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From: StockDung4/16/2008 1:14:32 PM
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Vitamins A, C and E are 'a waste of time and may even shorten your life'

Last updated at 17:37pm on 16.04.08
thisislondon.co.uk


Vitamins taken by around a third of the population do not extend life and may even cause premature death, according to a respected group of international scientists.

After reviewing 67 studies involving more than 230,000 men and women, the experts say there is no convincing evidence that taking supplements of the antioxidant vitamins A, C and E can make you healthier.

The alarming findings, published today, will shock Britons who spend £333million a year on supplements.

Forty per cent of women and 30 per cent of men take a vitamin pill each day.

The review involved trials on beta-carotene, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E and selenium.

It says in-depth analysis of the different trials does not support the idea that vitamins extend lifespan.

'Even more, beta-carotene, vitamin A, and vitamin E seem to increase mortality,' says the review.

Vitamin A was linked to a 16 per cent increase in mortality, beta-carotene - the pigment found in carrots, tomatoes and broccoli which the body converts into vitamin A - to a 7 per cent increase and vitamin E to a 4 per cent increase. However, there was no significant detrimental effect caused by vitamin C.

'There was no evidence to support either healthy people using antioxidants to prevent disease or for sick people to take them to get better,' said the review.

It said more research was needed on vitamin C and selenium.

Antioxidants are used by the body as protection against free radicals, which are molecules produced during normal metabolism.

These can damage the body if they flourish in an uncontrolled way as a result of illness, overexposure to toxins or ageing.

It is thought antioxidants such as vitamin C confer health benefits by 'grabbing' or neutralising free radicals, and many people take them as health 'insurance'.

The theory behind using antioxidants is to combat oxidation - the chemical reaction that causes metals to rust - which in cells can damage DNA, thus raising the risk of cancer, other diseases and the changes associated with ageing.

Previous human and animal laboratory research suggested that boosting antioxidant levels in the body might extend life, but other studies produced neutral or even harmful results.

The review is published by the Cochrane Library, a publication of the Cochrane Collaboration, an international organisation which evaluates healthcare research.

Altogether 47 trials involving 180,938 people were classified as having a low risk of bias which showed 'antioxidant supplements significantly increased mortality'.

Goran Bjelakovic, who led the review at the Copenhagen University Hospital in Denmark, said: 'We could find no evidence to support taking antioxidant supplements to reduce the risk of dying earlier in healthy people or patients with various diseases.

'The findings of our review show that if anything, people in trial groups given the antioxidants beta-carotene, vitamin A, and vitamin E showed increased rates of mortality.

'There was no indication that vitamin C and selenium may have positive or negative effects. So, regarding these antioxidants, we need more data from randomised trials.

'The bottom line is that current evidence does not support the use of antioxidant supplements in the general healthy population or in patients with certain diseases.'

The review does not offer any biological explanation as to why supplements can cause harm, although it has been suggested that betacarotene, for example, might interfere with the body's use of fats.

There is no suggestion from the review that a healthy diet including plenty of vegetables and fruit - natural sources of antioxidants - is harmful.

The latest scare has infuriated many in the vitamins industry and nutritionists such as Patrick Holford who believe there is a campaign by the medical establishment to discredit their products and their role in optimising health.

Mr Holford said the review was 'a stitch-up' because all the studies were chosen strictly for reducing mortality, and not for the many advantages reported in other studies.

He said: 'The only way this review could produce the negative results was by finding reasons to exclude most of the positive studies, including all the positive ones on selenium.'

Although the authors claimed to be assessing antioxidant supplements for the prevention of mortality, they excluded all studies - 405 of them - which reported no deaths.

Mr Holford said: 'Antioxidants are not meant to be magic bullets and should not be expected to undo a lifetime of unhealthy habits.

'But when used properly, in combination with eating a healthy diet full of fruit and vegetables, getting plenty of exercise and not smoking, antioxidant supplements can play an important role in maintaining and promoting overall health.

'I take, and will continue to take an all-round antioxidant supplementing containing these nutrients as well as CoQ10, lipoic acid and resveratrol - the "red wine" factor - and also eat a diet high in fruit and vegetables.'

