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Julian Bray writes:   In what will be seen as a major blow to the UK coalition government, and to any future revival of the UK shipbuilding and ship repair industry; the US owned cruise line Royal Caribbean's third multiple Azipod driven Oasis-class ship (and as is usual a lucrative ongoing maintenance contract for years ahead is also tied in) will be built by the STX shipyard in France, and the vessel delivered, to fully enter service in mid-2016. 

The cruise line also confirmed that it took an option for a second ship with a potential delivery of mid-2018.  The shock decision to use France rather than Finland, finally slams the door for the UK, in securing any substantive orders or ongoing ship repair contracts for this new megaclass of cruise ships, which will service European waters, although the cruise line rarely caters for French and German speaking guests, but relies on its English speaking clientele for its continuing revenue streams.

The order for the ship was flagged up in October, but it has been unclear until now, which shipyard or country would actually build it. Both Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas were built at STX Turku in Finland, but Finland was unable to underwrite adequate up front funding to secure the ship order.  The ship being handed over in stages, so it is essentially down to the shipyard to initially carry the financial burden. The fact that France in the eurozone and  is also said to be on the verge of EC special measures, it begs the question of how France was able to finance the whole deal without assistance from both the EC and the French government, which of course flies in the face of community eurozone monetary rules.

The South Florida Business Journal, let slip that the price per berth for the ship will cost less than either Oasis or Allure, pointing strongly to French Goverment fixers to deliver the lower price option, possibly with EC Eurozone backing.  Although the cruise line did not provide the actual price, its projected capital expenditures for 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 are $1.3 billion, $700 million, $1.2 billion, $1.2 billion and $1.3 billion, respectively.   STX France also built Cunard's Queen Mary 2.

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The iconic former Cunarder the QE2 is set to be broken up and sold for scrap metal to the Chinese for £20 million by the current owners the cash hungry Dubai World .

 This development follows the failure of a project to bring it back to the famous cruise liner back to Britain as a five-star floating hotel, an idea originally floated on this blogsite CDUCK News

 The iconic ocean liner - which also served  as a troop carrier during the Falklands War  - has been docked in a commercial port in Dubai since it was sold for £100m in 2008.  The London bid had the verbal support of Chancellor George Osbourne, and London Mayor Boris Johnson

The cash strapped Dubai World organisation had originally planned to convert the QE2 into a luxury hotel at the tip of the man made Palm Jumeirah island.   But after years of frenetic spending Dubai World had to be finalcially bailed out and the liner has remained docked in less exotic Port Rashid for the last five years clocking up running costs of £650,000 a month.

Earlier this month, a British consortium presented Dubai with a £70m bid to bring the QE2 to London and convert into a five star hotel moored opposite the O2 Arena.   The QE2 London bid had the support of George Osborne and Boris Johnson and claimed it could have brought up to 2,000 jobs to London. But the proposal didn't have the active support of the Labour opposition and other sections of the coalition.  A Chinese crew of around 20 is said to have boarded the vessel QE2 at Port Rashid last Friday, leading to fears it has already been sold as scrap \and would be discreetly moved during the winter holiday season.

 Roger Murray of the QE2 London is reported to have said: ‘We have been told the ship is going to be put into a dry dock before being taken to an unknown destination in the far east.  Our investors were set to give £20m for the ship itself plus £60m for renovation and the cost of bringing the ship back to Britain.  But the ship could raise as much as £20m as dead weight scrap and the Chinese cash would be immediate.’

When Istithmar – part of the state conglomerate Dubai World - bought the QE2 from Cunard in 2007 it agreed it would not sell it on for at least ten years.   But a source close to Dubai World said he believed ‘a contract modification could be agreed’ allowing it to be sold on for scrap.

