Michael O`Leary owner of Ryanair steals papers from Norwegian journalist

Ryanair owner Michael O`Leary steals document out of the hands of Norwegian NRK reporter Kristin Liestøl, before she managed to pull it back again.

Ryanair owner Michael O`Leary steals document out of the hands of Norwegian NRK reporter Kristin Liestøl, before she managed to pull it back again.

Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary tried to take the papers to the TV news reporter in today’s press conference in Oslo, Norway.
The company is being sharply criticized for its poor working conditions, including from an anonymous Rygge-employee who stands out in Moss Avis today – several trade unions are even boycotting the company.

NRK Østfold reporter Lars Håkon Pedersen experienced it all up close.
NRK’s reporter showed Michael O `Leary an employment contract that she wanted him to comment on. She tried to view a page that did not show the name of the contract owner. O `Leary took the contract out of her hands and tried to look at it,” says Pedersen.

The reporter was able to pull the document back again, so that O `Leary could not see who owned the contract.
What he saw was that it was not an employment contract, but a training contract for six months, “said Pedersen.
The incident happened at a press conference where Ryanair stated that they will have a fourth based plane in place at Moss Airport Rygge in March-April next year.

Conditions resembeling slave labor in Ryanair
The same day that Ryanair held the press conference, an employee spoke out about what he calls slave-like working conditions. The person who spoke to Moss Avis will remain anonymous. “Ryanair is firing people on the day over smaller issues than this. None of us are allowed to speak with the press,” said the employee, which tells of an hourly wage of 16 euros for the time the plane is in the air.

Ryanair again rejects all criticism
All Ryanair staff can theoretically join a union, but it is true that we do not negotiate with unions. We are instead in a dialogue with representatives of our own employees, “said McNamara to Moss Avis.
He denies that the employees will only get paid for the time they are in the air, and that one gets fired for getting too late, if it is not repeated after the warnings.

Ryanair Moss Airport Rygge

Ryanair Moss Airport Rygge

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Land a robot on the moon and win $30m

Dozens of entrepreneurs and space engineers will gather on the Isle of Man tomorrow to finalise plans for one of the world’s most technologically ambitious and financially lucrative competitions: the Lunar X prize.

Google Lunar X Prize

Google Lunar X Prize

The  $30m award, which is being backed by Google, will be given to the first company that builds a robot rover craft, lands it safely on the moon, and directs it on a journey of more than 500m across the lunar surface. In doing so, the competition organisers hope to galvanise the exploration of the moon by opening it up to private industry. A deadline of 2012 has been set for all attempts to win the full prize.

“Nasa currently puts the cost of landing a robot rover on the moon at more than US$1 billion,” said Julian Ranger, the UK financier who is raising cash for Astrobotic, one of the prize’s key competitors. “We believe we can get that cost down to less than US$50 million, a price tag that will transform lunar exploration and make the moon a target for all sorts of commercial operations,” he said.

Apart from being able to manoeuvre around the lunar surface, the little Astrobotic rover – which resembles a traffic cone on wheels – has been designed to carry people’s cremated ashes to the moon as well as a variety of small experiments. In addition, it is intended to land the probe near the 1969 landing site of Apollo 11 in the Sea of Tranquillity.

“Part of our business plan will be to get our rover to move round the site and take a 3D high-definition film of it,” said Ranger, a former engineer, software developer and self-confessed spaceflight fanatic who raised the initial investment that was needed to set up Astrobotic Technology.

“This [footage] would be shown on television around the world. If nothing else, it should prove to the doubters that the Apollo missions really took place.”

The Google Lunar X prize has been created following the success of the Ansari X prize. This was established in 1996 to inspire private investment in manned space travel and the US$10 million prize, backed by a number of US foundations, was won by aeronautical engineer Burt Rutan.

His SpaceShipOne craft was flown twice within a month to the edge of space in 2004. That technology is now being used to build Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic fleet of spaceships, which are scheduled to start carrying tourists to space by 2012. Tickets are priced at US$200,000 each.

One of the first customers to fly on the Virgin Galactic will be Ranger.

