Archive for March 27, 2013

Pathfinder Liverpool

‘Tinned-up street after tinned-up street’ – boarded up properties left derelict by the Liverpool Pathfinder scheme.

If you walk around much of inner-city residential Liverpool, you soon find yourself asking, “What catastrophe hit this place?” On investigation, you’ll find it wasn’t merely the haemorrhage of jobs at the docks or the depopulation of the city, but something much more recent. In any of the six areas selected under New Labour for “housing market renewal” you can see tinned-up street after tinned-up street, with wastelands in between, and people still living among it all. Although the depredations of Housing Market Renewal Pathfinders have been ghastly all over the north of England, there is nothing to rival Liverpool for the sheer scale of destruction, dereliction and waste. How did it come to this? And can the process be stopped?

In fact, typically for Labour councils after the collapse of the speculative boom, the current strategy is to hope desperately that the process can be restarted. Pathfinder has been officially abandoned so, to some fanfare last year, the mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, and the then housing minister, Grant Shapps, agreed to save and refurbish 16 houses in the condemned “Welsh Streets”, in Toxteth – out of about 500. Yet a recently submitted planning application proposes the demolition of 439 houses and a housing association scheme that will replace them with only 152.

George Clarke, of Channel 4’s Great British Property Scandal, was appointed “empty homes adviser” to work with the scheme, but he has broken ranks – calling it “the social cleansing of an area not only currently occupied, but very much in demand”. Given the pace of redevelopment that Liverpool saw during the boom, let alone now, the area can be expected to remain in half-demolished limbo indefinitely. The exceptionally dubious rationale for Pathfinder, a programme to clear frequently viable housing and its inhabitants for the purposes of “renewing” insufficiently profitable local housing markets, is still unquestioned. And the results – the scarred, often shocking landscapes around the centre of Liverpool – do not seem to have forced anyone to change course. But one of the most prickly issues is how this all happened in the first place without much resistance.

Last summer I visited Homebaked, a bakery in Anfield converted via Liverpool Biennial funding, cunningly diverted by the artist Jeanne van Heeswijk into the base for a community land trust, all designed to gradually reverse the destruction of the area. I walked there from the centre of town, and saw how the metropolitan civic pride of the city centre gives way quickly to a strange mix of insular 80s low-rise, low-density housing, vast parks created from wasteland in the same decade, and eccentric Arts and Crafts buildings like the Mere Bank pub or the Everton Library – beautiful and derelict in the middle of it all. Then you come to residential Anfield, and a seemingly endless swath of blight around the football stadium.

The houses here are those that were omitted by the slum clearance schemes of the 1960s, for the obvious reason that they’re large and well-constructed; the infrastructure is sane and viable (if obviously depleted by the area’s clearance) – a high street and the large Stanley Park, with the recently renovated Gladstone Conservatory.

At one corner, the streetline of grand and rotting terraces is suddenly broken by the new houses – the Pathfinders themselves, and the reason for all this. Apart from increased parking space created by their cul-de-sac like arrangement, their smaller windows and the poverty of their detailing and design, it’s hard to see the difference – nondescript redbrick terraces and flats, devoid of character, devoid of offence.

It’s bizarre, given that the entire rationale of Pathfinder was to bring the middle classes into the area: surely the small middle class of Liverpool, based usually in education and media, would have far preferred gentrified Victorian townhouses to this suburban-looking newbuild. How could this possibly have been worth it? How could anyone have been convinced that it would be?

The event at Homebaked, sponsored by Liverpool Biennial, involved me and other speakers talking about the crisis in housing. A long-term resident took issue with a lot of what I’d said about Pathfinder, which (I thought uncontroversially) I’d described as social cleansing. Although she opposed the demolitions, she didn’t see it that way. The area had been practically left for dead before the Pathfinder programme, she pointed out – this was the first time anyone in the area had been talked to or consulted in years.

While I pointed out the iniquity of dragging council tenants out of potentially lucrative inner-city areas, she – as an owner-occupier – pointed out that her friends rang her up from the suburban council houses they had been moved into, saying, “Guess where I am? In the garden of my nice new house.” It was obvious that the area’s residents didn’t fight Pathfinder because, on one level, a lot of them didn’t want to – Anfield had been run down so ruthlessly that it was in many cases a relief to leave. The iniquities of the scheme had since become obvious, hence the action to save the area via the community land trust – but this hadn’t been so from the outset.

