[Story Ticker] the day’s date in this format: August 04 update
Hello again from GFM,
Up on our stories pages, we’ve pitched a story idea suggested to us by a GFM user. He’s concerned and intrigued by the American nationalist militias whom are disseminating via the net, a minority and extremely contentious view of the world, but one that increasingly seems to be striking a chord with citizens feeling disenfranchised by the current state of things.
We’ve seen Gordon Brown against the ropes before and he fought back to hold on a little longer, but under renewed pressure can he really see this fight through to the end? With David Milliband now deemed a bottler for his role in las weeks attempted coup, is there anyone who could really offer a viable alternative for the party in the run up to the next election? Up on our story page we’ve suggested you might want our correspondents to find out more for you on the continued challenges to Gordon Brown’s authority as leader of New Labour in the run up to the next election…
Meanwhile over in Africa tragedy threatened to tear apart ther Africa Cup of Nations. However it has now commenced and with our network of correspondents in the region on standby, let us know the stories you want more on. Check out the story pitch here, as we wonder whether the cup can triumph over tragedy.
Global for me has a rather gloomy ticker board at the moment, and all at Christmas time! Sorry, but with the worsening climate and the Copenhagen Summit’s failure to reach any conclusion – we’re highlighting that our correspondents are able to provide coverage and analysis from all over the world and give us the low-down on what is going on and might be done next. Here is our suggestion. You can suggest your story ideas here today.
Meanwhile amidst the recession- even the British Royal Family is having a difficult time too. Escalating costs mean that they are set to clash with the government about finances in the near future. At Global for me – we have the royal and constitutional experts to explain the problems, potential solutions and the likelihood of all possible outcomes. Can you image a Britain with out the Royal Family? Check our our suggested story here.
What ever story you are looking for more on, Global for me is here for you. So find out more of what we’re all about and see if you can get your story idea to gather enough buzz to gain pledges and get comissioned!
Over on our stories section, we’ve suggested the UK’s growing DNA library and the current events arising from the debate surrounding it as something that we’d like to know more about. The Home Office declares it a “vital crime-fighting tool” that had linked more than 410,000 crime scenes with a DNA match and a possible lead to an offender between 1998 and March 2009. However The Human Genetics Commission, an advisory body to the government has stated it’s concern that “function creep” has seen the DNA store turn from a database of offenders into a list of suspects.
Over three-quarters of black men aged between 18 and 35 are on the system. And eight percent of the British population is on the database meaning that proportionally to population it is the world’s biggest.
“Parliament has never formally debated the establishment of the National DNA Database and safeguards around it,” commission chairman Professor Jonathan Montgomery.
Here at Global for me, we’d also like to know what your opinion is so vote in our poll below!
A love triangle involving three astronauts took a rather bizarre turn when in February 2007, Lisa Nowak, attempted to kidnap her love rival – Air Force Captain Colleen Shipman. The attempt involved Nowak pepper spraying Shipman as she returned from a visit to the object of their affections, then astronaut, Bill Oefelein.
If you want our correspondents to report more on the build up to the forthcoming trial – let us know at the suggest a story page today.
How did this all escalate? What has happened since? What is NASA’s official stance?
With a case as peculiar as this there is plenty more we need to know
The pretrial hearing is scheduled for, December 7th . Global for me is ready!
On 30th November, Pope Benedict XVI is due to release an album called ‘Alma Mater’ in time for the Christmas rush, the record is to be released by Geffen, a label with a history of heavy rock bands and hellraisers such as Guns n Roses and Nirvana.
It will include the Pope singing a Marian prayer and speaking Lauretan Litanies in different languages, including Italian, Portuguese, French and German. There will be eight tracks, each accompanied by modern classical music. Part of the proceeds will go towards providing musical education for underprivileged children across the world. The potential audience tapped by this product is a large one, as about one-sixth of the world’s population (1.2 billion people) is Roman Catholic.
Do you want to know how this came about? Is it a good idea? If you want one of our Vatican correspondents to chase any kind of story about the goings on at the papal palace – suggest your story idea today! Or check out this story page.
Welcome back readers! GRN correspondent, Alda Sigmundsdóttir enlightens readers on the closing of McDonald’s in Iceland.
GRN correspondent, Alda Sigmundsdóttir enlightens readers on the closing of McDonald’s in Iceland.
Excerpt from blog
“It is not McDonald’s per se who is leaving, but rather the people who have held the franchise have decided that, what with all the food needing to be imported [McDonald’s apparently doesn’t trust anyone else to make their delicious burger patties], it’s no longer viable to maintain in the current economic climate. So not only is the kreppa saving the children, it’s also vastly improving our culinary habits.”
Click here to see more on this article posted on her blog. You can click this link to see her article posted on The Guardian.
Biography on Alda Sigmundsdóttir
Sigmundsdóttir is a journalist and blogger based in Reykjavik, Iceland. Born in Iceland and now residing there once again, she runs Iceland’s most widely-read English-language blog, http://www.icelandweatherreport.com, where these days she mostly chronicles the country’s economic meltdown. Her blog was shortlisted for Best European Blog in the 2008 and 2009 Bloggies Weblog Awards and has been featured in various media worldwide.
Global for me is here to pursue the stories you want to know more about. Let us know what you think and if you want to hear more from Alda Sigmundsdóttir.
Last time we highlighted disappearances in China– now we believe the Phillipines warrants a similar focus.
Accusations of mysterious disappearances and extra-judicial killings supposedly taking place with the approval of the government of President Arroyo. Have you heard about the mysterious disappearance of Jonas Burgos?
Human rights group Karapatan assert the severity of the situation and call for more investigation and the attention of world leaders towards these supposed human rights violations.
Have a look at the story page and see if this is something you’d be willing to contribute towards to find out more ….