Pamela Mason, of the industry-backed Health Supplements Information Service, said: 'Antioxidant vitamins, like any other vitamins, were never intended for the prevention of chronic disease and mortality.

'They are intended for health maintenance on the basis of their various physiological roles in the body and in the case of antioxidant vitamins, this does, in appropriate amounts, include a protective antioxidant effect in the body's tissues.

'These vitamins are essential for health and many people in the UK do not have an adequate intake.

'A vitamin supplement taken in recommended amounts can be beneficial for health, especially for those people whose intakes are poor.'

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From: StockDung4/16/2008 3:29:40 PM
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Khashoggi, along with Ramy El-Batrawi, was the principal financier behind GenesisIntermedia, Inc. (formerly NASDAQ: GENI), a publicly traded Internet company based in Southern California. After the September 11, 2001 attacks, Khashoggi's U.S. based checking accounts were frozen and Khashoggi was unable to make a margin call with Native Nations Securities, whose CEO and largest shareholder, at the time, was Valerie Red Horse, former office manager of junk bond king, Michael Milken. In turn, Native Nations was unable to meet its obligations on it margin loan to MJK Clearing, Inc.[2][3] Trading in the stock of GenesisIntermedia was halted in September 2001. Khashoggi's unwillingness to pay his margin loan to Native Nations Securities, and Native Nations inability to pay its debts to MJK Clearing, began a series of bankruptcies that ended in the largest payout in Securities Investor Protection Corporation history.[4][5] Native Nations Securities and MJK Clearing both eventually filed for bankruptcy.[6]

American University used to have a prominent building named the Khashoggi Center but after he defaulted on his donation pledge, the school removed his name from the building.

Khashoggi continues to live a quiet life in the Principality of Monaco, even after a British court order him to pay a creditor the amount of £7 million. His services as a facilitator have been a recurring feature throughout US administrations since Nixon; most recently, he met with Richard Perle shortly before the American invasion of Iraq, in 2003.

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Adnan Khashoggi (or Kashoggi) (Arabic:????? ??????) (born 25 July 1935 in Mecca) is a billionaire Saudi Arabian arms-dealer and businessman. He is also noted for his engagements with high society in both the Occidental and Arabic-speaking worlds, and for his involvement in the Iran-Contra, BCCI and numerous other affairs.

Contents
[hide]
1 History
2 Personal life
2.1 Divorce from Soraya
2.2 Association with Heather Mills
3 In Popular Culture
4 See also
5 References
6 External links


[edit] History
Adnan Khashoggi is the son of Muhammad Khashoggi, a Saudi medical doctor who was Turkish by descent; Dr.Mohammad Khashoggi was King Abdel Aziz AlSaud's personal Physician.The family name means spoonmaker in Turkish. Adnan Khashogg's sister Samira Khashoggi Fayed was the mother of Dodi Fayed, who died with Princess Diana.

Khashoggi was educated at Victoria College in Alexandria, Egypt, California State University, Chico, Ohio State University, and Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, USA. It is said that Khashoggi quit his studies in order to seek his fortune in business.

Khashoggi headed a company called Triad Holding Company, which among other things built the Triad Centre in Salt Lake City, Utah, which later went bankrupt. He was famed as an arms dealer, brokering deals between US firms and the Saudi Government, most actively in the 1960s and 1970s. In the documentary The Mayfair Set, Saudi author Said Aburish states that one of Adnan's first weapons deal was providing David Stirling with weapons for a covert mission in Yemen during the Aden Emergency in 1963. Among his overseas clients were defense contractors Lockheed Corporation (now Lockheed Martin Corporation), Raytheon, Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation and Northrop Corporation (which have now merged into Northrop Grumman). A shrewd businessman, he covered his financial tracks by establishing front companies in Switzerland and Liechtenstein to handle his commissions as well as developing contacts with notables such as CIA officers James H. Critchfield and Kim Roosevelt and US businessman Bebe Rebozo, a close associate of former US President Richard Nixon. He was also involved in diamond mining in the Central African Empire, working closely with the dictator Bokassa.

