Sunday, September 30, 2007

Turks head to Shanghai to outdo disabilities

After being lit in Athens and traveling around the globe to more than 10 cities, the Flame of Hope is now in Shanghai to mark the beginning of the 2007 Special Olympics World Games, the sports competition in which athletes with mental retardation or developmental disabilities.

This year's Special Olympics will commence Oct. 2 with the participation of about 7,000 sports persons from over 150 countries competing in 20 categories. The 12th Special Olympics has another meaning for Turkey, as the country is sending its largest delegation yet with a squad of 62 athletes.

The Turkish squad, consisting squad chief and co-chief, 15 coaches and 7 staff members in addition to athletes, is now in its last days of training. The team is hopeful of its chances of coming back to the country with multiple medals in the eight branches it will compete in.

Hard to tell

It is hard to make estimations in intellectual disabilities' sports, as the daily factors such as motivation is crucial, says Gülay Taşpınar, general secretary of the Turkish Sports Federation for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities (ZESFED). However, we believe that our team will come away with medals, especially in swimming, athletics and basketball.

The team has had some financial problems that were overcome with the help of the government and the sponsors saying, explained Taşpınar. The better the budget is, the better the opportunities for preparing and rehabilitating our children.

Enabling the participation of the Turkish team is a joint effort of ZESFED and the Special Olympics in Turkey (SO Turkey). This cooperation starts with the selection of the players to the national team. Being educated in special schools, athletes with intellectual disabilities are scouted throughout the year. In addition to schools, SO Turkey and the federation's involvement in the selection process, rehabilitation centers, sports clubs and foundations also lend a helping hand.

From four to 15,000

Currently there are 15,000 licensed athletes in Turkey, a relatively low number considering the country's total population of intellectually disabled people is around two million. SO Turkey's sports expert, however, sees the glass as half full when seen in the context of how far the country has come. When it started in 1982, there were only four licensed (athletes), says Öncül. He adds that selecting 62 athletes from 40 cities for the Special Olympics is a feat not to be ignored, as even the basic task of selecting the branch in which an athlete will compete is difficult for the intellectually challenged.

Öncül adds that SO Turkey has greatly benefited from the Association for the Sports, Education and Rehabilitation for Special Athletes and its Honorary Chairwoman Dilek Sabancı.

Freed of monetary problems, the team is ready for the 11-day run in Shanghai. The squad has been in training camp since Sept. 21, reports Samet Öncül, the camp chief and football team coach, adding that the team's adaptation and cohesion is almost complete. Öncül believes that Turkish athletes have a serious chance of clinching medals, especially in individual categories as team sports are influenced by more varied factors.

This year is the first time in history that the Special Olympics head to Asia, and the distance may pose problems for the athletes, but Öncül is not losing any sleep over that matter. Turkish squads have traveled before, about 30 of the athletes have experienced competitions abroad and they can do it again, says the coach. This time the squad is bigger than ever, but this will not be a problem for the athletes, as many of them are familiar to each other from previous organizations.

When asked about the difficulties of working with intellectually disabled athletes, Öncül responds that he finds it more enjoyable. Obviously you need to make more repetitions when you show the moves, says Öncül. But if you are a volunteer, repetition does not bother you. Loving is enough, that is it.

The 40th anniversary

The Special Olympics World Games have grown to become one of the world's leading athletic events since the first competition was held in 1968 in the Mid-western United States' city of Chicago. The events are only a part of the Special Olympics concept, which was developed by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, sister of the former United States President John F. Kennedy. Starting as a U.S.-only project, it is responsible for the education and training of 2.5 million intellectually disabled athletes from over 200 countries.

As the event has the purpose of spreading the sports for everyone concept, the Special Olympics World Games fully develops the Olympics spirit, which objects to claims that winning is everything. The World Games in Shanghai prove that for someone, just competing is what matters most.

