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Members of the Rolling Stones
are o ering support to Mick Jagger
following the death of his girlfriend
e Stones cancelled their seven-
date tour of Australia and New
Zealand after the fashion designer
and celebrity stylist was found dead
in New York on Monday.
Keith Richards said in a statement
that "no one saw this coming" and
that Jagger has "always been my soul
brother and we love him."
"We're thick as thieves and we're all
feeling for the man," he added.
Charlie Watts said the band's
priority is the 70-year-old Jagger.
"Needless to say we are all
completely shocked but our rst
thought is to support Mick at this
awful time," he said.
"We intend to come back to
Australia and New Zealand as soon
as it proves possible."
Ronnie Wood echoed Watts'
" is is such terrible news and right
now the important thing is that we
are all pulling together to o er Mick
our support and help him through
this sad time," Wood said.
"Without a doubt we intend to be
back out on that stage as soon as we
Scott had been Jagger's companion
since 2001. e Rolling Stones
frontman paid tribute to his girlfriend
on his Facebook page writing, "I will
never forget her."
"I am still struggling to understand
how my lover and best friend could
end her life in this tragic way. We
spent many wonderful years together
and had made a great life for ourselves.
She had great presence and her talent
was much admired, not least by me."
Scott launched her high-end
fashion label in 2006. Nicole Kidman,
US rst lady Michelle Obama and
Penelope Cruz were among the big
names to wear her designs.
Accounts led by Scott's LS Fashion
Ltd in London show the company
had liabilities that exceeded assets
by $6.85 million as of December 31,
e company's long and short-term
debts totalled $10.9m against assets,
capital and reserves of 4m, according
to the accounts, which were led in
Scott recently collaborated
with Banana Republic on a more
a ordable line of clothing. --- AP
Jagger's bandmates offer support
Rolling Stones could
return in October
Pro-Russian forces have seized two
Crimean navy bases and captured
Ukraine's naval chief as Moscow
tightened its grip on the ashpoint
peninsula, despite western warnings its
"annexation" would not go unpunished.
Dozens of despondent Ukrainian
soldiers --- one of them in tears ---
led out of the Ukraine's main navy
headquarters in the historic Black
Sea port city of Sevastopol overnight
after it was stormed by hundreds of
pro-Kremlin protesters and masked
"We have been temporarily
disbanded," a Ukrainian lieutenant
who identi ed himself only as Vlad
"I was born here and I grew up here
and I have been serving for 20 years,"
he said as a Russian ag went up over
the base without a single shot being
red in its defence.
"Where am I going to go?"
A Russian forces representative
said that Ukraine's navy commander
Sergiy Gayduk --- appointed after
his predecessor switched allegiance
in favour of Crimea's pro-Kremlin
authorities at the start of the month ---
had been detained.
A regional prosecutor's statement
said Gayduk was suspected of
"ordering Ukrainian military units ... to
open re on peaceful civilians".
Defence ministry o cials said
Russian forces also seized a military
base in Crimea's western port town
of Novoozerne after using a tractor to
ram open its main gate.
An AFP reporter saw about 50
Ukrainian servicemen le out of the
base under the watchful eye of Russian
soldiers, while pro-Moscow militias
lowered the Ukrainian ag.
e Ukrainian government's loss
of control of the heavily-Russi ed
region was underscored further when
Defence Minister Igor Tenyukh was
forced to cancel an urgent visit aimed
at launching Crimean mediation talks
when the local authorities threatened
to turn back his plane.
e explosive security crisis on the
European Union's eastern frontier
now threatens to reopen a diplomatic
and ideological chasm between Russia
and western powers not seen since the
tension-fraught decades preceding the
1989 fall of the Berlin Wall.
British Prime Minister David
Cameron said overnight that next
week's meeting of leaders from the
Group of Seven (G7) most developed
economies must discuss Russia's
permanent expulsion from the wider
G8 political grouping to which Moscow
was accepted in 1998 as its reward for
pursuing a democratic course.
"I think it's important we move
together with our allies and partners,
and I think we should be discussing
whether or not to expel Russia
permanently from the G8 if further
steps are taken," Cameron told
United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon
will meet with Russian President
Vladimir Putin in Moscow tonight
before holding talks with Ukraine's
interim leaders in Kiev on Friday to
encourage a peaceful resolution of the
crisis. --- AFP
Russian militias storm Crimea bases
A Ukrainian naval o cer, centre, passes by armed men, believed to be Russian ser vicemen, as he leaves the naval
headquarters in Sevastopol.