He said that Astrobotic Technology hopes to build its lander for US$15 million to US$20 million. The company is in negotiation with SpaceX – a private US launch company controlled by the software billionaire Elon Musk – which was recently awarded a US$1 billion contract by Nasa to ferry supplies to the International Space Station.

The deadline for a team to make an attempt to win the full US$20 million Lunar X prize has been set for December 2012. After that, the prize money will drop to US$15 million.

If no project has succeeded by December 2014, the competition will be scrapped – though there is a prospect of an extension, say the organisers. Bonus awards have been added to the prize.

If a rover cannot only travel half a kilometre over the lunar terrain, but survives the cold of a 14-day-long lunar night, an extra US$4 million will be awarded. Another bonus, of US$2 million, will be given if the craft is launched from Florida.

A total of 22 teams have put their names down as competitors for the prize.

Man killed, eaten, the rest sold to a kebab shop in Russia

Suspected cannibals killed a young man, ate parts of him and then sold other bits to a kebab shop.
Cops also believe the 25-year-old victim’s body parts may have been used to fill pies too.

The trio of homeless guys were arrested in Russia – accused of murdering the man with knives and a hammer.
Prosecutors revealed: “After carrying out the crime, the corpse was divided up – part of it was eaten and part of it was sold to a kiosk selling kebabs and pies.”
Suspicions were raised when dismembered parts of a human body were found near a bus stop in the outskirts of the Russian city of Perm – which is 720 miles east of Moscow.

The three men all have criminal records, said Russian cops.
They have been arrested on suspicion of killing their victim – who has not been named – before chopping up his corpse to eat.

Detectives for the Prem region released the astonishing statement that the human remains could have been used for kebabs and pies on their http://www.susk.perm.ru website.
But police said it was not clear yet if any of the human meat had been sold to customers.

Final result of the 2009 Norwegian parliamentary election

 Final result of the 2009 Norwegian parliamentary election

People eligable to vote: Votes Turnout Blank votes Rejected vote-sheets Rapport status
3530785 2696375 76,4% 11630 2023 100% count

After all election failures have been seemingly cleared up, these are the final official results of the 2009 Norwegian parliamentary election:

 

2009
  Prognosis
Party Vote count %- Votes %-change
F-07
%-change
S-05
In % Mandates Change
S-05
Leveling seat
A 949049 35,4 +4,6 +2,7 35,4 64 +3 0
SV 166361 6,2 -0,3 -2,6 6,2 11 -4 5
R 36219 1,3 -0,7 +0,1 1,3 0   0
SP 165006 6,2 -1,7 -0,3 6,2 11   2
KRF 148748 5,5 -1,2 -1,2 5,5 10 -1 6
V 104144 3,9 -1,7 -2,0 3,9 2 -8 0
H 462458 17,2 -1,5 +3,1 17,2 30 +7 3
FRP 614717 22,9 +4,4 +0,9 22,9 41 +3 3
DEM 2285 0,1 -0,2 0,0 0,1 0   0
DLF 350 0,0 0,0 0,0 0,0 0   0
KSP 4936 0,2 0,0 0,0 0,2 0   0
KYST 5341 0,2 -0,2 -0,6 0,2 0   0
MDG 9286 0,3 -0,2 +0,2 0,3 0   0
NKP 697 0,0 0,0 0,0 0,0 0   0
PP 11900 0,4 -0,6 0,0 0,4 0   0
SFP 140 0,0 0,0 0,0 0,0 0   0
TPF 64 0,0 0,0 0,0 0,0 0   0
ABORT 178 0,0 0,0 0,0 0,0 0   0
ES 103 0,0 0,0 0,0 0,0 0   0
NPAT 183 0,0 0,0 0,0 0,0 0   0
NRA 54 0,0 0,0 0,0 0,0 0   0
SALL 241 0,0 0,0 0,0 0,0 0   0
SAMT 264 0,0 0,0 0,0 0,0 0   0
VIGRID 179 0,0 0,0 0,0 0,0 0   0
Others 0 0,0 -0,6 -0,2 0,0 0   0
Total  2682903        Sum: 169   19

In conclusion – 4 more years of the current A, SV, SP coalition.