Turkish coach Samet Öncül's words sums up the spirit: We are doing what we can. We are having a good time.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

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Sunday, September 16, 2007

Canadian Wins Audience Prize at Toronto

Canadian director David Cronenberg's "Eastern Promises" picked up the award for fan favorite during the Toronto International Film Festival's closing award ceremonies Saturday.

The tense and bloody Russian mob drama set in London took the People's Choice Award on the final day of the 10-day festival to cheers from the crowd gathered at a downtown Toronto hotel.

Cronenberg was not on hand to pick up the award. He was in New York promoting the film, which has received glowing reviews in the U.S. and is doing well at the box office.

The film, starring Naomi Watts and Viggo Mortensen, features a memorable steam-room fight scene in which a fully naked Mortensen fights off would-be killers.

"Juno," a coming-of-age movie about teenage pregnancy by Montreal-born filmmaker Jason Reitman, was first runner-up for the audience award, while "Body of War," a documentary by one-time talk-show host Phil Donahue, was the second runner-up.

The Toronto-City Award for the best Canadian feature film went to Guy Maddin for "My Winnipeg," his personal portrait of his hometown. Stephane Lafleur's "Continental, Un Film Sans Fusil" won the prize for the best debut feature film by a Canadian.

The Deisel Discovery Award, voted on by the festival press corps, went to the Mexican film "Cochochi," about the journeys of two brothers after they get lost on a trip across Mexico.

The Artistic Innovation Award went to "Encarnacion," from Argentinian filmmaker Anahi Berneri, and Rodrigo Pia's "La Zona," a Spanish-Mexican co-production, took the International Critics award. The latter prize honors a movie by an emerging filmmaker making its world premier at the festival.

Nominees Celebrate on Eve of Emmy Awards

In their last hours as neither winners nor losers, Emmy nominees gathered to celebrate being in contention for American television's highest honor _ and to get free stuff.

On Friday, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences hosted a party honoring nominees for Sunday's 59th Primetime Emmy Awards, which will air on Fox.

Denis Leary, who is up for lead actor in a drama series for "Rescue Me," said the select group of actors showed up to receive certification that they were nominees.

"But no, really, the reason everybody's here: You get a swag bag," he told The Associated Press, apparently only half-joking. "That's why I'm here ... There's enough stuff in there _ there's probably eight or nine things _ that my wife gets something, and then we have something that we spread around with the relatives. So everybody's happy at the end."

Leary said he's rooting for James Gandolfini, star of the "The Sopranos."

"They should give him an Emmy that's even bigger than him, a chocolate Emmy that he can eat," Leary said. "I just think he's the greatest character in the history of television."

The reception at the Wolfgang Puck restaurant in the Pacific Design Center also included supporting-actress nominees Sandra Oh ("Grey's Anatomy") and Holland Taylor ("Two and a Half Men"). Supporting-actor nominees T.R. Knight ("Grey's Anatomy"), Neil Patrick Harris ("How I Met Your Mother"), August Schellenberg ("Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee") and Jon Cryer ("Two and a Half Men") showed up, too.

Cryer revealed that he and fellow nominee Felicity Huffman (lead actress in a comedy series, "Desperate Housewives") would be participating in a 22.5-mile triathlon Sunday before walking down the red carpet at the Shrine Auditorium. He expected endorphins to help keep him calm on Emmy night.

Last year, Cryer said he was nervous as a first-time nominee.

"I didn't know how I was supposed to act," he said. "I would just sort of sit around, going, 'Am I supposed to be sitting here? What's going on? Is there something we're supposed to be doing now?'"

Oscar winner Anna Paquin ("The Piano") said she was just too busy to fret about her Emmy nod as supporting actress in "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee."

"I'm about to start shooting a new series for HBO," Paquin said. "So that's really distracting me from feeling nervous about Sunday night."

Last year's lead-actress drama winner Mariska Hargitay ("SVU") said her previous Emmy and a new baby helped keep the event in perspective. After a baby "decisions come so much easier," she said.

"This year, it was so easy," she said. "I tried on this dress. It was the first dress I tried on, and, I said, 'I'm done.'"