He was implicated in the Iran-Contra Affair as a key middleman in the arms-for-hostages exchange along with Iranian arms dealer Manucher Ghorbanifar and, in a complex series of events, was found to have borrowed money for these arms purchases from the now-bankrupt financial institution the Bank of Credit and Commerce International with Saudi and US backing. In 1988, Khashoggi was arrested in Switzerland, accused of concealing funds, and held for three months and then extradited to the United States where he was released on bail and subsequently acquitted. In 1990, a United States federal jury in Manhattan acquitted Khashoggi and Imelda Marcos, widow of the exiled Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, of racketeering and fraud.[1] He has also worked for Col. Ghaddafi of Libya in 1992 as a mediator.

Khashoggi, along with Ramy El-Batrawi, was the principal financier behind GenesisIntermedia, Inc. (formerly NASDAQ: GENI), a publicly traded Internet company based in Southern California. After the September 11, 2001 attacks, Khashoggi's U.S. based checking accounts were frozen and Khashoggi was unable to make a margin call with Native Nations Securities, whose CEO and largest shareholder, at the time, was Valerie Red Horse, former office manager of junk bond king, Michael Milken. In turn, Native Nations was unable to meet its obligations on it margin loan to MJK Clearing, Inc.[2][3] Trading in the stock of GenesisIntermedia was halted in September 2001. Khashoggi's unwillingness to pay his margin loan to Native Nations Securities, and Native Nations inability to pay its debts to MJK Clearing, began a series of bankruptcies that ended in the largest payout in Securities Investor Protection Corporation history.[4][5] Native Nations Securities and MJK Clearing both eventually filed for bankruptcy.[6]

American University used to have a prominent building named the Khashoggi Center but after he defaulted on his donation pledge, the school removed his name from the building.

Khashoggi continues to live a quiet life in the Principality of Monaco, even after a British court order him to pay a creditor the amount of £7 million. His services as a facilitator have been a recurring feature throughout US administrations since Nixon; most recently, he met with Richard Perle shortly before the American invasion of Iraq, in 2003.

[edit] Personal life
Khashoggi was well known for leading an extravagant and wild lifestyle that was legendary in its time. This was commemorated on rock band Queen's album The Miracle, on which the second song is titled "Khashoggi's Ship". The song mentions his super yacht "Nabila" (named after his daughter actress Nabila Khashoggi[1]), built by Benetti and appearing in the James Bond film Never Say Never Again. The yacht was later acquired by Donald Trump who renamed it "Trump Princess" for Ivana Trump. After Donald Trump's divorce, the yacht was repossessed and then sold by an American Express subsidiary bank to another Saudi Businessman, Al-Waleed bin Talal, a nephew of the king of Saudi Arabia. It is now kept at berth number one in Antibes with an occasional cruise to Cannes, in the south of France under the new name of "Kingdom 5KR".

In addition to the yacht, he also had an opulent DC-8 jet with futuristic custom interior built around 1980. It is featured in the last issue of Nest Magazine.

At his 50th birthday party, held in Marbella, Spain in 1985, said to have cost millions of dollars, he entertained celebrity guests such as Sean Connery, Shirley Bassey, porn star Olinka Hardiman, Brooke Shields, Michael Caine, and George Hamilton IV.

Adnan's son, Khalid Khashoggi, was rumored to have problems with drinking and drug addiction. He is now living in New York or New Jersey. He also has a son named Kamal Khashoggi, who goes to The British Internationl School of Jeddah aka Conti which is located in Saudi Arabia, Jeddah.

[edit] Divorce from Soraya
In divorcing his wife, Soraya, in 1980, Khashoggi agreed to one of the largest divorce settlements on record; one figure was quoted at £548.4m,[7] but reports vary wildly and part of the value of the settlement was said to have been tied to oil prices.

It later emerged that one of his daughters (Petrina Khashoggi) with ex-wife Soraya turned out, on DNA testing at age 18, to be the daughter of UK Tory Cabinet Minister Jonathan Aitken, soon to be disgraced for his role in accepting a gift from another arms dealer, Mohammed Said Ayas, a Lebanese and a close associate of Prince Muhammad bin Fahd of Saudi Arabia. In his libel suit against the Guardian newspaper, Aitken perjured himself over this gift of accommodation at the Paris Ritz and went to jail.