Rolling Stones fans are
scrambling to get refunds on
concert tickets, hotel bookings
and ights after the veteran
rockers postponed their
Australasian tour --- but they
could be back in October.
e postponement could
cost tens of million of dollars
with all crews, transport and
venues placed on standby, and
merchandise with dates printed
on them now useless.
Frontier Touring said work was
under way to reschedule dates
for the 14 On Fire tour and an
announcement would be made as
soon as possible.
e tour was cancelled
following the death of frontman
Mick Jagger's girlfriend, L'Wren
Scott, in New York.
Jagger was expected to travel
to the United States from Perth,
where the rst concert was to be
But e Rolling Stones plane
remains at Perth airport and
there has been no sightings of the
band in the city since Tuesday,
when drummer Charlie Watts
was reportedly seen shopping in
Watts, Keith Richards and
Ronnie Wood were also said to
have been spotted in the Hyatt
hotel foyer later that night.
Promoter Michael Gudinski
was seen leaving the Hyatt just
after 2pm, followed shortly
after by Watts' granddaughter
Ticketholders have been asked
to keep their tickets until new
dates are announced, but those
wanting refunds can get them via
"If the new dates are not
suitable, rest assured you will be
able to secure a refund," Frontier
e band was paid $450,000
to open the revamped Adelaide
Oval but it is understood that
money will be returned to the
e venue is now working to
nd an alternative date --- but
that could not be until after
the AFL season, which means
the rockers may not return to
Australia until October, after
they tour Europe.
Choice said consumers had a
right to a refund and could also
seek a refund or date change with
airlines and hotels if bookings
had to be cancelled.
"While airlines and hotels aren't
obliged to provide refunds, some
may show discretion in helping
consumers," Choice said.
"If you're unable to change your
travel arrangements, you may be
covered by ticket insurance or
If Ticketek and Frontier
Touring did not provide a suitable
outcome, consumers could
complain to the department of
fair trading or consumer a airs,
Viagogo said tickets purchased
through its website could be
refunded, while eBay policies say
its customers can seek a refund or
replacement ticket. --- AAP
e web may be thought of as being
worldwide, but from its inception the
internet was created, controlled and
overseen largely by a single country: the
Now, however, the US Government
has said it intends to yield the reins to
the global digital community.
e US Commerce Department
says it has asked the California-based
Internet Corporation for Assigned
Names and Numbers (Icann) to plan
a handing over to an as-yet-unde ned
group consisting of both private and
Fadi Chehade, the president and chief
executive of Icann, said: "We are inviting
governments, the private sector, civil
society and other internet organisations
from the whole world to join us in
developing this transition process. All
stakeholders deser ve a voice in the
management and governance of this
global resource as equal partners."
Observers say the decision was
prompted by whistleblower Edward
Snowden's recent revelations, and that
the subsequent backlash may have
forced the Government to relinquish its
historical control over the administration
of the internet. As Rob Atkinson of the
Information Technology and Innovation
Foundation, a Washington DC think-
tank, put it, the US is "giving up its
traditional bodyguard role of internet
e internet was developed as a US
Defence Department initiative during
the 1960s, and it remained an American
project even as it grew into a global
To maintain a uni ed, worldwide web,
a single master list of web addresses
was created, the Domain Name System
(DNS). Jon Postel, a computer scientist
at the University of California in Los
Angeles, was the rst person responsible
for DNS, earning him the nickname
When Postel died in 1998, the
Commerce Department created Icann,
a non-pro t body based in Los Angeles
which took over control of the web's
crucial address list. Although Icann is
nominally overseen by a selection of
governmental and private "stakeholders",
it is under contract from the US
In the short-term, the changes are
likely to have little e ect on internet
users' on-line experience. But observers
say the planned handover is a concession
designed to reassure other countries
suspicious of the power the US wields
over the web. --- AP
Leaks lead to web handover
Oscar Pistorius shot his
girlfriend rst in the hip before
hitting her fatally in the head
through a locked toilet door, a
police ballistics expert has testi ed
at the Paralympian's murder trial
in South Africa.
e ballistics report appears to
support earlier testimony that Reeva
Steenkamp had time to cry for help
before she died and contradicts
the defence team's version that she
could not have screamed.
e South African Paralympian
sprinter says Steenkamp's death
was a terrible accident and that he
shot her through the locked door
after he mistook her for an intruder
when she went to the toilet.
e ballistics report will be key
in the South African State's case
of premeditated murder against
" e best probable explanation is
the deceased was initially upright
behind the closed door; she
sustained a penetrating wound in
the right side of the hip," ballistics
expert, Captain Chris Mangena,
told the court.
e 29-year-old model and law
graduate then fell on to a magazine
rack where bullets hit her elbow,
hand and head in uncertain order.