Finding red-carpet couture wasn't quite as easy for Conchata Ferrell (supporting actress, "Two and Half Men").

"Particularly for a woman my size, it's really very difficult to find anything," she said. "There's no designer knocking on my door, going, 'Oh, here. Wear this,' she said. Ferrell eventually went to the set's costume designer, Mary T. Quigley, who came up with a silver sparkling number.

For Masi Oka (supporting actor, "Heroes") clothes weren't the problem for Emmy night. Finding a date was.

Even his own mother turned him down, choosing to stay home in Japan.

"My mom is actually very superstitious," he said. "She tells me every time she's in Japan, she gets good news, like 'I got nominated for a Golden Globe,' or 'I got nominated for an Emmy.'

"Anytime she's in the states, she gets bad news, like, 'I want to be an actor.'"

Friday, September 14, 2007

SoCal College Offers YouTube Class

Here's a dream-come-true for Web addicts: college credit for watching YouTube.

Pitzer College this fall began offering what may be the first course about the video-sharing site. About 35 students meet in a classroom but work mostly online, where they view YouTube content and post their comments.

Class lessons also are posted and students are encouraged to post videos. One class member, for instance, posted a 1:36-minute video of himself juggling.

Alexandra Juhasz, a media studies professor at the liberal arts college, said she was "underwhelmed" by the content on YouTube but set up the course, "Learning from YouTube," to explore the role of the popular site.

Class members control most of the class content and YouTube watchers from around the world are encouraged to comment, Juhasz said.

She hopes the course will raise serious issues about YouTube, such as the role of "corporate-sponsored democratic media expression."

YouTube is "a phenomenon that should be studied," student Darren Grose said. "You can learn a lot about American culture and just Internet culture in general."

Friday, September 7, 2007

7 U.S. troops killed in 2 Iraq attacks

BAGHDAD -- Four U.S. Marines were killed in fighting in Anbar province, and three soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb in northern Iraq, the military said Friday.

Britain's Defense Ministry announced Friday the death of British soldier killed two days earlier. It gave no details on where or how the soldier died.

The four Marines assigned to Multi National Force -- West were killed Thursday in combat in Anbar, a predominantly Sunni province west of Baghdad that has seen a recent drop in violence, according to a statement.

Three Task Force Lightning soldiers also were killed Thursday when a bomb exploded near their vehicle in the northern Ninevah province, the military said separately.

The deaths raised to at least 3,760 members of the U.S. military who have died since the Iraq war started in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count.

The British soldier killed was a member of the Parachute Regiment, the Ministry of Defense said. News of the death had been kept secret for more than two days for security reasons, the ministry said.

A total of 169 British armed forces personnel or civilian employees of the military have died in Iraq during the war, according to the ministry.

About 100 miles west of Anbar's capital city of Ramadi, insurgents blew up two suspension bridges on roads leading to Jordan and Saudi Arabia, a police intelligence officer said on condition of anonymity for security reasons.

A roadside bomb struck an Iraqi army patrol near Baqouba, killing one soldier and wounding two, while another roadside bomb killed one civilian and wounded four others southeast of Baghdad, police officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information.

Gunmen also opened fire on Sunni worshippers in a drive-by shooting following evening prayers late Thursday in the northern city of Kirkuk, killing at least three people and wounding four, police Col. Anwar Qadir said.

In operations Thursday and Friday, U.S. forces killed three al-Qaida in Iraq suspects and detained 18 others, the military said.

The three men were killed in an operation Friday morning targeting a suspected al-Qaida in Iraq leader north of Baghdad. Four other suspects were detained in that raid and ground forces destroyed four vehicles, the U.S. military said in a statement.

Anbar, where the Marines were killed, is a vast desert province that stretches west from Baghdad to the borders with Syria, Jordan and Saudi Arabia. It has been a Sunni insurgent stronghold but attacks against U.S. forces and Iraqis have tapered off since many Sunni tribal leaders joined forces with the United States against al-Qaida in Iraq.