[edit] Association with Heather Mills
In 2006, he was named in the News of the World as a client of Heather Mills when she allegedly worked as a model. As corroboration, News of the World provided an affidavit from escort Denise Hewitt, who said she worked with Mills in the service of "Saudi royalty" (not naming Khashoggi specifically), and that Mills boasted of services rendered to afluent clients earning up to £10,000 in a single night.[8] News of the World also produced a man named Abdul Khoury, who stated he was Khashoggi's personal secretary from 1977 to 2005 and had day-to-day knowledge of Khashoggi's business dealings and personal affairs. Khoury affirmed the veracity of reports of Mills's providing erotic services to Khashoggi, and in unequivocal detail.

The Daily Mail further produced accounts of other friends of Mills's affirming that she had worked as an escort on other occasions.[9]

These accusations have never been tested in a court of law; nor have Khashoggi or Mills (as of early 2007) initiated libel proceedings against Khoury, the News of the World or any media outlets carrying the story (despite the relatively favorable legal climate that exists in the UK for doing so). Through her lawyers, Mills has denied ever having been a sex worker, says the accusations come from unreliable persons and are timed to cause maximum hurt, and has expressed her intention to sue as soon as her divorce is concluded.[10]

[edit] In Popular Culture
Khashoggi's Ship, a song on the 1989 Album The Miracle by rock band Queen is about Adnan Khashoggi and a ship (the Nabila, now Kingdom 5KR) that he owned at the time.
The Swedish dance music band Army of Lovers has referenced Khashoggi in two songs. In La Plage De Saint Tropez with the line: "We met Khashoggi with a gun", and in I am with the lines: "I am, what Bobby is to Pam, Khashoggi to Iran, I am".
Harold Robbins´novel The Pirate (1974) is supposed to be inspired by the life and lifestyle of Khashoggi
As well, Khashoggi is the name of one of the antagonist characters in the musical based on Queen's works, We Will Rock You.

[edit] See also
Ghaith Pharaon
Ahmed Zaki Yamani
Ramy El-Batrawi
Larry J. Kolb, who tells of his experience working closely with Khashoggi in his book Overworld: The Life and Times of a Reluctant Spy (New York: Riverhead Books, 2004)

[edit] References
^ Marcos Juror Among Stewart Jury Finalists (Jan. 25, 2004). Retrieved on September 11, 2007.
^ In the Matter of Dean C. Reder, Securities and Exchange Commission, March 26, 2007.
^ Mudry, Brent. "SEC files first suit in GenesisIntermedia debacle", Canada StockWatch, June 4, 2003.
^ Form 12B-25, Notification of Late Filing, Securities and Exchange Commission, November 14, 2001.
^ SIPC. [http://www.sipc.org/media/release10oct.cfm " SIPC: BANKRUPTCY COURT CLEARS SALE OF TROUBLED MINNESOTA BROKERAGE FIRM, 175,000-Customer Firm Failure is Largest Ever Handled by SIPC"], SIPC, October 2, 2001.
^ SIPC vs. MJK Clearing, Inc., United States Bankruptcy Court, District of Minnesota', September 30, 2006.'
^ virgin.net
^ Matt Born. Heather was a high-class hooker paid thousands.
^ Laura Collins. Heather just stood there, naked, unashamed and unabashed.
^ CBC.ca Arts - Mills McCartney to sue over 'defamatory' allegations

[edit] External links
Ramy El-Batrawi
Rajiv Gandhi Murder Controversy
TIME Magazine Cover: Adnan Khashoggi Jan. 19, 1987
Notes on The Richest Man In The World by Ronald Kessler ISBN 0-446-51339-3
Profile at NNDB
Death of a Princess
Chapter Servants of the Crown from Saïd K. Aburish's The House of Saud ISBN 0-7475-7874-5
Did Adnan Khashoggi Throw the Election to Dubya?
More "Six Degrees of Adnan Khashoggi"
TSX member Deutsche Bank in major penny stock scandal article by Brent Mudry
Banking units embroiled in lawsuit copy of a Globe and Mail article by Karen Howlett
Why was Richard Perle meeting with Adnan Khashoggi? The New Yorker article by Seymour Hersh, March 2003.
Adnan Khashoggi, Rakesh Saxena and the Spiderweb
Retrieved from "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adnan_Khashoggi"
Categories: 1935 births | Living people | Saudi Arabian businesspeople | Arms traders | American political scandals

