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EMI: Facing the Music

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https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00sn5ww British music icon EMI has been battling against massive debts. If it didn't raise cash, and raise it quickly, its bankers could take the keys to Abbey Road studios and the rest of EMI's music empire. But in an eleventh hour deal, EMI's owner, private equity firm Terra Firma, has managed to raise enough money to keep the bank happy for now. But for how long? It still has to find a way of paying back over £3 billion it borrowed from Citigroup, and make money for its backers, who have seen their investment plummet in value. Damian Reece, Head of Business at the Telegraph, returns to follow the fortunes of this troubled private equity deal. Despite stars like Robbie Williams. Lily Allen, and Lady Antebellum climbing the charts, earlier this year EMI plunged £1.75 billion into the red. New strategies, cost cutting and redundancies have created profits for recorded music but not enough to solve the debt problem. And now the private equity deal, which closed just as the credit crunch hit, is the subject of litigation. Guy Hands and Terra Firma investment funds are taking the bank that lent them money to buy EMI, to court. Terra Firma alleges they were misled about crucial details during negotiations to buy EMI. The bank Citigroup strongly denies all the allegations. So what does the future hold? Could this be EMI's swansong or will the company win against the odds?


Protecting Mothers Around The World

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Many countries dedicate a day in May to celebrating mothers, and you’ll notice that we’ve  themed this newsletter accordingly. First off, thanks to your votes, our video on maternal deaths in India won a People’s Voice Webby award, a high honor. We’re excited to think that this award will help us increase awareness of – and action on -- these preventable deaths, helping change pregnancy from a time of fear to a time of joy. Sometimes, other family members play an inspiring role in our lives. The documentary film, Music by Prudence, tells the story of a young Zimbabwean woman born with a disability that resulted in the twisting of her body and led to the amputation of her legs. Due to local stigma surrounding disabilities, Prudence Mabhena was abandoned by her family – except for her caring grandmother. Through music, Prudence found a way to share her story and advocate for change. In February, the film won an Oscar and Prudence became a hero in Zimbabwe. In the United States, it will premiere on HBO on May 12. Human Rights Watch is partnering with the film’s director, Roger Ross Williams, to raise awareness of the rights of women and girls with disabilities.
Liesl Liesl Gerntholtz Director Women's Rights Division
On the Ground: Torn from Her Daughter RESEARCHER
Gabrielle Nguema stoically answered my questions as I sat across the desk from her in Florence, Arizona’s Pinal County Jail. It was only May, but the small room was hot and Gabrielle’s round face glistened with sweat. Gabrielle had lived behind bars here for two years as an asylum seeker from Guinea who faced possible deportation. Her small daughter – whom she had brought to the United States to protect from genital mutilation – was more than 1,000 miles away in Cleveland, where they used to live together. In the United States, immigrants facing deportation are increasingly transferred to remote lock-ups, far from their families and their lawyers. But thanks to pressure put on key players by Human Rights Watch, this may change. Physically, the prison atmosphere was harsh, with the heavy clanking of gates and cement floors. But for Gabrielle, the psychological trauma of being separated from her elementary-school-age daughter intensified her misery. Gabrielle hadn’t seen her little girl since being transferred from the Cleveland detention center two years ago. She couldn’t afford her daughter’s plane ticket. “She cannot understand why I am here,” Gabrielle said. “What do I tell her? She asks my brother where I am. Sometimes she asks him, ‘Why doesn’t mom want to be with me?’”
Alison Parker
Alison is director of our US program and specializes in immigration law and youth incarceration. She’s also documented violations of refugees’ rights. Before joining Human Rights Watch, Alison worked with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the Jesuit Refugee Service. She studied law and public affairs at Columbia University.
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Trapped in Saudi Arabia RESEARCHER
In most parts of the world, women can make their own decisions. Mothers can drive cars and daughters can go to school if they wish. They can even board planes and fly to different cities or countries under their own volition. But not in Saudi Arabia – a country where Nazia Quazi, a 24-year-old citizen of Canada and India, has been trapped because she’s a woman. In November 2007, Nazia flew to Saudi Arabia to visit her father, an Indian citizen who worked there. But after she arrived, he wouldn’t let her leave. He was able to do that legally because in Saudi Arabia women live under a “guardianship system,” where men make women’s life decisions. There, women need permission from their guardian to take a trip, to attend a university, to marry, and even to undergo certain surgeries. While guardians are often fathers or husbands, a woman’s teenage son, younger brother, or abusive uncle could be the one making her most important decisions. Nearly three years later, Nazia’s still fighting to return home to Canada. There’s a chance that her father will allow her to leave Saudi Arabia, but only if she marries her Dubai-based boyfriend – someone her family once disapproved of. No one knows what will happen to Nazia in the coming week. But Human Rights Watch, three Canadian veterans of the Gulf War, and other organizations, are pressing for her release.
Nadya Khalife
Nadya is the Middle East and North Africa researcher for the women’s rights division. She’s researched issues in her native Lebanon and the Great Lakes region in Africa. In the United States, she worked on post-September 11 abuses. Nadya has a Masters degree in gender and cultural studies from Boston’s Simmons College.
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The use of crystal meth implies unsafe sexual promiscuity

