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David Beckham shows he can still blast it into the top corner

It’s been an unpleasant start to the season for the LA Galaxy. On Saturday night they looked more like reigning MLS champions after a 3-1 win over Portland that was topped off by a beautiful goal from David Beckham.

Beckham was given too much time and far too much open space in the middle of the pitch to blast his shot into the top corner from distance. And the result seemed inevitable even though he was subbed out of the last match he played at halftime. But, as everyone should know by now, David Beckham has a habit of reminding people that he’s still got it whenever they start to doubt him.


By Brooks Peck | Dirty Tackle – 21 hours ago


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BBC’s Jim Muir: “People have started voting… but there are also reports of shelling and shooting in many parts of the country”

The Syrian government is holding a referendum on a new constitution as violence continues around the country, killing at least 20 people.

The new constitution calls for a multi-party parliamentary election within three months.

The opposition has boycotted the vote, calling it a farce and demanding President Bashar al-Assad stand down.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said “there’s every possibility” Syria could descend into civil war.

But she warned “outside intervention” could exacerbate the situation. “I think that as you try to play out every possible scenario, there are a lot of bad ones that we are trying to assess,” she told the BBC.

Activists say more than 89 people died across Syria on Saturday.


The Syrian government has pressed ahead with organising the referendum despite the unrest, setting up more than 13,000 polling stations for 14.6m voters.

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At the scene

image of Lina Sinjab Lina Sinjab BBC News, Damascus

The streets are filled with billboards encouraging people to vote for the constitution but the polling stations I visited were nearly empty.

At one school, two people showed up to vote in the 20 minutes I was there, although Ahmad Baalbaki, who was supervising the process, said 300 people had cast their vote.

Muneira, a housewife, says she voted “yes”. She hasn’t read the constitution but she supports the president.

In a central square, a pro-Assad rally is taking place in support of the constitution.

Nearby, a group of young men and women were handing out booklets to encourage people to vote.

One of them, Husein Saqer, said:”People don’t want to vote because they see no difference between this one and the other constitution, but we are here to tell them to vote”.

Voting began at 07:00 (05:00 GMT) and polling stations are due to stay open for 12 hours.

State television showed people voting in Damascus and various other places, and it all looked fairly normal, the BBC’s Jim Muir reports from neighbouring Lebanon.

But, he added, in many other parts of the country, it is far from normal, with explosions and shooting reported from the east, west, north and south – in areas where violence has been going on for months.

At least nine civilians and four soldiers were killed in the embattled city of Homs, the UK-based activist group, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said.

Violent clashes were reported in the central city of Hama, the north-western province of Idlib and in Daraa province, south of Damascus.

The vote is on a new constitution that would allow for more opposition to Mr Assad’s Baath Party, but it has been rejected out of hand by critics of the government.

One group described the new constitution as fraudulent and the referendum as a farce.

It pointed out that the regime had never respected the old constitution, which enshrines freedom of speech and peaceful demonstrations and bans torture.

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Hillary Clinton: “I think there is every possibility of a civil war”

Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu expressed doubt about the timing of the vote: “On one hand you say you are holding a referendum and on the other you are attacking with tank fire on civilian areas.

“You still think the people will go to a referendum the next day in the same city?” he said at a news conference in Istanbul.

The US has dismissed the referendum as “laughable”.

Friends of Syria

The Observatory said Saturday’s deaths included 24 civilians in the embattled city of Homs and that 23 government soldiers were killed in clashes with rebel groups across the country.

The Red Cross has been trying to evacuate more people trapped in Homs’s Baba Amr suburb but admitted it had made no progress on Saturday.

Among those it is trying to help are two injured Western journalists, Edith Bouvier and Paul Conroy. It also wants to retrieve the bodies of another two journalists, Marie Colvin and Remi Ochlik, who were killed last week.

Footage of mourning in the Khalidieh district of Homs, 25 Feb 2012 Footage of mourning in the Khalidieh district of Homs was broadcast on YouTube

Hundreds of armed rebels from the Free Syrian Army are holding out in Baba Amr.

Meanwhile, international pressure is mounting on Mr Assad to end his government’s 11-month crackdown on opponents.

Kofi Annan, the former UN secretary general who has been appointed the UN and Arab League’s envoy to Syria, called for all parties to co-operate in finding a peaceful solution to the crisis.

On Friday, a meeting of the “Friends of Syria” group was held in the Tunisian capital, Tunis.

