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Credit: Reuters/Enrique De La Osa/Files NEW YORK | Thu Sep 19, 2013 6:16pm EDT NEW YORK (Reuters) – With estimated earnings of $95 million, pop singer Beyonce and her rapper husband Jay Z are the highest-earning celebrity couple for the second consecutive year, Forbes magazine said on Thursday. Beyonce’s “Mrs. Carter” tour and Jay Z’s million-selling “Watch the Throne” album and world tour, both a collaboration with rapper Kanye West, pushed the musical couple ahead of model Gisele Bundchen and her football-player husband Tom Brady, who pulled in $80 million and retained the No. 2 position. Acting couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, with $50 million, jumped up one spot from last year to third place. The earnings were based on the period from June 2012 to June 2013. Forbes said Beyonce, 32, earned $11 million more than her husband due her successful world tour, which grossed an average of about $2 million per show. Jay Z’s latest top-selling album “Magna Carta … Holy Grail” was released on July 4 and was not eligible to count toward his earnings. In addition to their musical earnings, Jay Z, 43, sold his stake in the Brooklyn Nets basketball team and has started his own sports agency. Beyonce upped her takings with a clothing line and fragrances. Former co-stars on the TV comedy “That ’70s Show” Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis came in fourth with $35 million, followed by new parents, reality TV star Kim Kardashian and West, who collectively earned $30 million. Forbes compiled the list by talking to agents, producers, managers and other informed people.

U.S. singer Beyonce (L) and her husband rapper Jay-Z walk as they leave their hotel in Havana in this April 4, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Enrique De La Osa/Files

Yep, that’s a pretty bad breakup story, if we’ve ever heard one. Julianne Hough & Ryan Seacrest Say it ain’t so! When Seacrest and Hough announced their split, shock echoed around the world. The pair, who began dating in 2010, called it quits in spring of 2013 … and it was unexpected. Michelle Williams & Jason Segel Although their romance was short-lived, when Williams and Segel announced their split in Feb. 2013, it was a sad, sad time for a lot of fans. Why, you may ask? Well, just look at them together! Taylor Swift & Harry Styles Although they didn’t date for long, every Swift breakup is a big one — especially when she’s dating a One Direction star. Swift and Styles called it quits in early 2013 … and it shocked Directioners and Swift’s cat Meredith. Robert Pattinson & Kristen Stewart Oof, this one hurt. After Stewart’s cheating scandal rocked the world in the summer of 2012, Pattinson and his longtime love finally called it quits earlier this year. Selena Gomez & Justin Bieber REMEMBER THEM?

Celebrity Breakups That Echoed Worldwide

Sent! A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. 2 To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Lily Collins is the Internet’s most dangerous celebrity Haley Blum, USA TODAY 4:08 p.m. EDT September 17, 2013 Searching her name comes with the highest chance of running into Internet junk, according to rankings by McAfee. In this Aug. 22, 2013 file photo, English actress Lily Collins attends the premiere of the film ‘Cazadores de Sombras, Ciudad de Huesos’ (‘The Mortal Instruments, City of Bones’) at Callao cinema in Madrid. (Photo: Abraham Caro Marin, AP) SHARE 29 CONNECT 33 TWEET 2 COMMENTEMAILMORE If you forgot who actress Lily Collins’ famous dad is, you might want to think twice before entering her name into a search engine to find out. The daughter of Phil Collins tops McAfee’s list of Most Dangerous Celebrities to search for on the Internet in 2013. That’s a bummer for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones star, whose name apparently has a 14.5% chance of pulling up results that test positive for spam, adware, spyware, viruses or other malware. Uh oh. Canadian punk-pop princess Avril Lavigne, Gravity star Sandra Bullock, comedian Kathy Griffin and Star Trek Into Darkness actress Zoe Saldana rounded out the top five, so keep that in mind the next time you want to Google them.

 

With Radek at the nets, that is exactly what I am trying to work on. He is such a talented player. He is very intelligent. When I share something with him, he picks it up real quick. It is not easy for a singles player where you have to adapt to the doubles court,” he said. Paes said he approached Andy Murray’s coach Ivan Lendl to improve his baseline play. “I have shared a great relation with Ivan Lendl over the years. When I came out of the juniors in 1990, I was number one in the world, I travelled with Ivan for two and half years and trained with him and Tony Roche in Australia. I love to keep learning. My game at the nets is instinctive, it’s fast, but my game on the baseline is what I need to keep improving on,” Paes said. “I watched specific players. I watched (Novak) Djokovic and the balance that he has on the court. I watched Andy Murray and the balance he has on court. Both those two players have a two-handed backhand that I can’t really relate but someone like Lendl had a single-handed backhand.

