by Glencore regarding a “merger of equals”.

Glencore shares rose 5.4% in London. The company has annual revenues of about $90bn (£56bn).

Earlier reports had suggested that a merger between the two would create a firm with a combined value of $80bn.

However, Xstrata – which has annual revenues of about $30bn – said in a statement that there was no certainty that any offer would be made.

Glencore now has until 1 March to make a formal offer under UK takeover rules.

BBC business editor Robert Peston summed up the deal as: “One trades, one digs, often in poorer countries.”

Trading giant

Charles Cooper, an analyst at Oriel Securities, noted that Glencore would have to offer a “pretty significant” premium for the deal to go through.

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For Glenstrata the question is whether the rise in price and increases in demand for copper, iron and coal and all those other feedstocks of the still fast-growing Chinese economy can go on forever.”

image of Robert Peston Robert Peston Business editor, BBC News

This is because Xstrata currently has a bigger market valuation than Glencore, because Xstrata makes its profits from its lucrative mining operations rather than trading commodities.

Xstrata is currently worth about £36.5bn, whereas Glencore is worth £31.5bn.

“If the deal happens, Glencore would go from making its money primarily from its trading arm to a copper/coal company,” he told the BBC. “That would be broadly positive for Glencore’s shareholders.”

The histories of both firms are intertwined.

Glencore already has a 34% stake in Xstrata, which was formed in 2002 when it bought Glencore’s coal assets.

Xstrata mines copper in South America, zinc in Spain, and ferrochrome and vanadium in Australia and South Africa.

Glencore extracts, ships and refines raw materials from coal to corn.

Mr Cooper noted that any deal would probably not face regulatory hurdles – the combined company would still only be the world’s fourth-largest miner.

The Financial Times reported that a deal could be announced as soon as next week, before Xstrata’s annual results on Tuesday.

Glencore raised about £6.8bn in May last year when it floated its shares in London and Hong Kong.

The listing was London’s largest initial public offering.

Glencore is the world’s largest commodities trader, employing about 54,800 people in 30 countries. It made a profit of $3.3bn last year.

It trades metals and minerals, as well as energy and agricultural products, and has benefited from the recent growth in demand for commodities, especially from China.

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Reggae emerges in California –   Jah Sun on the Rise!

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JAH SUN “Battle the Dragon” Promo Mix by DJ CHILD of P.G.M.

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From the heart of Humboldt County, California, where the redwoods meet the Pacific, Jah Sun emerges as an artist dedicated to global and social healing. Fusing the sounds of hip-hop, reggae and world music with conscious and uplifting lyrics, he hopes to awaken the human spirit and inspire others to live to their ultimate potential.

 

Jah Sun brings his message of love and unity with a variety of vocal styles. From fierce hip-hop explo- sions, to melodic ballads, rootsy anthems and sensual dancehall licks, he brings something for everyone. Re- gardless of style, the common theme throughout all his music is the consistent message of positivity, love and respect, and kindness to all.

 

Jah Sun has gained great recognition in the reggae industry and other mainstream markets. In 2006, he was nominated for “Hip-Hop Single of the Year” at the ‘LA Music Awards’. In that same year, his single entitled ‘Fyah Dance’ was featured on the fall season premiere of MTV’s hit show, “Laguna Beach”. This momentum continued the following year when FUEL TV’s Vans Downtown Showdown featured singles “The Height of Light” and ‘Nuff a Dem’. To date, “No Bonez No Blood” has received the most international recognition with the highest rotation on radio and television worldwide.

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One thing that is for sure about Jah Sun, is that since he appeared on the scene in 2006 he has been one of the fastest rising reggae talent in Northern California, selling thousands of albums and touring some of the most popular festivals in the west coast including: Reggae Rising, Earthdance, Monterey Bay, Seattle Hempfest and Northwest World Reggae Festival. Jah Sun continues to gain new fans every step of the way even in Europe where he has recently captured audiences in major cities in Italy, Sweden and Spain.

His most recent project is the recording of his newest album “Battle the Dragon” which he says was inspi- red by “the state of the world” in this current time. He explains that people are constantly battling with different elements from “the rebellions in the middle east, the riots in London and even our own – Occupy Wallstreet”, the album is an expression of how we should combat these negative situations as “it is evident that the world is ready for a new paradigm.”

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Battle ‘the dragon’ can mean different things to different people, but he believes the “the dragon is an illu- sion that we are not all one people, and that we are separate from the earth and each other.” Jah Sun ex- presses great passion in the execution of his work, using personification and imagery to tell his story. In his opinion, the victory in the battle can only be achieved when people realise that that they are in fact connected to the world and each other. “I feel this is the only way to restore harmony to the earth and her children,” he said.

 

Like his recent records, the current album will feature collaborations with some of the biggest names in reggae including MOBO award winner Alborosie from Italy, Gentleman from Germany, J Boog representing the Pacific Islands, Gappy Ranks out of London and Mr. Perfect from Jamaica – the original home of reggae music. According to the Cali native, the artistes featured were carefully selected and their contribution symbolises the enormity of reggae music’s impact around the world.

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“On this album I wanted to show how the music and message from Jamaica has spread all over the world. I wanted to feature guests from all over the world to show the unity in the music,” he explained. This is the fourth album recorded by the artiste since his debut in 2006. “Battle the Dragon” is scheduled to be released in 2012. The newest singles are currently available on itunes including tracks from his pre- vious albums ‘Height of Light’, ‘Stronger’ and ‘GRAVITY’ .

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