The Iraqi government announced Thursday it was adding millions of dollars to the budget of the western province of Anbar to help rebuild the region.

The step came days after a surprise visit to the province by President Bush to Anbar where he met top Iraqi officials as well as tribal leaders.

During a conference held Thursday in the provincial capital of Ramadi, 70 miles west of Baghdad, the government allocated additional $70 million to the Anbar budget, Interior Ministry official Col. Tariq Mohammed Youssef said. He added that 6,000 jobs will be created for Anbar residents, although he did not give more specifics.

Another $50 million was allocated to compensate citizens who suffered from military operations.

Among those at the conference was Ryan Crocker, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, and Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del.

Top tribal leaders from Anbar were also present, including Abdul-Sattar al-Rishawi, head of the Anbar Salvation Council that spearheaded the fight against al-Qaida.

U.S. and Iraqi officials have touted Anbar as a success story in Iraq even as criticism mounts over the Iraqi government's efforts to achieve political reconciliation on other fronts.

A series of recent reports have offered a grim assessment of Iraq's political climate and the performance of its security forces as the U.S. ambassador and the top commander in Iraq Gen. David Petraeus prepare for congressional hearings beginning Monday.

An independent panel led by retired Marine Gen. James Jones recommended that the Iraqis assume more control of their nation's security and that U.S. forces, seen as an occupying and permanent force, should step back. Its report, presented to Congress on Thursday, contended that "significant reductions, consolidations and realignments would appear to be possible and prudent."

The Jones panel also found that Iraq's security forces would be unable to take control in the next 12 months to 18 months and recommended that its national police force be scrapped and entirely rebuilt because of corruption and sectarianism.

The Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress, reported Tuesday that Iraq has failed to meet 11 of its 18 political and security goals.

U.S. troop levels -- currently at a record 168,000 -- are expected to hit a high of 172,000 in the coming weeks, the Pentagon said Thursday.

Briton Freed From Pakistan Re-Arrested

LONDON (AP) - A Briton released by Pakistan after more than a year in custody was arrested shortly after his plane landed Friday at London's Heathrow Airport, police said.

A handcuffed Rangzieb Ahmed was pulled off the plane by armed police who boarded it as soon as its doors opened.

Manchester police, who made the arrest, said Ahmed was being held under Britain's terrorism laws.

Ahmed was arrested Aug. 25, 2006, in Pakistan's North West Frontier Province for alleged links with al-Qaida. A U.S. human rights group said he had been tortured in custody.

Pakistani officials did not charge him, and a review board headed by Supreme Court Justice Faqir Muhammad Khokhar ordered his release Aug. 31, the New York-based Human Rights Watch said.

"The fact is that during one year of detention, the Pakistanis, the British and the U.S. have been unable to unearth a shred of evidence against this person," said Ali Dayan Hasan, South Asia researcher for Human Rights Watch.

Ahmed said he was interrogated several times by U.S. law enforcement personnel from unidentified agencies and by British security services, but he denied wrongdoing and involvement with al-Qaida, Human Rights Watch said.

Ali said he did not know why Ahmed had been detained. Pakistan held Ahmed under its security powers and was not obliged to specify on what charges he was held, Ali said.

Manchester police said Ahmed was 32, while Pakistani officials said he was 30.

Ahmed, who was born in the northern England city of Manchester, traveled to Pakistan last year to visit relatives, said his brother, Mohammed Pervaiz.

Pervaiz said Ahmed was tortured in Pakistani custody and was told by a prosecutor in court that the government had "secret evidence" against him. British officials were not allowed to see Ahmed because Pakistan claimed he held joint Pakistani citizenship, he said.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

We need more off welfare into work: Hockey

MORE than two million working-age Australians receive welfare payments and do not work despite a national skills shortage, the Federal Government says.

Employment and Workplace Relations Minister Joe Hockey announced the figure today and said the Federal Government was committed to getting more Australians into work.