This was fair enough – but setting owner-occupiers against council tenants seemed like the sort of breach in solidarity that made this disaster possible in the first place. Although in Welsh Streets there is a very active local campaign against demolition, resistance to Pathfinder has often been spearheaded by Save Britain’s Heritage (which has bought condemned houses in the city) or Biennial-funded artists, rather than the gutted local communities – so partially achieving, ironically, Pathfinder’s original aim of bringing the middle classes into areas of “low market demand”.

If working-class areas are to defend themselves, they need confidence, both in themselves and in the places they live, otherwise the whole grim process will go on, with councils making the same mistakes and the same lives being destroyed, without interruption.

Source:http://www.guardian.co.uk

Troubled Cardiff Airport has been sold to the Welsh government for £52m, it has been confirmed.

But First Minister Carwyn Jones said the airport, which was owned by TBI, would not be operated by the government.

It will be managed “at arm’s length” and “on a commercial basis”, he added.

Mr Jones has been critical of the airport after a slump in passenger numbers from a peak of two million in 2007 to just over one million in 2012.

He said it was vital for the number of passengers to be increased.

“Cardiff Airport is a vital gateway to Wales for business, tourists and general travellers alike,” he said.

“It is essential that its future is secured and that we develop high-quality sustainable services.

“The airport will not be operated by the Welsh government. It will be managed at arm’s length from government on a commercial basis and, over time, I expect to see a return to the public purse on the investment.

“A chief executive of the airport will be announced in due course. In the meantime, I am delighted that Lord Rowe-Beddoe has agreed to serve as chairman of the airport board.”

In the longer term, the board will look at the possibility of bringing in a commercial operator to run the airport.

Mr Jones said the Welsh government had been contacted by a number of interested operators but there would be an open and transparent process before any decision was made.

The airport’s existing staff will remain but only 40 are employed directly.

An average of around 1,000 staff work on the site as sub-contractors but that figure can vary considerably.

Mr Jones has for some time been critical of the way the airport has been losing passengers over recent years.

REACTION TO AIRPORT SALE

Inside Cardiff Airport

Reaction has been mixed to the Welsh government’s purchase of Cardiff Airport but almost everyone agrees a thriving airport would be good for the economy.

Business organisation CBI Wales said “strong and effective commercial stewardship” was required.

“To compete on the world stage, Wales needs world class infrastructure and a key part of that is a modern and effective international airport,” said director Emma Watkins.

“Welsh business needs a dynamic and thriving airport that can drive investment and deliver growth.”

The Federation of Small Businesses in Wales said infrastructure around the airport, such as roads and rail, needed to be improved.

“Increasing the number of flights and destinations would no doubt enable businesses to search for new markets and boost their trade internationally,” added Janet Jones, FSB Wales policy unit chair.

Political opponents were unsurprisingly sceptical but even those who were more supportive were keen to hear a lot more detail from the Welsh government about its plans.

Withdrawal of flights

Figures showed just over one million passengers used Cardiff in 2012, down about 200,000 in a year.

Meanwhile, nearby competitor Bristol Airport, which has sought assurances that Cardiff will not get state handouts, had seen almost six million passengers last year.

Cardiff was hit by the withdrawal of flights by budget airline bmibaby in 2011, but has said it expects 5% – 8% growth during 2013.

Last May, Mr Jones called on the Spanish owners of the airport to invest in its future or put it up for sale.

He said the airport gave a bad impression of Wales and was falling behind its rivals.

The owners said at the time that they had no plans to sell but would listen to offers.

Only this month there was bad news when Swiss carrier Helvetic announced it was pulling out, two years after the Welsh government spent £500,000 marketing Wales in Switzerland.

Helvetic started flying to Zurich from Cardiff in 2011, but had already dropped winter services after low demand and will not fly this summer.

The company said it was discussing with Cardiff Airport whether operations should restart in 2014.

However, Spanish airline Vueling said it was increasing services to Malaga and Alicante from Cardiff after a “positive response from Welsh travellers”.

It will add one extra flight to Malaga on a Wednesday throughout August and September.

Opposition politicians were sceptical of the Welsh government’s involvement in trying to turn around the airport’s fortunes.