News Source: Talking Drugs
Crystal meth is here to stay and as it appears its effects have brought to life again the madness and frivolity of the past cocaine decades. Long and exhausted sex marathons without safety controls, collective conspiracy among its users to perform the dance of loneliness until their bodies are rescued by other users who want to explore their wild sides regardless of the rational norms that otherwise would prevent them from putting their lives at risk, and finally, a general sense of false well being capable to create an atmosphere where personal problems disappear leaving a space for emotion-free relationships (The night that won't end)based on the dictatorship of a highly addictive substance are some of the few experiences which Crystal meth users or tweakers enjoy when they are introduced to this drug also known as Tina. Similarly to cocaine users, tweakers realise that all their body and mind empowerment enjoyed while high was due to the drug and as such they begin to need more longing for more false liberation of their senses. In an article published on the Journal of Gay & Lesbian Psychotherapy Dr. Jeffrey Guss explains that stimulant drugs like cocaine and Tina are attractive to gay men because they increase their confidence levels destroying the barriers of internal homophobia. Cocaine and Crystal meth help to destroy the trauma and stigma of the invisible body and denied sexuality. In words of Jim B, a Crystal meth addict, Tina made him “feel invincible, powerful, sexy, uninhibited, libidinous and, most of all, careless” (Quicksand). Jim’s experience is not unique, because when sex is added to the effects of the drug powerful and reciprocally experiences occur. Fears of rejection or overwhelming reactions to rejection are diminished and as a consequence tweakers find the opportunity to cruise for sex much easier and make contact with another person. The same article continues explaining that having sex for 6-12 hours become a realistic and predictable event and that users always admit that Tina helps them to perform better sex in ways that would not be possible without her. And it is precisely that sense of over the top sexuality what has made Tina dramatically famous because all the excesses committed in the name of pleasure are taken without a rational evaluation of the risks involved. Crystal meth has returned the levels of highly irresponsible promiscuity to gay scene prior to the AIDS years, sex clubs/bathhouses and chat rooms internet hook ups devoted to “PNP” (Party and Play) an identifier for sex-seeking crystal users encourage wild and unprotected sex. The story of this (Curiosity killed this cat) Mexican living in Dallas who became HIV+ after  having bareback sex one night ,while high on crystal meth, with every single customer in a bathhouse suffices to illustrate how more than 20 years of safe sexual education can be thrown away in just one instant. The need of sex, the rule of transcending senses imposed by Tina is such that even when her excess produces sexual dysfunctions like erectile dysfunction (known as crystal dick) the tweakers recur to other drugs such as Viagra to continue releasing their necessities. Tina’s addictive power is immense and it can be snorted, swallowed, smoked, injected (slamming) and body booty bumped (rectal administration) a form which brings the high almost instantly. According to John (Train wreck), who like many other addicts became hooked in a record time, the way in which the drug is taken can make a difference on the high and the effects. In all the cases it implies tragic consequences. Another article published on the Journal of Gay & Lesbian Psychotherapy by Donald McVinney lists some side effects of the drug like sleep deprivation, severe paranoia, hallucinations (particularly auditory ones), dissociative trance states, and “Meth Bugs” (paresthesias often described as bugs crawling under one’s skin). James’s experience from Sydney describes how he became paranoid thinking that people were out to get him and believing the walls could talk and that there were cameras hidden all over his home. As a result of this paranoia James really thought of a conspiracy to kill him and he reached a point where the only way to silent those ideas was to consume more and more crystal meth (People in the walls) In definitive Tina is a risk and a bad experience. Gay men should think beyond the short-term pleasurable profits of the flesh and move beyond narcissistic attitudes towards a more responsible behaviour. The fantasy of the perfect shag is OK only as long as it can be remembered as a positive experience when sober. And Tina constitutes a bad practice because it transgresses all limits leaving no space for returning or remembering. For that reason the in extremis hedonism, cause and consequence of the crystal meth phenomenon, eventually will lead to the destruction of  a subculture whose only reason of existence is the evasion of the reality and the destruction of true human feelings based on the real knowledge of the self. Because if it is true that at some point in their lives gay men try to find in drugs a way to come to terms with their sexualities, it is also true that when that stage was reached the peace and calm achieved was enough to keep them free and happy without the need of trying other enslaving realities like Tina.