"We are not having enough children despite the baby bonus and we are running out of workers," Mr Hockey said.

"We can massively increase immigration, which Australians would not accept, or get people back to work.

"Through welfare to work laws, when a parent's youngest child reaches 15 they must go back to work, which has got 237,000 Australians into employment and helps keep the economy strong.

"We have not seen one Labor policy on this."

Labor workforce participation spokeswoman Penny Wong denied this and said the Government's mutual obligation policies were punitive and did not help people become more employable.

Ms Wong cited a 2007 Australian Council of Social Service study showing 60 per cent of single parents receiving welfare only had Year 10 school qualifications or less.

"The Howard Government's recent changes actually make it harder for people to get the training and education they need to get a job," she said.

"Under Labor, single parents and people with a disability who have part-time participation requirements would be able to fulfil those requirements through education or real training that leads to a job."

Mr Hockey earlier told a Human Resources Week business luncheon that a strong economy guaranteed protection of workers' rights more than laws.

"No laws can inoculate you against economic downturn but a strong economy can," Mr Hockey said.

Bush takes Rice as his date to PM's

GEORGE W. Bush's first dinner in Sydney kicked off with warm welcomes from Australia's leading men, a stand-in date for the US President and a request by him to see photos of Prime Minister John Howard's grandson.

Two New South Wales Police helicopters and at least 10 police and maritime boats were called into action to escort the leader of the free world to his evening engagements with Mr Howard and Governor-General Michael Jeffery.

Greetings and the exchange of pleasantries included a gesture by Mr Bush to invite US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to be his dinner date.

The President's evening itinerary started around 5pm (AEST) when he boarded a luxury cruiser for a short voyage across Sydney Harbour for a brief gathering with Maj Gen Jeffery and his wife Marlena at Admiralty House, followed by dinner next door at Kirribilli House hosted by Mr Howard and his wife Janette.

Mr Bush's motorcade swept down from his hotel to the Sydney Opera House, where he boarded the white cruiser, which earlier today took him to lunch at the Garden Island naval base.

Surrounded by police inflatables and under the cover of police helicopters, the boat set off across the harbour for Kirribilli.

Upon his arrival at the Admiralty House jetty, Mr Bush and Dr Rice were greeted by Major General and Mrs Jeffery.

The group then ascended the steps from the foreshore to the rear lawn of the residence where they posed for photos before going inside.

Mr Bush added his name to the visitor's book, with Maj Gen Jeffery remarking: "Glad to have you here in our Sydney residence."

After 30 minutes at Admiralty House, the group made the 30m walk to Kirribilli House for dinner with the Prime Minister and Mrs Howard.

The Howards greeted Mr Bush and Dr Rice at the front door, where Mr Howard said: "Welcome to Kirribilli House."

The President politely responded, "thanks for your hospitality".

Mr Bush also said he was "looking forward to seeing the pictures of the grandkid".

Mrs Howard replied "oh good, I'll have to find one".

During the exchange, and while cameras were firing away, Dr Rice slightly distanced herself from the heads of state which was met by a comment and gesture from Mr Bush, who is travelling without his wife Laura Bush.

He outstretched his arm across her shoulders and said "you can be my date".

The group then moved inside Kirribilli House where champagne was being served prior to dinner.

Among the dinner guests were Federal Government frontbenchers Treasurer Peter Costello, Defence Minister Brendan Nelson, Deputy Prime Minister Mark Vaile, Foreign Affairs Minister Alexander Downer and Environment Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Chinese leader honours former Labor PMs

CHINA'S President Hu Jintao has singled out three former Australian Labor prime ministers for particular praise at a Sydney dinner marking 35 years of diplomatic relations between Australia and China.

New South Wales Premier Morris Iemma was hosting the formal state dinner at the Chinese delegation's APEC base, the five-star Sofitel Wentworth Hotel in Sydney's city centre.

But Mr Iemma was overshadowed at the dinner by the trio of Labor elders attending, Gough Whitlam, Bob Hawke and Paul Keating.