“I have yet to be convinced that a 1970s style nationalisation is the answer to the airport’s problems,” said the leader of the Welsh Conservatives, Andrew RT Davies.

“When you consider the recent decision by Helvetic to withdraw, in spite of the Welsh government having invested around half a million pounds, it is far from clear that the first minister is the best man for the job of rescuing this airport.”

Eluned Parrott, Welsh Liberal Democrat economy and transport spokesperson, called on the Welsh government to “urgently announce its plans to transform the airport”.

“We’ve had the sound bites from Carwyn, we now know the price but now we need to see the substance and the government’s long term plans for attracting airlines, tourists and business travellers to Cardiff Airport,” she said.

Plaid Cymru also said it wanted to see the detail of the government’s plans.

“There is no reason why a publicly-owned national airport for Wales could not be far more successful than the airport in its present state.

“It is now up to the Welsh government to show that it has made the right decision, for the right reasons by getting the right results,” said Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood.

Cardiff Airport

Cardiff Airport in 1998
  • The airfield at Rhoose in the Vale of Glamorgan was built in 1941.
  • Control was transferred from the Ministry of Defence to the former Glamorgan County Council in 1965, and then to its three successor councils of West, Mid and South Glamorgan in the 1970s.
  • The airport was privatised in 1995, with TBI now owned mainly by the Spanish company Abertis with a minority stake held by the Spanish airports operator AENA.
  • Just over one million passengers used Cardiff in 2012, down about 200,000 in a year
  • Passenger numbers peaked at two million in 2007.

Source:http://www.bbc.co.uk

 

Deputy sarpanch Noor Mohammad Khan
A deputy sarpanch was allegedly shot at and injured by militants in north Kashmir Kupwara district, police said today.

Noor Mohammad Khan (50), deputy sarpanch from Bongamin Kupwara, reported at Police Station Kupwara in injured condition this morning, a police spokesman said.

He said Khan stated that he was shot at by militants inside the compound of his local mosque in the wee hours today when he had gone there to offer prayers.

“Khan sustained injury in left arm and has been admitted in Sub District hospital, Kupwara,” he added.

Source:http://www.indianexpress.com

What does The Red Equal Sign MEANS?..

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This questions can raise in your minds….We tried to find the answers….

This morning, you may have noticed an onslaught of red equal signs taking over your Facebook feed … and maybe even your Twitter stream. And Instagram. What we’re witnessing here is a social campaign gone viral – and if you’re feeling out of the loop (as obvious as the symbol may be), we’re going to break it down for you.

What’s up with these red equal signs?

The United States Supreme Court is hearing an argument today about Hollingsworth v. Perry, a case that will determine whether California’s controversial Proposition 8 law is constitutional. Prop 8 declares marriage can only be between a man and a woman, so if the Court strikes it down, it will be celebrated as a victory for everyone who supports marriage equality. Tomorrow, the Court will hear United States v. Windsor, which will determine the constitutional fate of DOMA, or the Defense of Marriage Act. Together, these two cases are by far the deepest the Supreme Court has entered into the debate over marriage.

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To say this is a significant moment in the fight for equal rights is an understatement – even though neither outcome will determine the legality of gay marriage in the U.S., both decisions will have a major impact on how the issue is addressed in the future.

So where did the red and pink icon itself start? The Human Rights Campaign, an organization that advocates for LGBT rights, changed its symbol from a blue and yellow equal sign to the pink on red version today to draw attention to the importance of the Court decisions explained above.

How did it spread so fast?

The HRC is a sizable lobby, and it does a good job of engaging with the Facebook community – right now, over 40,000 shared its original post to spread the word some 23 hours ago, and that’s just from the group’s homepage.

Internet superstars like George Takei helped boost support by re-posting to their popular pages; Takei got over 60,000 “likes” for his post.

And it’s not just Facebook. The red sign migrated to Twitter and Instagram as well – hashtags like #MarriageEquality and #SCOTUS are trending, with people changing their pictures there to the red equal sign, and many others weighing in – including President Obama’s official account:

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Taking the sign and running with it

A lot of people are putting individual twists on the symbol, adding some personality to the otherwise identical see of red equal signs.

Now, obviously not everyone in the United States supports marriage equality, or it wouldn’t be as contentious an issue.