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Interim guidelines on prosecuting cases involving communications sent via social media, issued today by the Director of Public Prosecutions

DPP interim guidelines on prosecuting cases involving communications sent via social media

Published December 19, 2012

Interim guidelines on prosecuting cases involving communications sent via social media, issued today by the Director of Public Prosecutions

1. These guidelines set out the approach that prosecutors should take when
making decisions in relation to cases where it is alleged that criminal
offences have been committed by the sending of a communication via
social media. The guidelines are designed to give clear advice to
prosecutors who have been asked either for a charging decision or for
early advice to the police, as well as in reviewing those cases which have
been charged by the police. Adherence to these guidelines will ensure that
there is a consistency of approach across the CPS.

2. The guidelines cover the offences that are likely to be most commonly
committed by the sending of communications via social media. These
guidelines equally apply to the resending (or retweeting) of
communications and whenever they refer to the sending of a
communication, the guidelines should also be read as applying to the
resending of a communication. However, for the reasons set out below,
the context in which any communication is sent will be highly material.

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BBC Polllard Review e-mails powers staff reshuffles:

The email message below is being sent to all BBC Staff by Time Davie Acting DG
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Dear All,

We have received and considered Nick Pollard’s report on the management of the original Newsnight investigation into Jimmy Savile and the subsequent Editor’s blog.

I want to share with you the key findings and what we are going to do about the recommendations, which we accept in full.

I think it’s worth remembering why we originally commissioned such a thorough and independent report. Accusations of a ‘cover up’ were being made against the BBC, and that management placed unjustified pressure on the team not to run the story. The independence and integrity of our journalism is crucial to the publics' trust in us.

I am pleased to say that the review found no evidence of any improper pressure to prevent the broadcast of the Newsnight investigation or to protect the Jimmy Savile tribute programmes.

That said, the report exposed clear failings in some of our systems, the way we work together and make decisions. It also picks up on specific issues such as the role of Editors’ blogs and the comprehensive use of the Managed Risk Programme List as a way to highlight potential issues relating to programmes. You can see a copy of the full Pollard Review report here.

What matters now is what we do about these findings. Again, you can see the full Executive Board and Trust response here. The actions we are taking relating to organisation and culture include:

· Newsnight is one of our flagship journalism programmes and we need to revitalise it. We have decided that the best way forward is for there to be a new senior editorial team on the programme. Peter Rippon, who has been Editor for the last four years, has agreed that this is in the best interests of himself and the programme. We are now talking to him about another role in the BBC, commensurate with his skills and experience. The post of Editor Newsnight will be advertised in the New Year and Karen O’Connor will continue as Acting Editor in the meantime.

· Helen Boaden will be returning to her post as Director of News tomorrow. This morning, the Deputy Director of BBC News, Stephen Mitchell, tendered his resignation which I have accepted with great sadness. He has been an outstanding and loyal servant of BBC News over the past 38 years and is widely and rightly admired for his editorial judgement and personal integrity. He will retire from the BBC at a date to be agreed next year, in the course of which he will hand over his responsibilities as head of news programmes.

· Improving the way we share information about the highest risk programmes and investigations across the BBC by making the Managed Risk Programme List work better. We’ll also see how we can improve communication at the senior level across Divisions in a way that also safeguards editorial independence. We do not propose to tackle these issues by adding increased processes or compliance.

· Reviewing how we publish Editors’ blogs.

· In the longer term, both myself and Tony Hall will look at what needs to change within the management and culture at BBC News while making sure we continue to produce outstanding journalism day-in-day-out. We will also look at how we make sure silos don’t get in the way of effective team-working and sharing information across the BBC.

· Finally, we will consider roles and responsibilities at the top of the BBC to ensure effective oversight of editorial standards.

The Trust are also publishing the editorial standards findings into what happened with the Newsnight McAlpine investigation on 2 November, which includes the full MacQuarrie report here. What happened was unacceptable and no one can be under any illusion about the seriousness of the mistakes made and there are some organisational changes as a result. We have sought to be fair to the individuals involved, recognising their previously long and unblemished record of service with the BBC and the exceptional circumstances in which they had been placed.

