Month: December 2013

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A trial has begun of a vaccine to treat an aggressive form of brain cancer.

The first patient in Europe has received the treatment at King’s College Hospital in London. Robert Demeger, 62, was diagnosed with the condition earlier this year.

The personalised vaccine is designed to teach his body’s immune system to fight the tumour cells.

King’s is one of more than 50 hospitals – the rest are in the US – which are testing the treatment.


Mr Demeger, a stage and TV actor, had to give up his role in the acclaimed National Theatre production of Othello when he began having seizures.

“I had an understudy and I said, if I get ill on stage just take over the line, but fortunately it never happened.

“Eventually I was diagnosed with a brain tumour and had surgery within a matter of days.”

Before his operation he was offered the chance to be the first patient in Europe to join the international trial.


Surgeons removed as much of his tumour as possible. It was incubated in a lab alongside dendritic cells – specialist immune cells taken from his blood.

The aim was to teach the cells to recognise the tumour. The resulting personalised vaccine was injected in his arm, with the hope that the cells will train others in the immune system to seek out and destroy the cancer.

He will receive 10 doses of the vaccine over the coming two years.

Keyoumars Ashkan, a neurosurgeon at King’s, is leading the UK arm of the trial. He says there is a pressing need for new and better treatments for brain cancers.


“Even if a tumour seems the same between two patients, the reality is they are very varied.

“So the ‘one-size fits all’ therapy is probably not optimal. There is a need to be able to deliver individualised treatment based on a patient’s own cancer type.”

The trial involves patients with glioblastoma, the most aggressive form of primary brain tumour, which affects around 1,500 people in Britain every year.

Average survival time is just 12-18 months. Two previous small studies of the DCVax therapy, in the US, found that it extended that to three years, without toxic side-effects. Twenty patients were involved and two of these have so far lived for 10 years.

Mr Ashkan stressed that the current trial, which will involve 300 patients, is needed to show whether the treatment is truly effective. Half will receive the personalised vaccine and the rest dummy injections.

“Until we get the results of this research, we will not know whether the therapy should be offered to all patients” he said.

Mr Demeger says he is delighted to be part of the research. “Anything that may give me a better chance, but also others, is worth taking part in” he said.


The surgery to remove his cancer affected his speech, because the tumour was sitting close to the part of the brain dealing with language.

So Mr Demeger, whose voice has been his livelihood, has had to re-learn how to communicate.

“I’d love to get back to acting. It’s my job.

“I’ve been working with a speech therapist and the head of voice at the National.

“Whether I’m back on stage in weeks or months I don’t know but I’m hopeful. ”



Judge Says Rick Ross Can Keep Name Because “He Made Music Out Of Fictional Tales”

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Thanks to the Constitution, Rick Ross gets to keep his name.

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Netflix Tests $7 Per Month Streaming Video Plan

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Netflix is testing a streaming video plan that lets subscribers save a buck every month in exchange for a couple sacrifices.

The $7 per month plan, discovered by AdWeek, lets users stream one video at a time in standard definition only. But right now, it’s only available to a small number of new subscribers. “Not all people will see this option and it may not be something we ever offer generally,” a Netflix spokeswoman told AdWeek.

Netflix’s regular $8 per month plan allows up to two streams at once on a single account, and supports high definition video as well. The company also offers a family plan for $12 per month, allowing up to four streams at once.

Aside from that family plan, which arrived in April, Netflix hasn’t touched its pricing since 2011, when the company split mail-order DVD rentals into a separate $8 per month service. (The…

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Netflix CEO Hastings gets 50% pay hike for 2014

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Netflix CEO Reed Hastings will see his scheduled base salary and stock options jump by 50% in 2014, according to a government filing by the company.