In fact, a recent study illustrated how what people express on Twitter differs from actual mainstream opinion, and the same likely holds true for Facebook. And since the Twitter study showed that opinions on Twitter did not match up how people voted for Prop 8, it’s safe to say social media is not an entirely accurate barometer for popular sentiment.

Still, there isn’t an anti-gay marriage symbol gaining nearly as much traction. The closest thing we found was the National Organization for Marriage’s symbol, and while the group didn’t come prepared with a viral-ready image, it is advertising a march on the Capitol today to defend Prop 8 and DOMA.

Social media’s problems predicting actual popular opinion may stem from who uses it. Twitter users skew younger than the general population, so while this marriage equality meme campaign’s popularity doesn’t necessarily mean that mainstream opinion has shifted substantially, it does mean that the kind of people who post on social media – which is generally a younger demographic – hold these views. And that may help presage future popular sentiment, if not how the nation feels on average today.

We still don’t know how the Court will decide these pivotal cases, but at least we can take comfort in the fact that we know how “The Golden Girls” felt about marriage equality:

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Consistent performances with the bat have helped Cheteshwar Pujara move into the top 10 of the ICC rankings for Test batsmen for the first-time in his career.

Pujara’s unbeaten 82 helped India script a six-wicket win in the fourth Test against Australia in New Delhi, thereby

registering a historic 4-0 series sweep. As a result, Pujara jumped five places, in the rankings released Wednesday, to a best seventh position with 777 ratings points.

South Africa’s Hashim Amla continues to lead the batting table.

Another South African, Dale Steyn, leads the bowlers’ table.

India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is now at his best sixth after jumping two places while man of the match in the New Delhi Test, Ravindra Jadeja, made a whopping leap of eight places to 27th.

Delhi pacer Ishant Sharma also climbed in the rankings by three places to 31st.

Source:http://www.hindustantimes.com

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Microsoft Will Release Windows Blue Public Preview At Build Conference In June….

For the first time since reports about its new operating system surfaced, Microsoft has openly acknowledged the existence of Windows Blue to the public. In a blog post, Microsoft Vice President of Corporate Communications, Frank X. Shaw, wrote about how the company is “working together on plans to advance [their] devices and services,” calling “Blue” an internal code name. What we’ve been calling Windows Blue for a while now will apparently be released as something else, perhaps Windows 9, as Shaw says chances are slim to none that the final product will hit the market with that name.

While a leaked early build of the new OS already gives us a pretty good idea of what it can do, Microsoft will talk about it at length at the company’s annual BUILD conference. The event, intended specifically for developers, will take place on June 26 to 28 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. A public preview of the OS is also expected to be released in the future, but it’s not clear whether it will c0me before the OS demo at the BUILD conference.

If the final version of Windows Blue is anything like the leaked preliminary build, it will look very similar to Windows 8 but will feature several upgrades, including the capability to choose extra-small or super-sized live tiles, new gesture controls, and a 50/50 Snapped apps view option.

The action-thriller also stars Jamie Foxx as the President of the United States and opens on June 28

The first trailer for White House Down, the new action-thriller from Independence Day director Roland Emmerich, has been released. Scroll down and click ‘play’ to watch it.

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White House Down stars Channing Tatum as a failed applicant to the Secret Service who unwittingly ends up having to rescue the President, played by Jamie Foxx, when a paramilitary group takes over the White House. The script was written by James Vanderbilt, whose previous credits include The Amazing Spider-Man andZodiac.

The two-minute trailer amps up the tension slowly before unveiling plenty of thrills and spills in its second half, which shows Tatum channelling Bruce Willis as he tears around in a sweaty white vest brandishing a gun.

White House Down also stars Maggie Gyllenhaal, Richard Jenkins, James Woods and Jason Clarke. It opens in the US on June 28, as the trailer announces, but won’t arrive in UK cinemas until September 6.

