That result means City go top on goal difference, with two games to play
Manchester City 83
Manchester United 83
He now faces Stephen Maguire, who sealed a 13-7 win over Joe Perry.
Pep Guardiola has decided he will not be Barcelona manager at the end of the season.The 41-year-old was appointed in 2008 and has led the Catalan club to 13 trophies. However, during this season Barcelona look like losing to Real Madrid in the La Liga and were of course knocked out of the Champions League by Chelsea.
He will be succeeded by current assistant Tito Vilanova, after deciding not to renew his rolling one-year contract.
“The reason is simple: four years is enough, ” he said
“I’m drained and I need to fill up. The demand has been very high and a manager must be strong.”
Charles Taylor, the former Liberian president, has been found guilty of aiding and abetting war crimes during the Sierra Leone civil war .
A UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone in The Hague, found him guilty beyond reasonable doubt of 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
He will serve his sentence in a British prison.
The events for which Taylor was charged run from November 1996 to January 2002.
Taylor provided rebel armies with weapons in exchange for diamonds during their operations to retake important districts and cities in Sierra Leone in 1998 and 1999.
Between November and December 1998, Taylor met a rebel leader, known as Bockarie in Monrovia, where they devised a two-pronged attack on Kono, Kenema and Freetown.
According to a 44-page summary of the judgement, Taylor had emphasised to Bockarie the need to first attack Kono District and told Bockarie to make the operation “fearful” in order to pressure the Government of Sierra Leone into negotiations on the release of another rebel leader Foday Sankoh from prison, as well as to use “all means” to get to Freetown. Subsequently, Bockarie named the operation “Operation No Living Thing,” implying that anything that stood in their way should be eliminated. …”
Yesterday, he described Gordon Brown as ‘unbalanced’, someone who had declared war on News Corporation in reponse to The Sun switching its support from Labour to David Cameron’s Conservatives.
Today, Rupert Murdoch admitted that he had missed the ‘cover-up’ at the News of the World, a newspaper he also said should have been closed down long ago.
When asked who the buck stopped with at all his newspapers, he replied the Editor, he, Rupert Murdoch, had of course overall responsibility, however he had delegated.
If the 81-year-old the standing of the media mogul had suffered from the phone hacking scandal, then his appearance today and yesterday at the Royal Courts of Justice may have gone someway to recovering any lost ground.
Great power is best exercised when it is understated, especially when it is exposed before the glare of the media spotlight.
And that is exactly what the world saw, as arguably one of the most powerful men in the world explained how he did not intefere in the running of his newspapers, content or welfare of staff and how he closed the NoW after revelations that the phone of tragic schoolgirl Milly Dowler had been hacked. He said he “could feel the blast coming in the window, almost”, as soon as the story broke.
All this will of course make the headlines, however what was perhaps more telling was how he viewed the future of the newspaper industry in the midst of the current electronic revolution.
He gave newspapers another ten years, this from a man for whom running a newspaper is clearly a passion.
How would the new media make money, well the Huffington Post was getting millions of hits but was struggling to make anything.
There are bloggers out there whose work can reach any where.
Work can be pilfered and then put out there with little or no respect for intellectual property rights.
If this was some else talking, then it could be dismissed as yet another world view, however here is the owner of The Sun (as well as Sunday), The Times and The Sunday Times admitting that he could not see a long term future for the newspaper industry.
Britain’s economy shrunk by 0.2 percent in the first three months of 2012 taking it back into recession.
The Office for National Statistics blamed a sharp fall in construction output for the contraction.
A recession is defined as two consecutive quarters of contraction. The economy shrank by 0.3% in the fourth quarter of 2011
The ONS said output of the production industries decreased by 0.4%, construction decreased by 3% and output of the service sector increased by 0.1%.
It added that a fall in public sector investment had contributed to the particularly large fall in the construction sector.
Frederic Michel, was head of public affairs at News Corp.
A June 2010 email said that Mr Michel had had a call from Mr Hunt’s adviser, Adam Smith, who said he believed that “the UK government would be supportive throughout the process”.
In an email sent on 15 November 2010, Mr Michel told Mr Murdoch “Jeremy” had tried to call him but had received “very strong legal advice not to meet us today as the current process is treated as a judicial one”. “My advice would be not to meet him today as it would be counter-productive for everyone, but you could have a chat with him on his mobile which is completely fine, and I will liaise with his team privately as well,” he wrote.
In another email – on 23 January 2011 – Mr Michel said: “He wants us to take the heat, with him, in the next 2 weeks”. He continued: “He very specifically said that he was keen to get to the same outcome and wanted JRM to understand he needs to build some political cover on the process.”
The next day Mr Michel told Mr Murdoch he had managed to get some information on Mr Hunt’s statement on the BSkyB bid to Parliament due the next day “although absolutely illegal..>!”.
Mr Murdoch told the inquiry that the reference had been a “joke”. “I think the ‘greater than’ and the exclamation point there are a wink – it’s a joke,” he said. Mr Michel’s written submissions to the inquiry suggested that he never had direct contact with Mr Hunt, despite giving the impressions in emails that he had. He explained that the “JH” or “he” in his emails were shorthand for Jeremy Hunt’s team. Mr Jay suggested that liaising with Mr Hunt via Mr Michel was a way of avoiding the appearance of inappropriate informal contact over the bid.
But Mr Murdoch said that it was “acceptable and part of the process”.