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To: StockDung who wrote (103326)4/16/2008 3:42:09 PM
From: scion
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a. James Turek testified during his deposition in this case that an agreement was reached with George Butler, Chief Executive Officer of FNBB in Las Vegas, Nevada reducing the indebtedness from $1,448,039.95 to $500,000 and that the agreement was recorded on a cocktail napkin.

b. Attached hereto and incorporated herein as Exhibit "A" is a cocktail napkin from the Rio All Suites Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada that has written on it "Agreement between Plasticon & First Nat'L Barnesville" and is executed by "James Turek Pres, Plasticon" and by "George Butler, CEO. FNBBV".


c. Attached hereto and incorporated herein as Exhibit "B" is a copy of a letter dated February 22, 2005 from George Butler, President of FNBB, addressed to "Jim" in regard to FNBB selling "Wicklund Holding Company's original loan to Promotional Container, Inc." and terminating FNBB's "previous agreement with Wicklund Holding Company".

d. In the February 22, 2005 letter George Butler stated "As I have indicated to you I have released the collateral and will shortly provide you the loan documents and pay-off statements per our agreement."

e. Attached hereto and incorporated herein as Exhibit "C" is a copy of a letter dated April 21, 2006 from "George" at FNBB addressed to "Jim" verifying that "as of January 1, 2005 your company's (Plasticon's) debt to our bank was $500,000." and a copy of the FNBB fax coversheet dated April 21, 2006 from George Butler to Judy Payner at Plasticon.

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04/16/2008 432 Objection Filed by 10315 LLC, John P Murphy III, John P. Murphy Revocable Trust No. 1 III, Pro Plas LLC (RE: related document(s)407 Motion for Relief From Stay filed by Creditor First National Bank of Barnesville, Georgia). (Case, E.) (Entered: 04/16/2008)

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From: StockDung4/16/2008 3:59:04 PM
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Byrne, Baby, Byrne Apr 15 2008 4:05PM EDT

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From: StockDung4/16/2008 4:14:46 PM
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UBS Financial Services Inc. (CRD #8174,Weehawken, New Jersey) submitted a Letter
of Acceptance,Waiver and Consent in which the firmwas censured, fined $110,000,
required to pay $2,719.65, plus interest, in restitution to public customers, and required
to revise its written supervisory procedures regarding short sales and short interest
reporting.Without admitting or denying the findings, the firmconsented to the
described sanctions and to the entry of findings that in transactions for or with
customers, it failed to use reasonable diligence to ascertain the best inter-dealer
market, and failed to buy or sell in suchmarket so that the resultant price to its
customers was as favorable as possible under prevailingmarket conditions. The
findings stated that the firmexecuted short sale orders and failed to properlymark the
order tickets as short. The findings also stated that the firmaccepted customer short
sale orders in securities and, for each order, failed tomake/annotate an affirmative
determination that the firmwould receive delivery of the security on the customer’s
behalf, or that the firmcould borrow the security on the customer’s behalf for delivery
by settlement date. The findings also included that the firmexecuted short sale
transactions and failed to report each of the transactions to the TRF with a short sale
modifier. FINRA found that the firm’s supervisory systemdid not provide for supervision
reasonably designed to achieve compliance with applicable securities laws, regulations
and NASD rules concerning short sales and short interest reporting. FINRA also found
that the firmsubmitted incorrect short interest reports to FINRA and transmitted
reports to OATS that contained inaccurate, incomplete or improperly formatted data, in
that the reports erroneously reported, or failed to report, display flags to OATS. (FINRA
Case #20041000031-01)