Meanwhile, Roland Emmerich has recently revealed plot details for two sequels to his 1996 blockbuster Independence Day, titled ID Forever Part I and ID Forever Part II. Emmerich’s other directing credits include disaster movies The Day After Tomorrow and 2012 and 1998’s poorly-received Hollywood remake of Godzilla.
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Veteran secret service agent Julia Pierson in an undated photo. President Barack Obama has chosen Julia Pierson as Secret Service director, the first woman to head the agency that protects the president, two officials told Reuters. REUTERS/Department of Homeland Security

Veteran secret service agent Julia Pierson in an undated photo. President Barack Obama has chosen Julia Pierson as Secret Service director, the first woman to head the agency that protects the president, two officials told Reuters. REUTERS/Department of Homeland Security

By Tabassum Zakaria and Steve Holland

WASHINGTON | Tue Mar 26, 2013 7:02pm EDT

(Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Tuesday chose veteran agent Julia Pierson as Secret Service director, the first woman to lead the male-dominated agency, a year after its reputation was tarnished by a scandal involving agents and prostitutes in Colombia.

Pierson will replace Mark Sullivan, who retired in February and was in charge during the Colombia scandal – one of the worst in the agency’s history.

The Secret Service has been criticized for having an insular, male-dominated culture, and Pierson’s appointment also comes as Obama fends off criticism that his second-term picks for high-level posts have not included enough women and minority candidates.

Pierson, a native of Florida, is currently chief of staff at the Secret Service and began her career as a special agent with the Miami field office in 1983. The director’s position does not require confirmation by the U.S. Senate.

“Julia is eminently qualified to lead the agency that not only safeguards Americans at major events and secures our financial system, but also protects our leaders and our first families, including my own,” Obama said in a statement.

Starting in 1988, Pierson served four years with the Presidential Protective Division, and she became deputy assistant director of the Office of Protective Operations in 2005.

The Secret Service has been trying to rebuild its image after the April 2012 scandal when agency employees in Cartagena ahead of a visit by Obama took prostitutes to their hotel rooms.

It led to an official investigation that concluded that the president’s safety had not been compromised, but the scandal was a big embarrassment for the agency.

A dozen Secret Service employees were accused of misconduct, and at least seven of them have left the agency.

Sullivan apologized to Congress last year for the episode, which he said reflected poor decisions by agents and was not representative of the agency’s culture. A new code of conduct was implemented banning alcohol use within 10 hours of duty and patronizing “non-reputable” establishments.

“During the Colombia prostitution scandal, the Secret Service lost the trust of many Americans, and failed to live up to the high expectations placed on it,” Republican Senator Chuck Grassley said on Tuesday.

“Ms. Pierson has a lot of work ahead of her to create a culture that respects the important job the agency is tasked with. I hope she succeeds in restoring lost credibility in the Secret Service.”

In a statement Tuesday, Sullivan said Pierson would excel in the role. “I have known and worked with Julie for close to 30 years,” Sullivan said about his successor. “This is a historic and exciting time for the Secret Service and I know Julie will do an outstanding job.”

Pierson also received accolades from a key Democrat in Congress. Her appointment “is welcome news and a proud milestone,” Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Tom Carper said in a statement.

Secret Service agents who know Pierson describe her as smart, experienced and even-keeled.

“Julie was selected because she is competent, and she has been around for 30 years and understands the service well,” Ralph Basham, a former Secret Service director, told Reuters.

“It’s exciting for the Secret Service. It’s exciting to have a female named to that position. My daughter was a Secret Service agent, so it makes me very proud of the organization and proud of Julie for attaining that position,” he said.

Law enforcement experts point out that Pierson will not be an anomaly in the broader federal law enforcement community – the heads of the Drug Enforcement Administration and U.S. Marshals Service are women.

SPECULATION OVER FORMER OFFICIAL

Sources had told Reuters earlier this month that Obama had chosen retired Secret Service official David O’Connor to head the agency. Former law enforcement agents said they had heard he had withdrawn his name, but that was not officially confirmed and O’Connor did not respond to several attempts to reach him.

The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, or NOBLE, had written to the White House in opposition to O’Connor.

O’Connor’s name had cropped up in a long-running racial discrimination lawsuit after one email that used racially charged language was sent to him, but his attorney said he did not distribute it further.

Ronald Kessler, who has written a book about the Secret Service, said black agents applied pressure that went all the way up to Obama to torpedo O’Connor’s appointment.

“My understanding is that Dave decided for personal reasons that he would withdraw his name,” former Secret Service director Basham said. “I understand that it was he who decided to remove his name from consideration for the position.”