Hastings is set to receive an annual salary of $3 million and an additional stock option allowance of $3 million. A year ago, he was awarded $2 million in salary and $2 million in options for 2013. But his final 2013 pay is expected to be significantly higher, because Netflix stock has soared this year. Netflix (NFLX) shares are up nearly 300% this year, making it the best performing stock in the S&P 500. Related: Portrait of Netflix’s Hastings as a young man Other top executives at Netflix also received raises, although their increases were less than Hastings’ 50% pay hike. In a separate filing the company also announced it was dropping its poison pill plan that it instituted in November 2012 after activist investor Carl Icahn bought a 10% stake in the company. Related: Netflix’s Hastings – Settle down about our stock The plan would have allowed the board to flood the market with new shares and make a takeover prohibitively expensive if any shareholder had bought more than 10% of shares without the approval of the company’s board.

Sport calendar 2014

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Shelley Rudman

From the Winter Olympics to the Six Nations, the World Cup and the Commonwealth Games, BBC Sport picks out the key sporting events coming up in the next 12 months.


3-7: Cricket: Ashes fifth Test, Sydney

5-13: BDO World Darts Championships, Lakeside

4-5: FA Cup third round

7-8 & 21-22: League Cup semi-finals

10-13: Cricket: Women’s Ashes Test, Australia v England, Perth

12-19: Snooker: The Masters, Alexandra Palace

12, 17, 19, 24, 26: Australia v England ODIs

13-26: Tennis: Australian Open, Melbourne

19, 23, 26: Women’s Cricket: Australia v England ODIs

25-26: FA Cup 4th round

25-26: GB Athletics international, Glasgow

29, 31, 2 Feb: England v Australia T20 internationals (men and women)

31, 1, 2 Feb: Tennis: Davis Cup World Group, GB v USA, San Diego


1: Six Nations: Wales v Italy, France v England

2: Six Nations: Ireland v Scotland

2: NFL: Superbowl, East Rutherford, New Jersey

4-9: Tennis: Fed Cup, GB in Budapest

7-23: Winter Olympics, Sochi

8: Six Nations: Ireland v Wales, Scotland v England

9: Six Nations: France v Italy

8-9: Athletics: British Indoor Championships, Sheffield

15: FA Cup 5th round

15: Athletics: British Indoor Grand Prix, Birmingham

18/19, 25/26: Football: Champions League 2nd round

20, 27: Football: Europa League 2nd round

21: Six Nations: Wales v France

22: Six Nations: Italy v Scotland, England v Ireland; World Club Challenge, Wigan Warriors v Sydney Roosters, Sydney