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From: StockDung4/16/2008 4:18:48 PM
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Track Data Securities Corporation (CRD #103802, Brooklyn, NewYork) submitted a
Letter of Acceptance,Waiver and Consent in which the firmwas censured, fined
$50,000 and required to revise its written supervisory procedures regarding SEC Rule
605 (disclosure of order execution information), NASD Rule 4613A and Interpretative
Material 4613-1 (multiplemarket participant IDs), trade reportingmodifiers, NASD
Rule 6630(e) (third-party trade reporting), NASD Rules 4623(c) and 4623A(c) (electronic
communications network (ECN) display rules) and trading during a trading halt.
Without admitting or denying the findings, the firmconsented to the described
sanctions and to the entry of findings that it accepted customer short sale orders in
securities and, for each order, failed tomake an affirmative determination that the firm
would receive delivery of the security on the customer’s behalf or that the firmcould
borrow the security on the customer’s behalf for delivery by settlement date. The
findings stated that the firmfailed to submit required information to the Order Audit
Trail System(OATS); submitted Route or Combined Order/Route Reports to OATS that
the OATS systemwas unable to link to the corresponding new order submitted by the
destinationmember firmdue to inaccurate, incomplete or improperly formatted data;
and reported execution reports to OATS that contained inaccurate, incomplete or
improperly formatted data so that the OATS systemwas unable to link the execution
reports to the related trade reports in a FINRA trade reporting system. The findings also
stated that the firmreported to the Trade Reporting Facility (TRF) last sale reports of
transactions in designated securities that it was not required to report. The findings
also included that the firmmade available a report on the covered orders in national
market systemsecurities it received for execution fromany person that included
incorrect information as to the average realized spread, number of totaled covered
orders, total covered shares, total cancelled shares and order classification.
FINRA found that the firmexecuted short sale transactions and failed to report each of
the transactions to the TRF with a short salemodifier. FINRA also found that the firm’s
supervisory systemdid not provide for supervision reasonably designed to achieve
compliance with applicable securities laws, regulations and NASD rules concerning
SEC Rule 605 (disclosure of order execution information), NASD Rule 4613A and
InterpretativeMaterial 4613-1 (multiplemarket participant IDs), trade reporting
modifiers, NASD Rule 6630(e) (third-party trade reporting), NASD Rules 4623(c) and
4623A(c) (ECN display rules) and trading during a trading halt. In addition, FINRA
determined that the firmfailed to enforce its written supervisory procedures regarding
OATS clock synchronization, SEC Rules 17a-3, 17a-4 and NASD Rule 3110.Moreover,
FINRA found that the firmfailed, within 10 seconds of receipt of the order, to transmit
to FINRA’s Alternative Display Facility, order information for orders received from
another broker-dealer. (FINRA Case #20050008081-01)
UBS Financial Services Inc. (CRD #8174,Weehawken, New Jersey) submitted a Letter
of Acceptance,Waiver and Consent in which the firmwas censured, fined $110,000,
required to pay $2,719.65, plus interest, in restitution to public customers, and required
to revise its written supervisory procedures regarding short sales and short interest
reporting.Without admitting or denying the findings, the firmconsented to the
described sanctions and to the entry of findings that in transactions for or with
customers, it failed to use reasonable diligence to ascertain the best inter-dealer
market, and failed to buy or sell in suchmarket so that the resultant price to its
customers was as favorable as possible under prevailingmarket conditions. The
findings stated that the firmexecuted short sale orders and failed to properlymark the
order tickets as short. The findings also stated that the firmaccepted customer short
sale orders in securities and, for each order, failed tomake/annotate an affirmative
determination that the firmwould receive delivery of the security on the customer’s
behalf, or that the firmcould borrow the security on the customer’s behalf for delivery
by settlement date. The findings also included that the firmexecuted short sale
transactions and failed to report each of the transactions to the TRF with a short sale
modifier. FINRA found that the firm’s supervisory systemdid not provide for supervision
reasonably designed to achieve compliance with applicable securities laws, regulations
and NASD rules concerning short sales and short interest reporting. FINRA also found
that the firmsubmitted incorrect short interest reports to FINRA and transmitted
reports to OATS that contained inaccurate, incomplete or improperly formatted data, in
that the reports erroneously reported, or failed to report, display flags to OATS. (FINRA
Case #20041000031-01)