(Additional reporting by Jeff Mason and Deborah Charles; Editing by Christopher Wilson and Cynthia Osterman)
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A federal judge on Tuesday recommended the dismissal of a lawsuit against Facebook Inc in which Paul Ceglia, an facebookupstate New York wood pellet salesman, claimed a huge ownership stake in the social media company.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Leslie Foschio said there is “clear and convincing evidence” that an alleged 2003 contract with Mark Zuckerberg, now Facebook’s chief executive, that Ceglia claimed entitled him to a one-half interest in the company is a “recently created fabrication.”

In October, federal prosecutors in Manhattan announced criminal mail and wire fraud charges against Ceglia, whom U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara accused of seeking “a quick pay day based on a blatant forgery.

Ceglia, who has lived in Wellsville, New York, pleaded not guilty. Each criminal charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

Paul Argentieri, a lawyer for Ceglia, was not immediately available on Tuesday for comment.

In his 2010 civil lawsuit, Ceglia claimed that a 2003 contract he signed with Zuckerberg, then a Harvard University freshman, entitled him to the Facebook stake.

Though Zuckerberg had done programming work for Ceglia’s company StreetFax.com, Facebook maintained that a separate agreement involving that entity, which did not entitle Ceglia to a big Facebook stake, was the real contract between the two.

“PLETHORA” OF EVIDENCE

In a 155-page recommendation, Foschio said Ceglia’s arguments largely consisted of “self-defeating inconsistencies” that established the “fraudulent nature” of his claims.

“Plaintiff has utterly failed to rebut the plethora of evidence establishing that it is highly probable and reasonable the StreetFax document was the operative contract,” the Buffalo, New York-based judge wrote.

Foschio also said it is “highly probable and reasonably certain” that the contract Ceglia said was real was “fabricated for the express purpose of filing the instant action.”

The case now goes to U.S. District Judge Richard Arcara, who will decide whether to approve Foschio’s recommendation.

Colin Stretch, deputy general counsel of Facebook, said in a statement that Foschio’s recommendation “confirms what we have said from day one: this lawsuit is an inexcusable fraud based on forged documents.”

Facebook’s market value is now about $60 billion.

The accusations against Facebook and Zuckerberg had been an unusual distraction during the Menlo Park, California-based company’s march toward its May 2012 initial public offering.

Facebook’s origin was also the focus of separate litigation by Zuckerberg’s twin Harvard classmates Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, chronicled in the 2010 movie “The Social Network.”

EMAIL TRAIL

Ceglia claimed that Zuckerberg shared his plans for a social networking website while working at StreetFax, and contracted to give him a stake in exchange for a $1,000 investment.

To build his case, Ceglia submitted what he said were emails from Zuckerberg that proved the pair discussed the project that eventually became Facebook.

But Facebook said Zuckerberg did not even conceive of the idea for a social media company until December 2003.

Its lawyers said Ceglia had produced fraudulent documents, citing work by forensic experts who concluded that he had typed text into a Microsoft Word document, and declared it the text of emails with Zuckerberg in 2004.

Ceglia went through a string of lawyers from prominent firms, including DLA Piper and Milberg, who worked with him on various parts of the civil case but later withdrew.

Earlier this month, Ceglia filed a separate civil lawsuit against Bharara and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to halt the criminal case.

The civil case is Ceglia v. Zuckerberg et al, U.S. District Court, Western District of New York, No. 10-00569. The lawsuit against Bharara and Holder is Ceglia v. Holder et al in the same court, No. 13-00256. The criminal case is U.S. v. Ceglia, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, No 12-cr-00876.

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Controversy followed him throughout his European tour and it’s remained firmly with him now that he’s back in the States it seems; yesterday Justin Bieber was investigated by the authorities after he got into a nasty row with his neighbour in California.Justin Bieber

 

The LA police have confirmed that they interviewed the singer at his home after he got involved in an altercation with his neighbour which allegedly turned physical.

 

The row kicked off just hours after the star arrived back at his mansion and was confronted by the male neighbour who claimed that while the 19-year-old was away on tour, people were hosting wild parties at his abode.

 

‘The neighbour was furious about the noise’ said a source at the scene, adding that it was the neighbour not Justin who initiated the argument.

 

Bieber’s people have subsequently claimed that the man was thrown off the property without having any contact with the singer however the accuser has filed a complaint with the authorities alleging Justin assaulted him and made threats.

 

This wouldn’t be the first nasty bust-up Bieber has been involved in of late, while in London he was caught on camera having a particularly vicious row with the paparazzi.