26-2 March: World Track Cycling, Colombia

26: Cricket: West Indies v England ODI

Six Nations rugby union


2, 5: Cricket: West Indies v England ODI

2: Football: League Cup final

5: Football: England v Denmark friendly

7-16: Winter Paralympics, Sochi

7-9: Athletics: World Indoor Championships, Poland

8: FA Cup quarter-finals

8: Six Nations: Ireland v Italy, Scotland v France

9: Six Nations: England v Wales

9, 1, 13: Cricket: West Indies v England T20s

11-14: Racing: Cheltenham Festival

13, 20 : Football: Europa League 3rd round

15: Six Nations: Italy v England, Wales v Scotland, France v Ireland

16: F1: Australian Grand Prix, Melbourne

16: Football: Scottish League Cup final

16-31: Cricket: ICC World T20s, Bangladesh

20-23: MotoGP: Qatar Grand Prix, Losail

23-6 Apr: Cricket: Women’s World T20, Bangladesh

28-31: Rowing World Cup, Sydney

30: F1: Malaysia Grand Prix, Kuala Lumpur

29: Racing: Dubai World Cup

The Augusta National hosts the Masters in April


1-2, 8-9: Champions League quarter-finals

3, 10: Football: Europa League quarter-finals

5: Racing: Grand National, Aintree

6: F1: Bahrain Grand Prix, Sakhir

6: Rowing: Boat Race, London

10-13: Golf: The Masters, Augusta

12-13: FA Cup semi-finals

13: London Marathon

13: MotoGP: Grand Prix of the Americas, Austin, Texas

20: F1: Chinese Grand Prix, Shanghai

20-5 April: World Snooker Championship, Sheffield

22-23, 29-30: Champions League semis

24, 1 May: Europa League semis

26-27: Heineken Cup semi-finals

27 MotoGP: Argentina Grand Prix


3-4: Racing: Guineas Festival, Newmarket

4: MotoGP: Spanish Grand Prix, Jerez

7-11: Badminton Horse Trials

9: Athletics: Diamond League, Doha

9-1 June: Cycling: Giro d’Italia

11: F1: Spanish Grand Prix

11: End of Premier League season

14: Europa League final, Turin

17: FA Cup final

17: Scottish Cup final

17: Athletics: Diamond League, Shanghai

17-18: Diving: World Championships, London

18: MotoGP: France Grand Prix, Le Mans

22-25: Golf: PGA Championship, Wentworth

23: Rugby Union: Challenge Cup final, Cardiff

24: Football: Champions League final, Lisbon

24: Rugby Union: Heineken Cup final, Cardiff

24: League Two Play-off final, Wembley

25: F1: Monaco Grand Prix, Monte Carlo

25-8 June: Tennis: French Open, Roland Garros

25: League One Play-off final, Wembley

26: Championship Play-off final, Wembley

30-1 June: Rowing: European Championships, Belgrade

31-15 June: Hockey: World Cup (men’s and women’s), Hague

Daniel Welbeck, Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard on England duty (l-r)


1: MotoGP: Italy Grand Prix, Mugello

5: Athletics: Diamond League, Rome

7: Racing: The Derby, Epsom

7: Athletics: Diamond League, Eugene

7: Rugby Union: New Zealand v England, South Africa v Wales, United States v Scotland, Argentina v Ireland

8: F1: Canadian Grand Prix, Montreal

9-14: Tennis: Queen’s

11: Athletics: Diamond League, Oslo

12-13 July: Football: World Cup, Brazil

12-16: Cricket: England v Sri Lanka 1st Test, Lord’s

12-15: Golf: US Open, Pinehurst

14: Rugby Union: New Zealand v England, South Africa v Wales, Canada v Scotland, Argentina v Ireland

14: Athletics: Diamond League, New York

15: MotoGP: Catalonia GP, Barcelona

16-21: Tennis: Eastbourne

17-21: Racing: Royal Ascot

20-24: Cricket: England v Sri Lanka 2nd Test, Headingley

20-22: Rowing World Cup, France

21: Rugby Union: New Zealand v England, Argentina v Scotland

21-22: Athletics: European Team Championships, Germany

22: F1: Austrian Grand Prix (Spielberg)

