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28 Apr

Events of Interest and Analyses

The main headlines on Al Jazeera English, featuring the latest news and reports from around the world.

 

 

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CEO defiant as Goldman grilled

 
Blankfein staunchly defended Goldman’s ethical and business practices [AFP]

The chief executive of Goldman Sachs has defended his company’s business practices amid accusations of conflict of interests, that it knowingly sold customers products it thought would lose money, and that it helped cause the US financial crisis.

Testifying before the senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations in Washington DC on Tuesday, Lloyd Blankfein said customers who bought securities from Goldman were looking for risk “and that’s what they got”.

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Burn, Baby, Burn!

Drill. Obama, Drill, Drill!!

US mulls plan to burn leaking oil

 
Engineers are working to construct a steel dome as a back-up measure to contain the leak [US Coast Guard]  

The US coast guard has said it is considering using controlled fires to burn off oil leaking into the Gulf of Mexico after an offshore drilling rig exploded and sunk last week.

Rear-Admiral Mary Landry said pools of oil could be trapped in containment booms and set on fire as early as Wednesday.

The technique has had success in the past, but would lead to some air pollution.

A fleet of around 50 vessels trying to mop up the spreading oil slick off the southern US coast has so far been impeded by high seas and strong winds.

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What happened when Albert Einstein met Charlie Chaplin?

When giants of science, literature and culture get together, we expect to feel the earth move. But these stellar gatherings are as likely to disappoint as dazzle, argues John Walsh

 

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Great expectations: from left to right, Jerome K Jerome; Albert Einstein; Charlie Chaplin; John Keats; William Gillette; Oscar Wilde; William Gladstone; Marcel Proust; PGWodehouse; Robert Falcon Scott; Igor Stravinsky; JM Barrie; Alfred Lord Tennyson; Augustine Birrell; James Joyce
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Great expectations: from left to right, Jerome K Jerome; Albert Einstein; Charlie Chaplin; John Keats; William Gillette; Oscar Wilde; William Gladstone; Marcel Proust; PGWodehouse; Robert Falcon Scott; Igor Stravinsky; JM Barrie; Alfred Lord Tennyson; Augustine Birrell; James Joyce

What exactly happened when Chaplin met Einstein? When Gladstone met Tennyson? When Picasso met Stravinsky? What kind of sparks do we expect to fly when globally famous figures meet? Do we assume there’ll be a blinding flash, a nuclear synergy, a Hadron-style collision of celebrity atoms that will register on some celestial Richter scale? Or are such encounters always doomed to failure – not to a flaming row, or a falling-out between the sainted participants, just a moment of blank social awkwardness, a mundane exchange of meaningless murmurs?……………………………………………………………..

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