Specifically, Adrian Van Klaveren, Controller Radio 5 live, will start a new senior role and we’ll confirm details early in the New Year. He will hand over his responsibility for Radio 5 live to Jonathan Wall who will be Acting Controller while the process for a full time replacement is completed. As already mentioned, there will be a new Newsnight senior editorial team and Liz Gibbons, Deputy Editor of Newsnight, will move to another role in BBC News. Peter Johnston continues in his role as Director Northern Ireland.

These reviews have been a tough process for the BBC and particularly for the individuals involved, all of whom have had long and respected careers at the BBC. We have already faced significant consequences including the resignation of a DG. Looking forward, the changes we need to make to ensure these failings do not happen again are not about new rules and regulations. They are about making existing processes work and improving the way we communicate and make decisions. I hope that with a new year, we can draw a line under it, learn from our mistakes and refocus on our audiences.

Best regards,

Tim Davie
Acting Director-General

Acting BBC DG Tim Davie announces 5 Live controller Adrian Van Klaveren is stepping down from his role.

In an email to staff, Davie said Van Klaveren will move to a new senior role within the BBC in the new year, and hand over his responsibility for Radio 5 live to Jonathan Wall who will be Acting Controller while the process for a full time replacement is completed.

Adrain sent a note to staff saying his departure from the national station is not representative of the way he performed his job there, more about the events which happened whilst he was temporarily looking after another role.

The full email to staff from Tim Davie this afternoon also said there will be be a new senior editorial team on Newsnight, and Helen Boaden will be returning to her post as Director of News tomorrow because of recent investigations into Jimmy Savile allegations.

In additional Adrian Van Klaveren has made a statement saying “it is a very sad day for me at the end of an incredibly difficult few weeks.

The full statement is below:

Your support over this period has been nothing short of overwhelming and has meant so much to me. I do not propose to go into detail here about the events surrounding the Newsnight Report on 2nd November but you can read the BBC’s account elsewhere. What is of course especially hard to take is that I am leaving 5 live as a result of events which had nothing to do with how I carried out my job here. Rather it happened after I had just begun a temporary role in the most challenging of circumstances.

What I do want to say today is that I have had a wonderful five years at 5 live. Together we have taken audience numbers and quality ratings to record highs, we have won many awards including Sony Radio Academy Station of the Year and we have successfully moved to Salford. We have started to embrace a digital revolution and there have been so many wonderful moments, culminating last summer in the Olympics and Paralympics, described last weekend in a review of the year as “radio’s crowning achievement of 2012.”

I will miss 5 live terribly, the programmes, our listeners but, much more than anything else, I will miss all of you who work on the station. You are without doubt the best team of people I have ever worked with. Every day you make brilliant radio with a spirit and passion I have rarely seen elsewhere. You can look to the future with pride and confidence and it has been an honour to have played a part in shaping those prospects. I would like to thank all of my colleagues across BBC North where I believe we have started to build something which will help guide the reinvention of the BBC and equally I would like to thank colleagues from all parts of BBC Radio for their support over the past few years.

There’ll be more details of my new job early in the New Year. As I begin what will without doubt be a new and fascinating chapter in my BBC career, I will be handing over 5 live to Jonathan Wall who will be Acting Controller for the next few weeks. I wish him and the rest of you all the luck in the world and I will now return to being one of 5 live’s most dedicated listeners.

Best wishes and Merry Christmas


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Hoax call nurse found dead.

The nurse who was working at the King Edward VIII private hospital treating the Duchess of Cambridge when telephone hoaxers struck earlier this week has been found dead..  Nurse Jacintha Saldanha was found in Weymouth Street, near the King Edward VII Hospital in London this morning.

The hospital released a statement: “We can confirm the tragic death of a member of our nursing staff, Jacintha Saldanha.  Jacintha has worked at the King Edward VII Hospital for more than four years. She was an excellent nurse and a well-respected and popular member of staff with all her colleagues. We can confirm that Jacintha was recently the victim of a hoax call to the hospital. The hospital has been supporting her at this difficult time.”

Hospital chief executive John Lofthouse said: “Our thoughts and deepest sympathies at this time are with her family and friends. Everyone is shocked by the loss of a much-loved and valued colleague.”