Delegates from 70 countries issued a declaration calling on the Damascus government to end violence immediately, allow humanitarian access, and permit the delivery of relief supplies.

The UN estimated in January that 5,400 people had been killed in the conflict. Activists say the death toll now is more than 7,300.

The Syrian regime restricts access to foreign journalists and casualty figures cannot be verified.

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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Drowned boy’s dad angry at teachers, says he wants closure



BRYAN’S BAY, Portland — Horace Burke stood on the beach in this town on Jamaica’s north-eastern coast Friday looking out at the same angry sea that had taken his 16-year-old son Shane the day before.

The father’s grief gave way to anger at the teachers who took his son and 39 other students to Shanshy Beach without permission.

Horace Burke (left) listens to a man at the bar at Shanshy Beach in Portland on Friday. Burke was at the beach hoping that a search team would recover the body of his son, Shane, who, along with schoolmate Demel Osburne, drowned there Thursday afternoon. (Photos: Everard Owen)

“This is one hundred per cent negligence,” he fumed.

The elder Burke said he was told that a member of the group alerted the others to the fact that Shane and 17-year-old Demel Osburne were in difficulty in the water.

“Someone said ‘Shane a drown’, and dem say a prank and dem take it for a joke, and two a dem drown,” Burke lamented as he looked across to Navy Island.

The tragic deaths rocked the country Friday after it emerged that the bus carrying the group of St Andrew College students diverted to Portland instead of returning directly to Kingston after a field trip to St Mary to complete a School-Based Assessment (SBA) project.

“My son was destined for St Mary — St Mary Bananas — to do his SBA, and ended up in Portland in tragedy,” Burke said. “My baby mother signed for him to go to St Mary for his SBA. The principal said they had permission to go to St Mary and not Portland.”

On Friday, principal Donovan Isaacs was furious as he confirmed that the signed agreement between the school and parents was for the students to be taken to St Mary only.

Yesterday, the Observer on Saturday reported that the school board will decide this week whether to impose sanctions on the teachers who were on the field trip.

While this will probably bring the closure that Burke seeks, his immediate concern is that the search team will recover his son’s body, just as they did Demel’s.

“All now we caan find my son, so mi still a look out, still a hope fi find him to bring closure to the situation, fi mek him know seh mi love him and want him where mi deh still,” said Burke. “If he is out there I want to find him. After mi bury him, mi really want to hear what happened as mi no hear nothing yet.”

Burke said that at first the information he received about the tragedy was confusing. He said he received a call at about 3:00 pm telling him that his son died in St Mary. After that he heard that it was in Portland.

“I want to bring closure to this. Mi a hear sketchy, sketchy news how him drown,” said Burke.

He described his son as a good boy who always tried to do his best academically, even though he was not a student who got excellent grades.

Despite his grief, Burke had a word of advice for other parents: “Make sure that you have full details of where your children are going and who they are going out with.”

He also pleaded with school administrators to ensure that when they take students out they must all be accounted for and supervised properly.

Yesterday, the search for Shane’s body ended without success.

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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The body of a 12th victim of the Costa Concordia disaster -- a woman wearing a lifejacket -- was found on the wreck of the cruise ship on Saturday.
The body of a 12th victim of the Costa Concordia disaster — a woman wearing a lifejacket — was found on the wreck of the cruise ship on Saturday.

  • NEW: The body of a woman is found, still wearing a life jacket, authorities say
  • Search-and-rescue teams resume work after stopping overnight for safety
  • Authorities are preparing to remove 2,400 tons of fuel from the ship
  • The Costa Concordia hit rocks on January 13 with about 4,200 people aboard

Giglio, Italy (CNN) — Italian search-and-rescue teams have found another body aboard the partly sunken cruise ship Costa Concordia, civil protection office spokeswoman Francesca Maffini said Sunday.

The woman is the 13th confirmed victim of the wreck on January 13.

Divers are working to recover the body, which was found underwater on bridge number 7, Maffini said. The victim was wearing a life jacket, she said.

The discovery leaves about 19 people still missing since the ship hit rocks in the shallow waters off the coast of Tuscany, according to CNN count.

A 12th body was found within the ship Saturday afternoon, according to Italian authorities.

The body of a woman wearing a life jacket was discovered in an area of the ship that was under water, Maffini said.