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From: StockDung4/16/2008 5:15:02 PM
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Plastic bottle chemical may be harmful: agency
By Will Dunham Posted Tue Apr 15, 2008 2:42pm PDT

A boy carries used plastic bottles in a shop which will be sent to recycling plants in Dhaka January 29, 2007. (Rafiqur Rahman./Reuters)

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A chemical in some plastic food and drink packaging including baby bottles may be tied to early puberty and prostate and breast cancer, the U.S. government said on Tuesday.

Based on draft findings by the National Toxicology Program, part of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, senior congressional Democrats asked the Food and Drug Administration to reconsider its view that the chemical bisphenol A is safe in products for use by infants and children.

The chemical, also called BPA, is used in many baby bottles and the plastic lining of cans of infant formula.

The National Toxicology Program went further than previous U.S. government statements on possible health risks from BPA.

It said: "There is some concern for neural and behavioral effects in fetuses, infants and children at current human exposures." The findings expressed concern about exposure in these populations, "based on effects in the prostate gland, mammary gland, and an earlier age for puberty in females."

Rep. John Dingell, a Michigan Democrat and chairman of the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee, said the draft cast doubt on the FDA's position that BPA was safe.

"I hope the FDA is willing to reconsider their position on BPA for the safety of our infants and children," he said.

The National Toxicology Program said laboratory rodents exposed to BPA levels similar to human exposures developed precancerous lesions in the prostate and mammary glands, among other things.

"The possibility that bisphenol A may impact human development cannot be dismissed. More research is needed," the agency said.

Bisphenol A is used in the production of polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins and can be found in food and drink packaging as well as compact discs and some medical devices. Some dental sealants or composites contain it as well.

The National Toxicology Program expressed "negligible concern" that exposure of pregnant women to BPA causes fetal or neonatal death, birth defects or reduced birth weight and growth in babies. It also had "negligible concern" that exposure causes reproductive problems in adults.

The American Chemistry Council industry group said the conclusions confirmed that human exposure to bisphenol A is extremely low and noted no direct evidence that exposure adversely affects reproduction or development in humans.

In Canada, the Globe and Mail newspaper said the Canadian health ministry was ready to declare BPA a dangerous substance, making it the first regulatory body in the world to reach such a determination. The newspaper said the ministry could announce the decision as soon as Wednesday.

Environmental activists long have warned about health concerns regarding the chemical. They praised the draft findings of the National Toxicology Program, which cited more potential worries about the chemical than did a panel of experts that advised the program last year.

"NTP's decision corrects the scientific record. It reflects a significant body of science showing that BPA may play a larger role than previously thought in a host of common health problems," Anila Jacob of the Environmental Working Group said in a statement.

(Editing by Alan Elsner and Maggie Fox)

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To: scion who wrote (103327)4/16/2008 8:07:01 PM
From: anniebonny
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ROTFLMAO -
Well I guess that's a situation where what happened in Vegas didn't stay in Vegas. Wonder if they were having lap dances when that agreement was being made?
Wonder how much that napkin would sell on EBAY??

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To: anniebonny who wrote (103332)4/16/2008 10:51:26 PM
From: salotter1
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the real question is:

What did Turek offer the Banker to reduce the debt significantly, from $1.4 million to $0.5 million?

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To: salotter1 who wrote (103333)4/16/2008 10:57:35 PM
From: Jeffrey S. Mitchell
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the real question is: What did Turek offer the Banker to reduce the debt significantly, from $1.4 million to $0.5 million?

The Company is currently in the process of settling the debt with the Bank of Barnesville. James N. Turek Sr. the Company’s president transferred 7,000,000 shares of his personally held Plasticon International, Inc. stock to the Bank of Barnesville in order to reduce the debt by $1,595,410 which was reflected on the financial statements as paid in capital. As of September 30, 2005 and December 31, 2004, the Company owed a balance of $500,000 and 2,095,410, respectively, to the Bank of Barnesville.

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