Lord Glenarthur, the hospital’s chairman, said: “This is a tragic event. Jacintha was a first class nurse who cared diligently for hundreds of patients during her time with us. She will be greatly missed.”

Scotland Yard said the death was not being treated as suspicious.

Two Australian radio presenters  impersonated the Queen and the Prince of Wales to dupe Ms Saldanha into giving a condition update on Kate, who was suffering severe morning sickness at the private hospital. The presenters did however passed a recording to lawyers to obtain clearance, before broadcasting the tape to their Australian audiences.

The presenters, from 2Day FM, remarked during their show how their efforts were the “easiest prank call ever made”, as they put on mock British accents they later described as “terrible”.

In a statement today, Scotland Yard said officers were called at around 9.35am this morning to a report of a woman found unconscious at an address in Weymouth Street, W1.

It said: “London Ambulance Service attended and the woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Inquiries are continuing to establish the circumstances of the incident.

An internal investigation is being held by the Hospital, sources this afternoon suggest the Chief Executive John Lofthouse,  is considering his own position.

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OPERATION YEWTREE UPDATES >>> Max Clifford arrested and bailed in Operation Yewtree sex offences investigation. Allegations relate to 1977.

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2013 Sir Tim Bell deserves a mention and this gem from GUIDO FAWKES www.order-order.com could well line the walls of the 'Others' file.


An early contender for the funniest quote of 2013, spinmeister Lord Bell has been musing ( http://www.managementtoday.co.uk/news/1164615/   )  on lobbying and PR:

>  'Although people constantly accuse us of being the most evil, corrupt sons of the devil, we aren't. We are actually the most truthful people in the world, because we know that the truth works.'

Rewind back to November 1977  though and Tim Bell himself claims that he was not telling the truth after he was charged with "wilfully, openly, lewdly and obscenely" exposing himself "with intent to insult a female" under Section 4 of the 1824 Vagrancy Act. He was found guilty and fined £50 by Hampstead Magistrates Court after a solo erotic incident visible at his bathroom window. 

According to his biographer Mark Hollingsworth, Bell "admitted the conviction but denied that the event took place. He confided to a colleague that his lawyers, Butcher Brooks and Co. advised him to plead guilty to avoid a scandal." Was he guilty - as he claimed - or not? Is that "how the truth works"?

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Max Clifford tells us in his book “Read All About It” that he took extra care to make clear that underage girls were never allowed at his infamous sex parties. According to Clifford:

“The parties initially took place about once a month, then weekly. I became the ringmaster, a role I like to have in many aspects of life, and particularly when I’m in the middle of big stories. The parties became my circus and various people performed in different ways. I didn’t allow drugs to be taken or anyone underage to come… Although what I’ve done is certainly immoral, sexual procuring has never bothered me as long as the people involved have been old enough to know what they’re doing.”

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Breaking: Did this original CDUCK story on the BBC VT Christmas Tape spark off Max 'Yewtree' enquiry? Judge for yourself, click the link. 

+++  Latest December 6th 2012 21:15hrs  Max Clifford, having spent all day being questioned by the Met Police, with required breaks, and this evening released on police bail made a short statement on the steps of Londons' Belgravia Police Station  +++

+++  "These allegations are damaging and totally untrue, on a personal level very distressing to my wife and family. Anyone who knows me, would know they are untrue". 

Reporters asked: How old are these allegations Max ? He responded 1977." +++

Max Clifford:   Allegations relate to 1977 Mr Clifford confirmed 

Max Clifford, Press Agent, and serial self publicist who claims to be a leading public relations expert, has been arrested in a dawn raid at his home, by detectives investigating historic sex offences.  Mr Clifford was arrested by the Met Police officers as part of Operation Yewtree.

Max spills the beans on radio with James Whale....

Scotland Yard earlier said officers had arrested a man in his 60s "on suspicion of sexual offences" and had taken him to a Central London police station. Max Clifford is the the sixth person to be questioned as part of the operation.

Police launched Operation Yewtree to investigate historic allegations of sex offences after revelations that the late Sir Jimmy Savile had abused young people during his broadcasting career.