A bullet clipped her raised left
hand before entering her brain,
" e deceased was seated in a
defensive position," he said.
" e arm was lifted up and was in
front of her chest."
Prosecutor Gerrie Nel then asked
if both of Steenkamp's hands were
for ward, with the left and right
hand crossing the head, mimicking
the position with his own arms.
" at is correct," his witness
Pistorius, 27, sat with his head
in his hands, while Steenkamp's
mother and relatives in the public
gallery lowered their heads when
graphic images of the blood-
splattered bathroom were shown.
e court adjourned until Monday,
after prosecutor Nel asked for time
to re-examine his nal "four or ve"
witnesses before closing his case
early next week. --- AFP
Steenkamp shot in hip
first, then head: police
Bomb kills two
nearly 100 years on
A scrap metal dealer who
bought an ornament from a
bric-a-brac market to be melted
down for its gold has discovered
it is a £20 million ($38.5 million)
e dealer struggled to sell the
egg, bought for £8000, so kept it
in his kitchen for several years.
e unnamed buyer purchased
the egg in the Midwest in the
hope he could cash in on its scrap
But the striking object was
saved from the melting pot
because no one recognised its
potential by o ering him more
than he paid for it.
Eventually he searched on-
line for "egg" and "Vacheron
Constantin", a name etched on
the timepiece inside. e result
was a Telegraph article with the
headline: "Is this £20m nest-egg
on your mantelpiece?"
e article reported the search
for a Faberge missing for 90
years which held a piece by the
Swiss watchmaker Vacheron
Constantin. e dealer contacted
the Faberge expert named in
the piece, Kieran McCarthy of
the Mayfair jeweller Wartski,
who ew to the United States.
McCarthy likened the moment
he saw the egg to "Indiana Jones
being presented with the Lost
e owner was unaware that it
was a magni cent ird Imperial
Faberge Easter Egg made for
e egg, which contains a
Vacheron Constantin watch
inside it, sits on a jewelled gold
stand and was given by Alexander
III to his wife Empress Maria
Feodorovna in Easter 1887.
Unable to sleep for days after
recognising the egg as his, the
owner ew to London to show
images of it to McCarthy who
was left speechless. To con rm it
was not a fake, McCarthy ew to
the small Midwest town where
the owner lived so he could be
sure the egg was genuine.
When McCarthy saw it on
the owner's kitchen table beside
some cupcakes, he con rmed it
was the lost Imperial treasure.
Wartski bought the egg for a
private collector who has allowed
it to be displayed for four days
at an exhibition at Wartski in
London from April 14.
$38m Faberge egg
nearly sold for scrap
Two workers were killed overnight by
the explosion of a World War One shell
near the Belgian town of Ypres, site of
some of the bloodiest battles in the
con ict, o cials say.
Two other men were hurt, one left
ghting for his life, after they disturbed
the shell as they worked near the Ypres
canal, reports s aid, citing local o cials.
e Western Front trenches ran just
outside Ypres, a small medieval town
completely destroyed in the war that was
fought from 1914 to 1918.
Hundreds of thousands of Allied
soldiers died in the vicinity and weapons,
shells and human remains are regularly
found by farmers as they plough their
elds or by workers digging down into
the ground. --- AFP
A Faberge egg
Russell Crowe and the makers of the
big-budget lm Noah have attended
Pope Francis' general audience, but did
not get what they most wanted: a papal
meeting and photo opportunity.
e Australian star had lobbied hard
for a papal thumbs-up for his lm and
the ensuing publicity a Francis blessing
Noah has been banned in much of the
Muslim world because of its depiction
of the prophet, while United States
conservatives have complained it took
liberties with the Biblical account of the
e Vatican spokesman, the Reverend
Federico Lombardi, said the request
from Noah's producers for a private
audience was immediately turned down.
In an e-mail overnight, Lombardi said
there was similarly no scheduled "meet
and greet" after the general audience,
when VIPs can often get a quick word
with the Pope.
" ey could have been at the audience
like anyone else," Lombardi said.
e audience drew an estimated crowd
Francis is loath to lend such blessings
Given his sensitivities to the Muslim
world --- and his upcoming trip to Jordan,
Israel and the Palestinian territories ---
it would seem natural that he would
decline any public endorsement of a lm
that might o end Muslim viewers.
Variety reported that the Noah
delegation, including Crowe, director
Darren Aronofsky, producer Scott
Franklin, and the vice chairman of
Paramount Pictures, Rob Moore, had
met with the Pope, citing a spokeswoman
for Universal, which is distributing the
lm in Italy.
But in an e-mail, Paramount merely
said the delegation "went to hear"
Francis' address at the audience.