22, 25, 28, 31, 3 June: Cricket: England v Sri Lanka ODI series

23-6 July: Tennis: Wimbledon

26-29: Equestrian: Hickstead

27-29: Athletics: British Championships, Birmingham

28 June: Rugby Union: South Africa v Scotland

28: MotoGP: Netherlands Grand Prix, Assen


3: Athletics: Diamond League, Lausanne

6: F1: British Grand Prix, Silverstone

5: Athletics: Diamond League, Paris

5-27: Cycling: Tour de France

9-13: Cricket: England v India, 1st Test, Trent Bridge

11-12: Athletics: Diamond League, London

11-13: MotoGP: German Grand Prix, Sachsenring

11-13: Rowing World Cup, Lucerne

17-20: Golf: The Open, Royal Liverpool

17-21: Cricket: England v India, 2nd Test, Lord’s

18: Athletics: Diamond League, Monaco

20: F1: German Grand Prix, Hockenheim

20: Athletics: London Anniversary event

22-26: Horse Racing: Glorious Goodwood

23-3 Aug: Commonwealth Games, Glasgow

27-31: Cricket: England v India 3rd Test, Southampton

27: F1: Hungarian Grand Prix

29-2 Aug: Racing: Glorious Goodwood

Mo Farah


1-4: Golf: Women’s Open, St Andrews

1-17: Women’s Rugby World Cup, France

7-11: Cricket: England v India, 4th Test, Old Trafford

7-10: Golf: PGA Championship, Valhalla

10: MotoGP: Indianapolis GP

12-17: Athletics: European Championships, Zurich

15-19: Cricket: England v India, 5th Test, Oval

17: MotoGP: Czech Republic GP, Brno

16-28: World Youth Games, China

16: Premier League football season starts

21: Athletics: Diamond League, Stockholm

18-23: IPC European Athletics, Swansea

18-24: Swimming: European Championships, Berlin

23: Rugby League: Challenge Cup final, Wembley

23-14 Sept: Cycling: Tour of Spain

24: Athletics: Diamond League, Birmingham

24: F1: Belgium Grand Prix, Spa

24-31: Rowing: World Championships, Amsterdam

25-8 Sept: Tennis: US Open, New York

25, 27, 30, 2, 5 Sept: Cricket: England v India, ODIs

28: Athletics: Diamond League, Zurich

31: MotoGP: British GP, Silverstone


2, 5: Cricket: England v India, ODIs

5: Athletics: Diamond League, Brussels

7: F1: Italian Grand Prix, Monza

7: Athletics: Great North Run

7: England v India T20 International

8-21: Sailing: World Championships, Santander

13: Racing St Leger, Doncaster

14: MotoGP: San Marino GP, Misano

21: MotoGP: Aragon GP, Aragon (Spain)

20-28: Cycling: World Road Championships, Spain

21: F1: Singapore Grand Prix

26-28: Golf: Ryder Cup, Gleneagles

28: MotoGP: Brazil GP, Brasilia

Sebastien Vettel


3-12: Gymnastics: World Championships, China

5: F1: Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka

12: MotoGP: Japan GP, Motegi

11: Rugby League: Super League Grand Final, Old Trafford

12: F1: Russian Grand Prix, Sochi

19: MotoGP: Australia GP, Phillip Island

18: October Horse racing, Champions Day, Ascot

26: MotoGP Malaysian GP, Sepang

31-1 Nov: Racing: Breeders’ Cup, Santa Anita, California


2: F1: US Grand Prix, Austin

4: Racing: Melbourne Cup

8: Rugby Union: England v New Zealand, Ireland v South Africa, Scotland v Argentina, Wales v Australia

9: F1: Brazilian Grand Prix, Sao Paolo

9: MotoGP: Valencia

10-17: Tennis: ATP World Finals, London

15: Rugby Union: England v South Africa, Scotland v New Zealand, Wales v Fiji

22: Rugby Union: England v Samoa, Ireland v Australia, Scotland v Tonga, Wales v New Zealand

23: F1: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Yas Marina

29: Rugby Union: England v Australia, Wales v South Africa


3-7: Swimming: World Short Course Championships, Doha

26: Racing: King George VI Chase, Kempton Park.

The list will be updated with further fixtures and events as they are announced; dates and venues are subject to change

Hennessy Artistry DJ Club Tour

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Manny Norté, the go to party DJ for huge international stars like Jay Z, Rihanna, Trey Songz, Beyonce, Snoop Dogg, Pharrell & Dr Dre, is in  Ghana for a week-long tour.

Dec 28 – Devino midnight-3am
Dec 29 – Shisha Lounge 6pm-2am
Dec 30 – Firefly midnight-3am
Dec 31 – Movenpick Hotel 11.30pm-3.30am
Jan 1 – Rockstone’s 12.30-3am
Jan 2 – Hollywood Boulevard midnight-3am
Jan 3 – Santoku 8-11pm & Vienna City midnight-3am

He has played across the UK at the most esteemed night clubs. Around the world, he’s played in Norway, Sweden, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Russia, Spain & France to name but a few. He was also asked to DJ at the F1 Grand Prix in Bahrain.

Manny has a MOBO award for best club DJ.

Manny is also a radio regular who has presented a weekend show on BBC Radio 1Xtra as well as being on Kiss FM and Choice FM with a mixshow every Friday night/Saturday morning with regular live shows recorded at London’s Jazz Cafe and featuring guests like Eve, Wizkid, Fuse ODG, Lethal Bizzle, Eliza Doolittle and many more.
Now on Capital Xtra (formerly Choice FM) Monday to Friday, his experiences & understanding of the  urban scene & music over the past two decades is unpatrolled. Couple this with his inimitable presenting style and it’s no wonder Manny Norté is such an in demand talent.

Hennessy Artistry DJ Club Tour 2013 – 2014