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maker BlackBerry, struggling to com-
pete in a difficult market, has set up
a committee to look at options, includ-
ing joint ventures, partnerships or a
sale of the company.
In a statement released before the
market opened yesterday, the company
said board member Timothy Dattels, an
investment banker and former Goldman
Sachs executive, will chair the new com-
mittee, which will also include Blackberry
chief executive Thorsten Heins.
"Given the importance and strength
of our technology, and the evolving indus-
try and competitive landscape, we believe
that now is the right time to explore
strategic alternatives," Dattels said.
BlackBerry pioneered on-your-hip
e-mail with its first smart phones and
e-mail pagers. But it has struggled to
compete against the likes of Apple Inc
and phones using Google Inc s Android
operating system, and its new Black-
Berry 10 smartphones have failed to
gain traction. (Reuters)
NEW YORK---In a stinging
rebuke to the Bloomberg admin-
istration, a federal judge ruled yes-
terday that the New York City
Police s "stop and frisk" crime-
fighting tactics violate the con-
stitutional rights of minorities,
despite claims by the mayor and
police commissioner that it has
driven down rates of violent crime.
US District Judge Shira Scheindlin
ruled that the police adopted a pol-
icy of "indirect racial profiling" by
targeting racially defined groups for
stops, resulting in the dispropor-
tionate, discriminatory stopping of
tens of thousands of blacks and
Hispanics, and that the city s high-
est officials "turned a blind eye"
toward this result, she said.
"No one should live in fear of
being stopped whenever he leaves
his home to go about the activities
of daily life," Scheindlin wrote in
her opinion. Police personnel felt
or were aware of pressure to
increase the number of stops when
Mayor Michael Bloomberg took
office in 2002 and brought in Ray-
mond Kelly to be NYPD Commis-
sioner, the judge wrote.
As a result, officers often frisked
young minority men for weapons
or searched their pockets for con-
traband before letting them go, in
a violation of the Constitution s
Fourth Amendment that protects
against unreasonable searches and
seizures, the judge said in a 195-
A 2012 New York Civil Liberties
Union report showed a sharp,
steady increase in police stops over
the course of Bloomberg s three
terms in office---to 685,724 in 2011
from 160,851 stops in 2003, with
about half of the 2011 stops result-
ing in physical searches.
Bloomberg and Kelly countered
that the practice has driven down
violent crime and limited the num-
ber of illegal guns being carried
on the streets on New York.
Scheindlin s major decision fol-
lows an exhaustive nine-week trial
that ended in May that pitted the
NYPD s interest in keeping New
York s crime rate down against
black and Latino plaintiffs who
felt discriminated against.
Scheindlin presided over the trial
without a jury.
The NYPD did not immediately
comment on the decision.
As part of her ruling, Scheindlin
ordered the appointment of an
independent monitor to oversee
compliance with other remedies
she ordered. (Reuters)
Bribes are routinely paid by
major foreign pharmaceutical firms
operating in China, the BBC has
Five drugs salesmen for foreign
companies told the BBC their firms
paid bribes in order to increase sales
of their products.
None of them wanted to be iden-
tified, fearing they would lose their
jobs. The revelations come as Beijing
widens its investigation into drugs-
price fixing amid a bribery scandal
engulfing drugs giant GlaxoSmithK-
One of the salesmen said his com-
pany paid about US$1,000 (£647)
to get its product back on the shelves
at one hospital.
"I don t deny [giving money to
doctors] happens in foreign compa-
nies," the sales representative said.
"It is rare, though, and only very
few people get it," he added.
But he described an incident
where a product had been cleared
from a hospital s shelves, which
proved to be "an embarrassment"
for him and his company.
"If we follow the normal proce-
dure to recover it, it is very compli-
cated. It will cost a lot of money and
energy. We looked for a quick way."
He admitted that strictly speaking,
the money paid out to ensure the
product returned to shelves was
probably a bribe and that his manager
signed it off. He said it would have
cost a lot more to achieve the same
result through official routes. (BBC)
Dutch Prince Johan Friso has
died after 18 months in a coma
following an accident at an
Austrian ski resort, officials
Prince Friso, who was 44,
was moved from hospital in
London back to the Netherlands
last month, but had since suf-
He was hit by an avalanche
in February 2012 and buried for
King Willem-Alexander and
Queen Maxima are said to be
on their way home from a hol-
iday in Greece.
"Prince Friso has died of
complications related to the
hypoxic brain injury, which he
suffered as the result of his ski-
ing accident in Lech, Austria
on February 17 2012," a royal
palace statement said.
He died yesterday in The
Hague, the palace added.
The prince s wife, Princess
Mabel, is said to have spent her
45th birthday on Sunday at his
The prince had been skiing
off-piste with friends in Lech
when the avalanche struck.
Dutch Prince Johan Friso dies after year in coma
Bribery 'routine' for foreign pharmaceutical firms in China
BlackBerry says it's open to sale
Judge: New York police's
'stop-and-frisk' tactics violate rights
United States President Barack Obama meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Enniskillen,
Northern Ireland, yesterday. Obama and Putin discussed the ongoing conflict in Syria during their
bilateral meeting. AP PHOTO
"Whitey" Bulger, once
the most feared mob-
ster in Boston, was
found guilty by a jury
yesterday of murder
and racketeering in 31
out of 32 criminal
charges against him at
a trial that lasted more
than two months.
But jurors found that
federal prosecutors had
proven their case
against Bulger in only
11 of the 19 murders he
was accused of carrying out or ordering
in his days as head of the "Winter Hill"
gang in the 70s and 80s.
At 83 years old, Bulger likely faces
the rest of his life in prison. He was
arrested in 2011 after being on the run
since 1994. The jury reached its verdict
on the fifth day of deliberations in US
District Court in Boston.
The most complicated count the jury
ruled on was the second racketeering
offense, which encompassed 38 criminal
acts including all 19 murders Bulger
was charged with.
The jury found that
the government had
proved its case on 11 of
those murders, that it
had not proven its case
on seven and reached
no finding on one.
The jury only needed
to find Bulger guilty of
committing two of
those 38 crimes, which
also include extortion,
drug dealing and
money laundering, for
him to be guilty of
Bulger had pleaded not guilty to all
charges, although his lawyers acknowl-
edged that their client was a drug dealer,
extortionist and loan shark, in short an
Family members of Bulger s victims
have long waited for verdicts on the
killings, and about a half-dozen sur-
vivors have been a regular presence in
Bulger sat quietly in court dressed
in a gray shirt, dark pants and white
sneakers. He declined to testify on his
own behalf at the trial. (AP)
convicted of murder
James "Whitey" Bulger
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