Crowe was spotted in the VIP section
of St Peter's Square, but was too far back
to reach the Pope.
After the audience, Crowe tweeted:
" ank you holy father (at) Pontifex
for the blessing," and "What a privilege,
attended the Udienza with the holy
father (at) Pontifex."
Crowe had avidly sought Francis'
blessing for the lm, tweeting in recent
weeks: "Holy Father (at) pontifex, it
would be my deepest pleasure to bring
the (at) darrenAronofsky lm to you to
screen. at this may happen Inshallah."
No papal meeting for Russell Crowe
Russell Crowe as Noah
Italy's four-time former Prime Minister
Silvio Berlusconi has relinquished the
honorary "Knight of Labour" title that
gave him his nickname of "il Cavaliere"
in 1977 as he prepares to ser ve a one-
year sentence for tax fraud.
e 77-year-old media magnate "auto-
suspended" himself from the Federation
of Knights of Labour overnight in a
letter before a planned meeting of the
directorate, the federation said. It did
not provide further details of the letter
or what the directorate planned to
Since entering politics in 1994,
Berlusconi was frequently referred to as
simply "il Cavaliere" both in the media
and by fellow politicians.
On Tuesday, Italy's highest appeals
court con rmed a two-year ban from
public o ce for the centre-right
leader over a conviction for tax fraud
in August in which he was handed a
four-year prison sentence, commuted
to one year.
In April, Berlusconi is expected to be
told whether he will ser ve his sentence
doing community service or under house
Berlusconi, whose Forza Italia party is
the largest parliamentary opposition to
Matteo Renzi's coalition government,
has continued to lead his party from
outside parliament since he was stripped
of his Senate seat in November.
He says he will appeal to Italy's
constitutional court against the tax
fraud verdict and has already appealed
to the European Court of Human
Rights against his expulsion from the
In addition to the tax fraud case,
Berlusconi is appealing a seven-year jail
sentence issued by a Milan court last year
for paying for sex with an underaged
prostitute and abusing his o ce to cover
Berlusconi denies all wrongdoing and
has said he is the victim of politically
motivated prosecutors and judges.
Berlusconi loses title
Investigators are working to recover
data deleted from the home ight
simulator used by the captain of missing
Malaysia Airlines ight MH370, a
Malaysian o cial says.
In a daily press brie ng,Hishammuddin
Hussein, Malaysia's minister of transport
and defence, also said background checks
on all but three of the 239 passengers
and crew on the plane had produced no
"information of signi cance".
MH370 went missing early on
March 8 with 239 passengers and crew,
spawning a huge international search
across South-east Asia and the Indian
Police removed the simulator from
Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah's home
last Saturday after it became clear the
aircraft had likely been deliberately
diverted by someone on board.
"Some data had been deleted from the
simulator and forensic work to retrieve
this data is ongoing," Hishammuddin
said, stressing that no evidence had
been found to implicate Zaharie in any
e minister also said Malaysia
had received the results of passenger
background checks from all countries
with citizens on board - apart from
Ukraine and Russia.
"So far no information of signi cance
on any passengers has been found," he
ere were two Ukrainians and one
Russian on the plane. --- AAP
Data deleted from
A re that may have been burning
since the 1970s in a disused part of a
Victorian mine will have to nally be
put out as it now appears to have a new
source of oxygen.
e re, nicknamed Old Faithful,
has been smouldering for years in the
Hazelwood open-cast mine's northern
batters under a clay cap placed by mine
operators to block its oxygen supply.
CFA incident controller Bob Barry
said that since res came through the
area in February, Old Faithful seemed to
be smoking more.
"It could get progressively worse
because they don't know where the
oxygen source is coming from," Barry
" e best thing to do at the moment
is to pull the clay o and see what's
underneath and if we can suppress it. Let's
dig it out and suppress it once and for all."
Machinery will be brought in on
ursday morning to break open to
cap. Barry said the re "could have been
burning since the '77 res".
"Every now and again it pops up with a
little bit of smoke," Barry said.
Old Faithful is not related to the
February 9 blaze which spotted into
the mine, causing smoke to blanket the
nearby town of Mor well.
He said to put Old Faithful out once
and for all would be a signi cant win.
Old mine fire tackled
A new on-line service has been
launched to allow Irish emigrants
to "attend" family funerals over the
Members of the diaspora who are
unable to travel to pay their respects
will be able to log in to a special private
weblink and stream coverage of services,
Web-based Funerals Live will
broadcast live or o er mourners the
option of a video recording within two
Alan Foudy, who has set up the
company, says it will also allow people
to pay their respects from sick beds in
hospitals, or from nursing homes. --- PA
Virtual presence at Irish funerals
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