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+ - Pussy Riot members jailed for two years for hooliganism->

Submitted by arielCo
arielCo (995647) writes "Three members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot have been jailed for two years after staging an anti-Vladimir Putin protest in a Moscow cathedral. Judge Marina Syrova convicted the women of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred, saying they had "crudely undermined social order".

On 21 February, as a part of a protest movement against the re-election of Vladimir Putin, four women from the group came to the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow, crossed themselves, bowed to the altar and began to perform a song asking the Virgin Mary to "drive Putin away" and describing the openly pro-Putin Russian Patriarch, Kirill I of Moscow, as someone who believes in Putin rather than in God, but after less than one minute guards cut short the performance and escorted them outside."

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+ - Nokia hits junk credit rating-> 1

Submitted by arielCo
arielCo (995647) writes ""Quoth the International Business Times UK, among other sources: 'Nokia has had its creditworthiness downgraded to junk status by ratings company Moody's Investors Service after the troubled Finnish communications giant announced thousands of jobs cuts and warned of second quarter losses that are likely to be worse than expected. [...] Moody's had already warned in April that Nokia faced a downgrade to Ba1 — junk status — from Baa3, with a negative outlook.'""
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+ - Nokia's Credit Rating Slashed to Junk Status ->

Submitted by arielCo
arielCo (995647) writes "Quoth the International Business Times UK, among other sources: 'Nokia has had its creditworthiness downgraded to junk status by ratings company Moody's Investors Service after the troubled Finnish communications giant announced thousands of jobs cuts and warned of second quarter losses that are likely to be worse than expected. [...] Moody's had already warned in April that Nokia faced a downgrade to Ba1 — junk status — from Baa3, with a negative outlook.'"
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+ - Iran Discovers "World's Largest" Helium Reserve ->

Submitted by arielCo
arielCo (995647) writes "The managing director of Iran's Pars Oil and Gas Company said Iran has discovered the world's biggest helium reserve in its South Pars gas field in southern Iran, the English language satellite Press TV reported on Friday.

The volume of the world's helium reserves is 40 billion cubic meters and the South Pars gas field [reportedly] holds 10 billion cubic meters of the total amount."

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+ - Venezuelan Govt seeks Internet content bill, NAP

Submitted by Ah, none is more coward!
Ah, none is more coward! (995647) writes "Several local and international news outlets report that the overwhelmingly pro-Chávez Venezuelan National Assembly is considering to reform their Social Responsibility law to include Internet content. Besides regulations on mature content and mandatory airing of government messages, the existing bill includes broad prohibitions against "destabilizing" and "disquieting" content.

The Assembly will also propose a proposal for a single national Internet access point, "with a view to handling outgoing and incoming traffic in Venezuela"."

+ - Laser 'tattoos' for labelling fruit-> 3

Submitted by arielCo
arielCo (995647) writes "Those helpful-yet-annoying little stickers on fruits that tell the cashier the variety and brand may be replaced with a CO2 laser etching. Quoth the PhysOrg article: "the laser cauterizes the peel, much like when a laser is used on human skin. The cauterized area is impenetrable to pathogens and decay organisms and resists water loss". Demonstrated on a grapefruit, it is due for testing on "tomatoes, avocado and other citrus fruits". The original paper (abstract) requires a paid subscription."
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