Operation Yewtree has three strands.

One is looking specifically at the actions of Sir Jimmy Savile, the second strand concerns allegations against "Savile and others". The separate third strand relates to alleged complaints against other people unconnected to the Sir Jimmy Savile investigations.

Scotland Yard said the man arrested on Thursday morning had been arrested as part of this last separate category of the operation.

Mr Clifford was arrested at this Surrey home at 07:40 GMT and taken to a central London police station.

Five people have now been arrested and a sixth has been questioned as part of the Met's Yewtree investigations.

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Autumn Statement Main Points Overview

  • OBR lowers growth forecast  by 2017 just 2.8%
  • Borrowing Forecasts revised  £108 billion, but could fall to £31 by 2018 but figured disputed
  • OBR on course to meet fiscal mandate 
  • Debt target missed 
  • Net debt will not fall until 2017
  • Cuts to continue to 2017/18
  • Departmental budgets reduced by 1%
  •  Corporation tax cut to 21% to April 2014
  • Working Age Benefits and Credits uprated by 1 %  ie they will fall in real terms
  • State Pension Uprated in line with inflation 
  • Personal Income Tax allowance to rise to approx £9,040 per annum
  • Higher rate threshold up 1%
  • Higher rate pension capped at £40k
  • Fuel energy January 3p rise in fuel duty cancelled outright!
  • Shale Gas incentive  - new Quango - the Office for Unconventional Gas 
  • £5 billion for investment  in infrastructure 

Kate: All you need to know about Hyperemesis Gravidarum?

Smile Kate, the Telegraph says it might be a case of  third and forth in line of succession ...
Julian Bray comments: As a simple handy guide for the thousands of well-wishers, journalists and broadcasters from all over the world,  doorstepping the private London hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge is spending an uncomfortable few nights, just what is this [phonetic] hyper-em-esis gravid-arum all about? 

It's generally recognised that 'Morning Sickness' is fairly routine or a common complaint among pregnant women, and is sometimes enhanced when twins are expected, or IVF in some form, had been employed. In numerical terms, for most, a temporary but minor nuisance. For the chosen few, hit with the very serious and distressing enhanced condition, as experienced by the Duchess of Cambridgeshire, the sickness can strike at any time of the day or night, and may continue for several months throughout the course of the pregnancy. 

Simply for women with hyperemesis gravidarum, the problem is serious  - and unrecognised or untreated potentially dangerous. All too often pregnant females do not seek medical assistance, thinking it is just a condition associated with a normal pregnancy, but their vomiting is extreme, and as such no food or liquid can be kept down. This is where medical intervention usually in the form of a 'drip' is introduced to keep fluid levels up. Although morning sickness usually passes as the pregnancy progresses hyperemesis gravidarum can last beyond past the first third or trimester of a normal pregnancy. It should, say doctors, pass by week 21 of pregnancy, but can as we have seen last much longer.

Turning to the symptoms of hyperemesis gravidarum. Females with hyperemesis gravidarum will from time to time experience tiredness and possibly dizzy spells, they will probably  lose some 10 per cent of their body weight weight but clearly not in a 'nice'way. The condition has a number of side effects for example they may find they're passing urine less often. The real danger say most medical professionals is that of dehydration, this is a condition faced daily by aid workers, in famine prone areas of the word, simply fluid is lost from the body and not fully replaced. Symptoms from forms of Dehydration include headaches, palpitations and in some cases confusion. Nutritional balances in the body can also be affected, so it is vital all symptoms are properly reported and treated.

So what are the causes of hyperemesis gravidarum ?  One in 50 pregnant women will experience Hyperemesis gravidarum It is more common in young mothers, also women in their first pregnancy, and those with multiple pregnancies ie twins or IVF.

The cause of hyperemesis gravidarum isn't fully known, although there are, as you might suspect, a number of theories, including changes in hormones, emotional changes occurring during pregnancy, nutritional deficiency, and gastrointestinal dysmotility where food binds or clumps in the digestive system, rather than moving smoothly through it. A full review of all medications taken over the previous year clearly needs to be undertaken.