“We want to be the leading (Islamic) finance sector outside of the Muslim world,” deputy mayor of London Edward Lister said in a press conference in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday. Islamic finance follows religious principles such as bans on interest and gambling, and is playing an increasingly prominent role internationally as often oil and gas-rich investors from Islamic countries put more of their money to work overseas. Britain’s Islamic finance task force, established in March, is led by several ministers and industry figures as well as top executives from Gatehouse Bank and Oakstone Merchant Bank Ltd. It was launched ahead of London hosting the World Islamic Economic Forum in October and its mandate is to facilitate Islamic financial business, including investment in British infrastructure by Islamic sovereign wealth funds. The forum, which saw 28 billion ringgit ($8.6 billion) worth of deals inked last year, is being held outside an Islamic city for the first time. Islamic finance has already played a role in several major deals in London, with Qatari investors taking part in funding the city’s Shard tower, Harrod’s department store and the athletes’ village used for last year’s summer Olympics. A Malaysian consortium is also spearheading the redevelopment of London’s Battersea power station, after acquiring the site for 400 million pounds last year. Malaysia is the second largest investor in London’s real estate market behind the United States. “The task force has just started and its aim is to make it easier for banks in London to have Islamic products, which is still quite a new concept to any of them,” Lister said. “Only now people are beginning to understand what the products actually mean and how they comply … What you will see is a lot of companies introducing those products.” Maybank Islamic, an arm of Malaysia’s largest bank Malayan Banking Bhd, has launched a sterling-denominated and sharia-compliant mortgage product for high net-worth Malaysians looking to invest in London’s real estate market.

London lightweight Jesse Ronson ready for long-awaited UFC debut this weekend

A back belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and former military police officer, the 32-year-old Prazeres has been a pro fighter since 2000 although 13 of his 17 fights came before June 2008. Ronson believes Prazeres made the drop to lightweight to take advantage of his strength and grappling skills. “His coaches probably told him ‘Hey look, at 155 pounds, you grab a hold of a guy, they’re not going anywhere,’ ” he said. “He’s so big and so strong that nobody’s going to be able to stop him. But that’s where I come in.” That weight cut, in a foreign country, may make life difficult for the Brazilian, according to Ronson. “I know he’s going to gas really fast,” he said. “Probably after the first two or three minutes he’s not going to have a gas tank any more.” Ronson, known for his body punches, looks to add to that pain. “I’m going to keep it busy,” he said. “I’m going to beat, beat, beat his body.” On the mental front, he has been working with a sports psychologist to prepare for Saturday and calm his nerves. “It’s helping a lot,” he said. “I’m waking up every day feeling great. When I go train, I’ve never felt this good.” Ronson trains at the Adrenaline Training Center in London, home to fellow UFC fighters Chris (The Menace) Clements and Sam (Hands of Stone) Stout and former UFC featherweight contender Mark (The Machine) Hominick. Clements is also on the Air Canada card, facing welterweight Stephen (Wonderboy) Thompson. While Ronson has had to wait for a chance to show his skills in the UFC, in truth he hasn’t been at the fight game long.

 

UK’s FTSE rallies on Fed’s decision to maintain stimulus

They are also looking into high fees charged to members of older contract and bundled trust schemes with around 30 billion pounds of savings. The OFT estimates that members in pre-2001 schemes pay annual management charges some 26 percent higher than members of schemes launched after this date. “We have found problems in relying on competition to drive value for money for savers in this market,” OFT Chief Executive Clive Maxwell said in a statement. He said the OFT had worked with government, regulators and industry to agree a set of measures to help to ensure that savers get a better deal. The OFT also found employers often lack the experience or incentive to assess value for money when deciding which pension scheme to choose for their employees. This problem could grow as a government-sponsored auto-enrolment initiative, aimed at solving the country’s retirement savings timebomb, rolls out across Britain in the coming months, the OFT said. To tackle these concerns, the Association of British Insurers has agreed to an audit of bundled trust schemes and to help to set up independent governance committees to increase scrutiny of pension schemes on behalf of members. “It is important to remember that the level of contribution and how long someone works remain the most important factors in determining an individual’s overall retirement income,” ABI Chief Executive Otto Thoresen said. The OFT has also recommended that the Department of Work and Pensions increase transparency and comparability of pension scheme costs and quality in order to make employers’ selection process easier. Adrian Boulding, Pensions Strategy Director at Legal & General (LGEN.L) has called on the government to introduce a cap on the charges payable by pensions savers in both new enrolment schemes and legacy workplace pensions. “We firmly believe that no employees saving in a workplace pension scheme should have to pay more than half a per cent a year of their retirement savings pot whatever the size of the scheme and that low charge should be available for legacy pension scheme members too,” Boulding said. Lee Hollingworth, partner at consultant Hymans Robertson said he hoped planned reforms on how to improve quality of advice to savers wouldn’t be lost in a debate on fees. “At the moment the system relies too heavily on savers engaging with their scheme, but the majority of people are not equipped or interested in becoming their own pension adviser,” Hollingworth said. He said savers needed clear information on what income they can expect to retire on along with more hands-on direction on how to reach their retirement target.