A committee comprising the parties involved in the rescue told a briefing for reporters and residents on the island that search and rescue efforts will continue — but that the environmental risk is also becoming urgent.

Cruise rescue operation resumes

Photos: Cruise ship runs aground off Italy Photos: Cruise ship runs aground off Italy

Costa Concordia tragedy: A look back

‘Many heroes’ on ship says passenger

Officials said they cannot predict how long it will take to clear the wreckage, since that depends on maritime conditions and technical difficulties, but all legal, environmental and human factors will be taken into account.

“It’s time for Italy to show it can do something right and do it well,” Gabrielli said.

Gabrielli, who leads Italy’s civil protection agency, warned that the task ahead was complicated and daunting, not least because it takes about 45 minutes to search each cabin, using special cameras and divers.

The giant Costa Concordia had 1,500 cabins on board.

Gabrielli said no fuel oil had yet leaked from the ship — only kitchen and engine oil — and that he did not see an immediate risk of the 2,400 tons on board escaping.

A plan to remove the fuel oil has been approved, he said, and will begin once experts give the go-ahead.

Booms have been put in place around the ship to stop the spread of oil and other pollutants such as detergents and sewage chemicals. With 4,000 people aboard, the ship was the size of a small town, Gabrielli said.

Fuel will be replaced with water as it is removed from the ship’s tanks to keep the ship balanced, said Adm. Ilarione Dell’Anna, head of coastal authorities for the port city of Livorno.

Gabrielli said Costa Cruises, the company that owns the cruise ship is cooperative and was proving responsible, despite past errors.

Both Costa Cruises and authorities have criticized Capt. Francesco Schettino, who is under house arrest and faces possible charges of manslaughter, shipwreck and abandoning ship.

An audio recording obtained by Italy’s Repubblica newspaper and published Saturday shows that the captain, at least at the outset of the incident, assured authorities he would do the right thing.

According to the recording, an Italian Coast Guard official asks Schettino how many people needed to be evacuated to the top of the ship to be rescued on life boats.

Cruise survivors: ‘It was pitch black’

Coast guard looks at wrecked Concordia

Woman defends cruise ship captain

“About two of three hundred people still,” the captain says.

The Coast Guard asks — will everyone evacuate, or will someone stay behind?

“I will stay here,” Schettino answers, saying that he believed that the boat was done leaning over.

Other audio recordings previously released, however, indicate that Schettino did not stay on board, but left the ship, to the anger of authorities.

The office of prosecutor Francesco Verusio said it would lodge an appeal against the investigating judge’s decision to grant the captain house arrest.

Verusio has said he that the captain should be in jail given the flight risk, and the gravity of his crimes.

Schettino’s lawyer, Bruno Leporatti, spoke to Italian news channel Sky Tg24 on Friday, urging people to reserve judgment on the captain until they have all the facts.

Schettino’s leadership has been repeatedly questioned. Earlier this week, a cook from the ship told a Filipino television station that the captain ordered dinner for himself and a woman at about 10:30 p.m. — less than an hour after the collision.

However, a Moldovan woman, Domnica Cemortan, 25, who also works for the cruise line but said she was on the Concordia as a passenger, defended the captain in a TV interview.

“I’ve heard in Russian media that the captain left the ship first, or among the first. But this is not true,” she said.

Prosecutors have accused the captain of piloting the ship too fast to allow him to react to dangers, causing the shipwreck, according to legal papers.

There were roughly 4,200 people on the Costa Concordia when it ran aground — about 3,200 passengers and 1,000 crew members. The vast majority fled the ship safely.

The BBC’s Bethany Bell reports on the search for survivors ”above and below” the cruise ship

Three survivors have been found on the stricken cruise ship Costa Concordia, more than 24 hours after it ran aground off the Italian coast.

An Italian crew member with a serious leg injury has now been airlifted to the mainland, hours after a South Korean couple were rescued.

Three people are confirmed dead and about 40 are unaccounted for.

The captain of the Costa Concordia, Francesco Schettino, has been arrested on suspicion of causing deaths.

Prosecutors say he left the ship before evacuation was complete.

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There was panic, like in a film, dishes crashing to the floor, people running, people falling down the stairs”

Fulvio Rocci Survivor

First officer Ciro Ambrosio has also been detained.

The ship’s operator, Costa Crociere, said the vessel had been following its regular course when it hit a submerged rock.