Because the cause is not yet really understood, it's not possible to prevent hyperemesis gravidarum occurring. However, it is possible, and very important, to recognise it and treat it successfully.

So how can hyperemesis gravidarum be treated?  In the early stages, women with hyperemesis gravidarum may be advised to rest and possibly eat bite-size pieces of dry toast or dry crackers,  before getting out of bed, they should also have frequent but small meals. Fried or spicy foods, or even smells that trigger symptoms of nausea and vomiting, are best avoided. Some may benefit from eating ginger or foods prepared with ginger, such as ginger biscuits and crystallised ginger, or drinking ginger herbal tea.

A treatment which is often used to combat sea sickness:  Acupressure may help: Simply press a finger or thumb against the inside of the wrist or wear an elastic wristband with a plastic button or bead  sewn into it. Doctors may also recommend anti-nausea medication..  With severe symptoms, admission to hospital for a few days for observation and to treat dehydration with intravenous fluids may be the answer.  If the problem isn’t recognized and treated early there may be other issues such as premature labour and pre-eclampsia.

Although we have covered most of the symptoms and possible outcomes, it isn't possible to know all the circumstances of individual cases;  this can only be achieved  by medical consultation. But when the Prince hurries into his waiting car through a bombardment of flash bulbs you can understand why a jolly interview might not be forthcoming from the young concerned Royal.

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Duchess of Cambridge, pregnant and driven to Hospital...

Julian Bray writes: Following mounting speculation and a few unguarded leaks it's finally confirmed: The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting a baby, is less than 12 weeks pregnant, and as is usual the announcement was made by St James's Palace, this afternoon (Monday December 3rd 2012).  

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and other members of both families are be said to delighted with the news and congratulate the happy couple .

But the announcement was on the back of an element of drama,  as the palace also confirmed Kate had been admitted to a private hospital for treatment for a severe bout of morning sickness, known as Hyperemesis Gravidarum. She's expected to stay in for a few days. 

She was taken unwell during a visit to relatives, the Cambridges arrived at the St Edwards Hospital in Central London, by private car from Bucklebury in Hertfordshire, where they had been visiting the in-laws, Kates parents. 

The official line from the palace:  "The Duchess was admitted this afternoon to King Edward VII Hospital in central London with hyperemesis gravidarum.

"As the pregnancy is in its very early stages, Her Royal Highness is expected to stay in hospital for several days and will require a period of rest thereafter."

Royal sources say the Duchess knew late last month that she was pregnant and has been scaling back her royal rota  of engagements, and contrary to some views Kate has not ruled out some maternity nurse help and a possible resident nanny for the first year at least.  It's expected that like Diana, the Norland Nanny agency will be an early port of call. The nurses in their distinctive brown uniforms, have looked after many Royals over the years, whatever gender the Cambridges produce, the infant Royal will be third in line of succession to the throne.

Meanwhile back at King Edward VII Hospital, the media pack is encamped on the doorstep and growing by the hour. In 2000, the Hospital changed its name from King Edward VII’s Hospital for Officers to King Edward VII’s Hospital Sister Agnes and in accordance with its charitable aim, the financial benefits to which Officer patients had been entitled, were unconditionally extended to all ranks of serving and ex-Service personnel.

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He operated at board level with several airline and aviation groups, including Alitalia, British Island Airways, British Airways, Galileo , British Aerospace, Skyways, former CEO City firm Leadenhall Assoc. (PR WEEK TOP 150) Founder CNS City News Service. Director NTN Television News (joint co. with ITV Wales TWW) Debretts People 2017 and featured in launch edition of the PRWeek Black Book. Investigative Journalist and Broadcaster.

After-dinner speaker and presenter. NUJ LIFE MEMBER & FULL EQUITY MEMBER.

Direct links to a selection of television and radio contributions can be found at foot of this page. Scroll down. Join the conversation here or on Twitter at @aviationcomment @julianbray.

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