Metallica Offering 50K Reward For Missing Fan – Metallica News @ antiMusic.com

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Missing Girl Morgan Harrington, the 20-year-old Virginia Tech student

Metallica have stepped to the plate to help find a missing fan. Fox News reported on air Saturday that the Metallica's James Hetfield spoke with the father of Morgan Harrington, the 20-year-old Virginia Tech student who went missing outside of a Metallica concert on October 17th. A website findmorgan.com was established to aim in the search effort. According to that site, "The Harrington family is offering a $100,000 reward for the safe return of their daughter, Morgan Harrington, or information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for Morgan Harrington's disappearance. The Band Metallica is also adding an additional $50,000 to the reward bringing it to $150,000 for Morgan's safe return or information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for Morgan's disappearance." The story has received national attention and now the FBI has joined the search. Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said Friday the FBI will be able to investigate tips from around the country.


Shocking CCTV images of girl gang kicking a male victim in drunken attack which left him with footprint on his face

By Chris Brooke Drunk and baying like dogs, five women brutally attack a stranger in the street. The women - all from the same family - targeted Matthew Campbell, 38, at random, kicking and stamping on him as he lay prone on the pavement. Their sickening eight-minute assault was captured on CCTV and resulted in all the women being jailed for six months.
CCTV footage shows one of the women step forwardCCTV footage shows one of the women step forward and kick Matthew Campbell full in the face as he tries to stand up
As he cowers on the floor Mr Campbell was subjected to a barrage of blows and kicks from the gangAs he cowers on the floor Mr Campbell was subjected to a barrage of blows and kicks from the gang
Mr Campbell, a commercial diver, told yesterday how he restrained himself from hitting back because he has never struck a woman before. The video clearly shows him holding his hands up pleading with the women to stop, but a court heard they acted like a 'pack of dogs' to pursue their prey. The victim, who was walking home after a drink with friends, was lucky to escape the attack in November last year without major injury. He suffered bruising all over his body, heel marks and scratches on his back and head and had a footprint mark on his face.
He is first felled by a punch from one of the men in the groupHe is first felled by a punch from one of the men in the group
All the women, aged between 21 and 42, are members of the same extended family and most of them are well known to the police. They had been drinking heavily at a birthday party that evening. Prosecutor David Cammies said they attacked Mr Campbell for no apparent reason outside the Lloyds Arms pub in Grimsby town centre at 11.30pm. Helen Barber, 29, Rachel Barber, 31, Kelly Macdonald, 32, Belinda Tomlinson, 42, and Katie Tomlinson, 21, all admitted affray. Recorder Rachim Singh told them: 'The CCTV showed the sickening, brutal and repeated attack.
gang As he hits the floor other members of the gang, including the five women, move in and start kicking him as he lies there
'You were all fuelled by drink, which is not and can never be an excuse. Regrettably this has creeped into our culture and it really must be stamped out.' Grimsby Crown Court heard Helen Barber, who has eight previous convictions including one for battery, suffered a broken nose in the incident. She was believed to have been hit by Mr Campbell in self-defence. Yesterday Mr Campbell said he had become 'wary' of going out in town centres following the incident which left him badly shaken.
One man moves in to try and protect the fallen victimOne man moves in to try and protect the fallen victim
He said: 'It was a real shock. I remember trying to create some space between me and the women and trying to work out what was going on. 'You have to defend yourself to some extent. But I've never been violent against any woman. I was thinking I'd better not hit back. 'I had to restrain myself. At one point there were eight or nine sets of hands on me trying to do some damage. Women like this are no strangers to mindless violence. Drink is just a fuel. They don't go out to enjoy themselves they go out to cause as much mayhem as possible. Society is in trouble when that happens. It used to be just men doing this sort of thing.' Lee Rhoads, 32, also became involved in the attack and was jailed for four months after admitting affray. The women all live in the Grimsby area. Katie Tomlinson, the youngest of the gang, describes herself on her Bebo site as being 'born to be wild.' She adds: 'Happiest When im all stella'd up n partyin.'