Indeed, Mr Whitlam and Mr Hawke drew additional, unscripted praise from members of an Aboriginal dance group who used their microphones to laud the men during their performance.

But it was the 65-year-old leader of 1.3bn people who gave the final bow to the former prime ministers – Liberal Party figures were hard to find at the dinner.

"I want to thank in particular Mr Whitlam, Mr Hawke and Mr Keating for attending tonight's dinner," Mr Hu told the audience.

"I admire and highly appreciate your contribution to the establishment and the development of China-Australia relations."

Financial ratings wrap-up: MetroPCS, Motorola, Aruba Networks and more

The following list includes ratings changes and financial information for wireless companies announced this week by investment-banking and financial-services firms.


--R.W. Baird adjusted its third- and fourth-quarter estimates on MetroPCS Communications Inc. to reflect a delay in the launch of the company’s Los Angeles market. New estimates are 49 cents rather than 45 cents for the third quarter and 40 cents rather than 46 cents for the fourth quarter.

Handset and infrastructure vendors

--Lehman Brothers upgraded Motorola Inc. to overweight from equal weight and increased its price target to $20 from $18.50, saying the company is showing signs of a recovery in its handset business. RBC Capital Markets raised its price target on the company to $20 from $19.

--Lehman Brothers lowered its price target on Research In Motion Ltd. to $84 from $250 and also lowered its earnings estimates on the company to reflect the company’s 3 for 1 stock split.

--Goldman Sachs raised its price target on Aruba Networks Inc. to $20 from $18 after the company reported solid fourth quarter results. Lehman Brothers raised its estimates on the company for fiscal 2007 to a loss of 3 cents rather than a loss of 7 cents and to a return of 21 cents rather than 20 cents for 2008.


--Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services assigned a BB+ rating to American Tower Corp.’s $500 million senior term loan facility. Proceeds are expected to be used for refinancing debt, working capital and general corporate purposes.

--R.W. Baird raised its price target on OmniVision Technologies Inc. to $14 from $12, saying the company has rebounded strongly since last year’s fourth quarter. Baird, however, noted the company’s outlook is unstable

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Doctor Who fans face two-year time warp in between

Doctor Who fans will have to endure a two-year time warp in between the next two series of the hit TV show.

The BBC has announced plans to make a fifth series of the time lord's adventures, but it won't hit TV screens in Britain until 2010, with Australian fans possibly facing an even longer wait.

A fourth series has recently finished being filmed and is due to be screened early next year in Britain.

But instead of the fifth series going to air in 2009, fans will have to make do with a series of three Doctor Who specials starring the current doctor, David Tennant.

Christmas specials will also be screened this year and next.

The delay in between the fourth and fifth series is believed to be linked to Tennant's desire to play Hamlet with the Royal Shakespeare Company between July and November next year.

However, it is unknown whether the Scottish actor will return to star as the popular time-travelling timelord for the fifth series.

Tennant took over the role from Christopher Eccleston, who quit after the much acclaimed first series of the revived show began in 2005.

Australian pop princess Kylie Minogue has recently finished filming this year's Doctor Who Christmas special with Tennant in Wales.

She stars as a waitress aboard the ill-fated Titanic.

Meanwhile, Freema Agyeman, who played the doctor's assistant Martha Jones in series three, will return mid-way through series four.

Monday, September 3, 2007

A to Z: Bestival 2007 released today

'A to Z: Bestival 2007' compiled by Rob da Bank will be released on Monday 3rd September. It brings together the cream of the crop from the Bestival 2007 line up over 2 CDs. Including The Chemical Brothers, Primal Scream, The Go! Team, Gregory Isaacs, The Orb, Bonde do Role, Horace Andy, Mr Scruff, Seasick Steve, Kitty Daisy & Lewis and many more. Pre-order your copy now to be in with a chance of
finding a pair of golden tickets to Bestival 2008!

The A to Z is the mother of all compilation series, devised by Sunday Best's own Rob da Bank, giving artists free reign over 26 tracks (or 28 in this case!) as long as the artists names run from A to Z. Couldn't be simpler.