In a TV interview, ship’s captain Francesco Schettino said the rock was not marked on any maritime charts.

Police are investigating why the accident happened in calm conditions.


The honeymooning South Korean couple were located after rescuers heard voices from a cabin two decks down on the half-submerged ship late on Saturday. They were reached a few hours later.

The couple, both 29 years old, were both in good health when they were brought ashore.

The third survivor has been named as Manrico Gianpetroni, an Italian national and a senior member of the crew. He has serious leg injuries.

He was placed on a stretcher and winched up to a rescue helicopter, to be taken to hospital on the mainland.

Two French passengers and a Peruvian crew member died, and another 30 people were injured, two seriously.

Divers are continuing to search the ship, which is lying on its side near the Tuscan island of Giglio.

South Korean man is brought ashore after being rescued from Costa Concordia, 15 Jan 2012 The South Korean man was brought ashore on a rescue boat, after being found with his wife

The president of Costa Cruises, Gianni Onorato, said the main task for the company was now to assist survivors and help repatriate them.

He said it was difficult to determine what had happened, but that the ship had experienced a blackout after hitting “a big rock”.

Mr Onorato added: “We will be working in full transparency with Italian authorities” to understand the causes of the disaster.

He said normal lifeboat evacuation had become “almost impossible” because the ship had listed so quickly.

Francesco Schettino, the 52-year-old captain, had worked for Costa Cruises for 11 years.

The chief prosecutor in the city of Grosseto told reporters that Capt Schettino “very ineptly got close to Giglio”, according to Italy’s Ansa news agency.



Richard Westcott BBC transport correspondent

Investigators will now look into every aspect of this accident, but one of the key elements they will examine will be the electrical systems.

Modern ships tend to use electrical generators to drive the engines, so a power cut can leave the captain unable to steer away from danger.

Human error could also be a factor, and there will also be concern at the speed which the ship listed on to its side. Not only would that have been frightening, it seems to have affected the crew’s ability to launch some of the lifeboats.

All ships have to meet safety standards set out by the International Maritime Organisation. Crews are trained to deal with emergencies, and cruise companies stress this kind of accident is rare.

Italian, German, French and British nationals were among the 3,200 passengers on board. There were also 1,000 crew.

On Sunday morning, UK Foreign Secretary William Hague told Sky News all the Britons – 23 passengers and 12 crew – were now safe and accounted for.

Coast guard captain Cosimo Nicastro told Italian TV that divers had carried out an extensive search of the waters near the vessel and found no further bodies.

On Saturday, survivors were taken to Porta San Stefano, about 25km (15 miles) away on the mainland.

The BBC’s Alan Johnson at the scene says many arrived there still wrapped in blankets, and some were clearly very shaken by what they had endured.

Passenger Luciano Castro told Ansa news agency: “We heard a loud noise while we were at dinner as if the keel of the ship hit something.”

“The ship started taking in water through the hole and began tilting.”

The luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia lies on its side after running Giglio island, Italy, 14 January A big search-and-rescue operation continued overnight

Some passengers told the Associated Press news agency that the crew had failed to give instructions on how to evacuate the ship.

Several passengers compared the accident to the film Titanic, about the sinking of the giant ocean liner in April 1912 which claimed more than 1,500 lives.

Yes the new born is only 2 days old but already causing problems.

On Saturday evening  Beyonce gave birth to a baby girl, hours later reveal the name  BLUE IVY online and then start the havoc.  Since then this has been the topic on twitter, some giving their congratulations and others giving their own definition for the name Blue Ivy, —

Over One million tweets – Saying Ivy Blue Means: ‘I.V.Y = Illuminati’s Very Youngest B.L.U.E = Born Living Under Evil. Spelt Backwards (Eulb Yvi) = Latin for “Lucifers Daughter”

While others have different opinions.

Lady Gaga SupportWrote: There’s a meaning in Ivy Blue. IVy = a roman numeral for 4 which is Beyoncé’s favorite number and BLUE for Jay-Z’s Blueprint albums.

One Comedian wrote: Ivy blue, blue ivy, IDGAF if her name was poison ivy! All I’m saying is… Y’all need to stfu… whatever this means.. Others wrote “Blue Ivy ? I don’t even know what that means but it’s provocative.

On the bright side – Tmz reported earlier that a company out in the Bosten area  which also happen to have the same name been getting lots of emails & phone calls non stop since and that they would love to do all the plannings and events for the new born.