Located at a 38,500 square-meter site near the two Gyron data centers already operating in Hemel Hempstead, northwest of London, the new facility will start providing approximately 10,000 square meters of server room from spring 2015, more than doubling the total server room area in the UK. By using advanced green technology for cooling such as end wall injection air conditioning, water-side economization and chimney racks to expel heat, the facility achieves a power usage effectiveness (PUE) of under 1.2, putting it among the most energy efficient data centers in the UK. It will also be the first data center in the UK to offer the option of a chillerless cooling system, which opens up approximately 30% more energy capacity for ICT systems without expanding its power system. The facility further reduces NTT Com’s environmental load by using rain water in the air conditioning, generating electricity from solar panels, and using heat from the server equipment to warm office areas in the winter. For more information about the green technology, please visit http://prw.kyodonews.jp/opn/release/201309184723/ By incorporating a modular design concept, electric power, air conditioning and communication equipment are scalable in each server room, and redundancy systems can be freely set. Tier IV upgrades are also available as customers require. Moreover, the facility will incorporate security measures beyond the industry standard, including a four-meter-high peripheral fence, barriers against vehicle attacks and fire-prevention equipment installed in each module. The high-speed, high-quality networks connecting the new facility with other NTT Com data centers will enable the low-cost, low-latency access necessary to effectively provide a hybrid cloud environment that combines on-premise systems, colocation and NTT Com’s Enterprise Cloud to better meet varied customer demand and optimize ICT systems. In addition, the high-speed connections between Gyron’s three Hemel Hempstead data centers will allow them to operate essentially as one data center, making it fast and easy to provide more server equipment and virtual servers for customers expanding their business. In the UK, the data center market grew by more than 20% in 2012 compared to the previous year due to strong demand from the technology, media and telecom industries. The demand for hybrid cloud services has likewise been growing and global service providers such as Salesforce.com have increasingly chosen NTT Com’s UK data centers. The new facility at Hemel Hempstead will enable NTT Com to meet the demand of this active market. For more information, please visit http://prw.kyodonews.jp/opn/release/201309184723/ About NTT Communications Corporation NTT Communications provides consultancy, architecture, security and cloud services to optimize the information and communications technology (ICT) environments of enterprises.

central bank’s decision to delay a reduction in its monetary stimulus boosting investors’ appetite for risk-sensitive sectors such as miners. The FTSE 100 index tracked a rally in global equities after the U.S. Federal Reserve surprised markets late on Wednesday by saying it wanted to wait for more evidence of solid economic growth before trimming its bond purchases, which have helped equity markets across the globe to set new highs. At 1416 GMT, the blue chip British stock index was up 70.48 points, or 1.1 percent, at 6,629.30. The mining sector gained 3.2 percent, led higher by precious metal miners. Randgold Resources and Fresnillo were among top gainers, up 7.8 percent and 5.3 percent respectively, benefiting as gold traded near a one-week high. Gold is seen as an inflation hedge, and had suffered as expectations grew that the Fed would begin to wind down its stimulus package. “The Fed are trying to keep real rates as low as possible, therefore we see a spike in precious metals… and it’s London listed gold miners that are helping the FTSE today,” Jeremy Batstone-Carr, analyst at Charles Stanley, said. UK miners dominated the list of top gainers not just on the FTSE 100 but also the pan-European FTSEurofirst 300, and the sector helped British stocks outperform their European peers. The FTSE 100 is up nearly 12.5 percent this year, but remains 3 percent off of 13-year highs set in May, just before Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke first indicated that tapering was set to occur later in the year.

NTT Communications to Double UK Server Room Area with New Data Center

“In the last 12 months, there have been significant developments in the legal process following the 2002 Gujarat riots, including convictions in a number of high profile cases,” Cameron told Eastern Eye, a weekly published by the Garavi Gujarat Group of newspapers. “We believe that closer engagement with Gujarat, including chief minister Narendra Modi, is now the best way to achieve our wide-ranging objectives there including on human rights and ensure that the UK can provide a full and consistent range of services across India,” Cameron said. Asked whether the UK will issue a visa to Modi if he wins the general elections in 2014 for BJP, Cameron said “any visa application is assessed on its merits. We are committed to a strong bilateral relationship with India, and that includes welcoming the Indian Prime Minister here for bilateral meetings.” Modi was named as the opposition’s candidate for the top job in India on September 13. Although many western nations including Britain and the US, distanced themselves from Modi in the immediate aftermath of the 2002 riots, there has been a shift in their position in the past year. In March this year, Britain’s foreign office minister Hugo Swire met Modi in Gujarat, saying it was “a logical next step” in Britain’s relations with the Indian state. “I am confident that active engagement is the best way to pursue British interests in Gujarat. This includes support for the British nationals in Gujarat, for the large Gujarati community in the UK, for human rights, and good governance,” Swire said at the time. It came on the back of lobbying by business groups, who sensed investment opportunities in the state and were keen to tap into the bond British Gujaratis have with their homeland. “There were arguments made privately for the UK government to start changing its stance in Gujarat,” said Patricia Hewitt, chair of the UK India Business Council. Barry Gardiner, MP for Brent North and chair of the Labour Friends of India, recently invited Modi to the UK. FEATURED ARTICLES