Following on from the sterling A to Z series debut, put together by The Cuban Brothers, and then the stunning follow up by Radio 1 star Annie Mac, Rob da Bank decided to give it a go himself, putting together a fitting tribute to this year's Bestival. This album demonstrates the wonderful world of Bestival - in glorious stereo sound!

Whether you've had the pleasure of a fun-filled weekend at Bestival or are just curious how this A to Z thingy works (you can see we still haven't quite got the hang of it as we've taken the artistic license of using more than one band for some letters!), we hope you enjoy the selection.

For some lucky people that pick up a copy of this album, they will be in with a chance of finding a pair of golden tickets to Bestival 2008. Yes that's right folks, there are 5 pairs of golden tickets to be found. These will only be found within the first 5,000 albums to be released. Life really is like a box of chocolates!

Pre-order your album now to have the best chance of winning a pair of golden tickets... and so it arrives on your doorstep on the 3rd September in time for your journey to Bestival!

Oasis called to break record

Organisers of a world record attempt are hoping rock star brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher will join them in Ireland this week as their ancestral clan unites for a
colossal get-together.

More than 10,000 emails and letters have been sent around the world inviting Gallaghers to Co Donegal on Saturday for the latest international same-surname gathering.

The Oasis duo have been asked to attend but the man behind the massive family do is remaining tight lipped about the rock stars.

"We've invited a couple of boys from Manchester, and that's all I'm saying," organiser Adrian Gallagher said.

The aim of the Gallagher Global Gathering is to beat the record set by the Welsh last year when 1,224 Joneses turned up to an event in Cardiff.

"It's not a matter of keeping up with the Joneses, it's a question of beating them," Mr Gallagher said.

Chairman of the gathering, Donegal priest Father Sean O'Gallachoir, joked when told of the current record: "I could get that in the parish."

Over the last two and a half years, emails have been sent to Irish groups in Canada, Australia and the US, more than 8,500 letters have been sent to the UK and 2,000 around Ireland.

The Gallagher quest also reached international airwaves including an interview on Japanese radio while American broadcasters ABC are planning to film the event.

"The Japanese like the idea of family and culture because some people over there think they are beginning to loose the connected part of their culture," Mr Gallagher said. Gallagher, originally a name associated with the north-west of Ireland, has spread around the world and the clan can trace its roots back to the legendary Irish king Niall Of The Nine Hostages.

Led Zeppelin eye comeback gig

Legendary rockers Led Zeppelin are to reform for a one off show in the U.K. later this
year, according to reports.

The group, who disbanded in 1980 after drummer John Bonham died, are reportedly in talks with the owners of the O2 Arena in London, reports newspaper The Daily Telegraph.

It has long been rumoured the surviving members Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones would reform for a concert to honour the memory of late Island Records boss Ahmet Ertegun.

The trio have only performed twice since 1980 - a Live Aid performance in 1985 and at their 1995 induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

Amy Winehouse fans stay true

Pleas by the father-in-law of British soul singer Amy Winehouse to stop buying her music as a way of helping her stop abusing drugs seem to have been ignored by her
fans as her album moved up the charts on Sunday.

"Back to Black" moved up one place to second spot after 44 weeks in the charts.

It was not enough though to dislodge singer-songwriter Newton Faulkner's album "Hand Built by Robots" from top spot.

Another Winehouse album "Frank" also moved up, from 32 to 29 after 87 weeks in the charts.

Last week, Giles Fielder-Civil urged Winehouse's fans to "send a message that her addiction and her behaviour is not acceptable".

He told BBC Radio 5: "Perhaps it's time to stop buying records."

Her single "Tears Dry on Their Own" did slip from 17 to 22 in the charts, according to The Official UK Charts Company.

It was all change at the top of the singles chart, with reggae-rap artist Sean Kingston finally grabbing number one with "Beautiful Girls" from rapper Kanye West's "Stronger" which weakened to second.