They also mentioned that it would be great to have young BI as the face of their company: Could this already be a multil million dollar deal for the newest member of the rock nation, we will see, one thing for sure, money is definately not this baby problem.

Regarding to the name  Blue Ivy – Truth is no one really cares, the internet  is so at our finer tips nowadays we all want to be apart of everything. We here at DM wants to send our congratulation to the couple and their new Born.

Written by. R. Anthony

Demonstrators protest against Syria"s President Bashar al-Assad after Friday prayers in Idlib, 6 January 2012
The Syrian government has continued its crackdown
on protesters despite action by the Arab League.

Foreign ministers from the Arab League are due to meet to debate the initial findings of their mission in Syria and to discuss whether to ask for UN help.

An observer mission sent by the League to assess a peace plan has been criticised as toothless, as violence continued despite its presence.

At least 27 people died across the country on Saturday, activists said.

The clashes came as thousands joined a state-organised funeral for victims of a bomb blast on Friday in Damascus.

At least 26 people died in that attack, some of them members of the security forces.

‘More independently’

The Arab League observers have been in Syria since late December to monitor compliance with a peace plan under which the government promised to withdraw the military from the streets and cease its use of force against civilians.

At the scene

Mohammad Ballout BBC News, Bousra

The observers visited the town of Bousra on Saturday with their two vehicles escorted by 100 soldiers. They saw a police station destroyed by the insurgents.

The town shows signs of slipping into a sectarian conflict. Its Shia Muslim community of 9,000, living alongside 20,000 Sunnis, has seen its shops and property attacked.

One Shia was killed by angry Sunnis who accuse the Shia community of being in the pay of the regime with its allies, Hezbollah and Iran.

The observers crossed a line of demarcation through the centre of the town to meet, on their own, the people of the Sunni areas who are in revolt.

When they came back, a rally against the regime erupted. Demonstrators demanded the execution of President Assad. The army did not shoot and the observers acted as a buffer between the two sides.

On the way back, angry villagers stopped the convoy to demand and obtain a meeting with the observers. The army and the media retreated from the scene, allowing the observers to interpose yet again before leaving in peace for their base in Deraa.

The ministers meeting in Cairo are expected to examine a proposal by Qatar for UN human rights experts to be invited to assist their work, in order to judge whether the Syrian authorities are honouring their pledge.

They will also look at how the observers can operate more independently of Syrian authorities. Currently they are required to be escorted by members of the Syrian security officials.

The UN says more than 5,000 civilians have been killed since protests against President Bashar al-Assad began 10 months ago.

Critics say Mr Assad is using the monitors’ presence as a political cover and that attacks continue.

According to the Syrian opposition Local Co-ordination Committees (LCC), 27 people died around the country on Saturday – eight in Homs, 13 in Idlib, five in the suburbs of Damascus and one in Hama.

Local opposition groups said 35 had been killed on Friday, in the anti-government protests which have routinely followed Friday prayers. None of these numbers can be verified.

Pro-Assad chants

Saturday’s funerals were held at a mosque in the district of Midan, where Friday’s bomb attack took place. It is usually a hotbed of protests against the government.

Syria deaths

  • More than 5,000 civilians have been killed, says the UN
  • UN denied access to Syria
  • Information gathered from NGOs, sources in Syria and Syrian nationals who have fled
  • The death toll is compiled as a list of names which the UN cross-references
  • Vast majority of casualties were unarmed, but the figure may include armed defectors
  • Tally does not include serving members of the security forces

Source: UN’s OHCHR

But analysts said the ceremony and procession had clearly been organised by the authorities, with many participants carrying pictures of Mr Assad or national flags, which were also used to cover the coffins.

Some of those taking part were also heard chanting pro-government slogans, like “The people want Bashar al-Assad!” and “One, one, one, the Syrian people are one!”.

The Damascus blast happened at a busy junction in the Midan district of Damascus.

Interior Minister Ibrahim al-Shaar blamed the attack on a suicide bomber, who he said had “detonated himself with the aim of killing the largest number of people”.

The government has vowed to “strike back with an iron fist” against the perpetrators.

But the country’s main opposition coalition, the Syrian National Council (SNC) said the attacks had been carried out by Mr Assad’s government to discredit its critics.

Two weeks ago 44 people died in similar blasts also blamed on terrorists but which opposition groups accused the government of staging.

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