U.S. band Plain White T's reversed last week's fall by moving up from sixth to third with "Hey There Delilah".

Swedish singer Robyn fell one place to fourth with "With Every Heartbeat" while Rihanna shot up 11 places to fifth.

American producer and rapper Timbaland's collaboration with U.S. singer Keri Hilson "The Way I Are" continued its slow slide from fourth to sixth.

American hip hop group Gym Class Heroes fell from fifth to seventh, while U.S. singer Fergie's "Big Girls Don't Cry" is on the verge of dropping out of the top 10, falling one place to eighth.

Two new entries fill the last two top 10 places -- Freaks at ninth with "The Creeps (Get on the Dancefloor)" and British singer-songwriter James Blunt at tenth with "1973".

Elvis Presley lives on with the release of his 1956 number one single "Hound Dog", which entered the charts at number 14.

Jon Bon Jovi lets rip

Singer Jon Bon Jovi has launched a scathing attack at Oasis and pop star Robbie
Williams - insisting their music is so bad they "couldn't fill a bar".

The Livin' On A Prayer hitmaker also hits out at troubled Babyshambles frontman Pete Doherty and pokes fun at football ace David Beckham in the new issue of Glamour magazine.

He says of Williams, "That guy? He couldn't fill a bar. He couldn't even sell 500 tickets.

"(Oasis) couldn't fill a bar, either - and they're full of themselves.

He adds of Doherty, "We're not familiar of anything other than his antics and the fact that he's always in trouble - I've never heard a single one of his songs."

But Bon Jovi's most bitter comments were reserved for LA Galaxy's Beckham, who he ridiculed by asking, "Is he past his prime?"

Voxtrot to support Monkeys

OXTROT have been invited to support ARCTIC MONKEYS on their forthcoming
extensive USA tour.

A dynamite indie coupling and great news for all Stateside who get to witness what will be the tour of 2007. Unfortunately, in order to take full advantage of this great opportunity, VOXTROT have had to postpone their forthcoming August/September UK shows.

Fear not, the Arctic Monkeys tour will see VOXTROT as tight and primed as ever for world domination, ready and eager to honor their hotly anticipated UK shows later in the year.

In the meantime, VOXTROT's eponymous debut album is released on Monday 10th September, with single 'Firecracker' out today.

Check them out live at Webster Hall, NYC:


Wed 5 - New York, NY @ Central Park Summerstage AA ? SOLD OUT
Thu 6 - Providence, RI @ Lupos Heartbreak Hotel AA ?
Tue 11 - Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall AA ?
Wed 12 - Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom AA ?
Thu 13 - Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theatre AA ?
Sun 16 - Dallas, TX @ Palladium Ballroom AA ?
Mon 17 - Houston, TX @ Verizon Wireless Theatre AA ??
Tue 18 - New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues 18+ ?
Fri 21 - Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre AA ?
Sat 22 - Tuscon, AZ @ Rialto Theatre AA ?
Sun 23 - San Diego, CA @ San Diego Street Scene Festival AA ?
Tue 25 - Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium AA ?
Thu 27 - San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium AA ?
Fri 28 - Eugene, OR @ Mcdonald Theatre AA ?
Sat 29 - Seattle, WA @ Wamu Theatre AA ?
Sun 30 - PNE Forum @ Vancouver, BC AA ?


Wed 3 - Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club 18+ %
Thu 4 - Chicago, IL @ Metro 18+ %
Fri 5 - Athens, OH @ Baker Theater AA %
Sat 6 - Washington, DC @ Black Cat AA %?
Sun 7 - Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church AA %*
Tue 9 - Toronto, ON @ Mod Club AA %*
Wed 10 - Ottawa, ON @ Zaphod Beeblebrox 19+ %*
Thu 11 - Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa AA %*
Fri 12 - Northampton, MA @ Pearl Street AA %*
Sat 13 - Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Downstairs 18+ %*
Sun 14 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg 16+ %
Mon 15 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg 21+ *