Thursday, 24 December 2009

West Ham Fan Terry Lawless Dies

Terry Lawless dies at the age of 76
'He will be remembered as one of the great boxing managers'

Former boxing manager Terry Lawless has died at the age of 76.

Lawless was best known for his work with Frank Bruno, steering the British fighter to a world title challenge against Mike Tyson.

The Londoner guided four other British fighters to world titles, and also worked with a young Joe Calzaghe.

Lawless, who moved to Marbella with his wife Sylvia after he retired, died in hospital in Spain following a gall bladder operation.

He had been suffering ill health for several years.

Born in West Ham on 29 March 1933, Lawless took out a boxing manager's licence after completing National Service in the mid-1950s.

During a 45-year career, he managed more than 50 boxers, including John H Stracey, Maurice Hope, Jim Watt and Charlie Magri, who won world titles under his guidance.

Writing in his autobiography Watt's My Name, Watt described Lawless as a "rare breed of manager who treats his boxers like sons rather than fighters.

"He gives 100% and demands the same in return. If it were not for him, I would not have got near winning a world title. He revitalised my career."

Based at the Royal Oak gym in Canning Town, Lawless was renowned for his in-depth knowledge of the sport, and for his unwillingness to expose his boxers to unnecessary dangers.

Jimmy Tibbs, who was moulded by Lawless as a fighter and then a trainer, now trains Beijing Olympian Billy Joe Saunders and world lightweight title contender Kevin Mitchell.

"He was always a safety-first man, that was the only way to describe Terry," said Tibbs.

"When I became a manager, though not as big as he was, I had a lot of fighters and that rubbed off on me, I was sometimes too safety-first.

"He was very compassionate."

He added: "Terry Lawless was one of the top managers in the world, probably, and I'm very sad to hear this news."

Lawless signed Bruno at the age of 18 and was in his corner when the British fighter lost his first world title fight against Tyson in 1989.

The pair had split by the time Bruno outpointed Oliver McCall to become heavyweight world champion in 1995.

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Monday, 7 December 2009

The Climate Change Hoax

Hackers 'expose global warming con': Sceptics claim that leaked emails reveal research centre massaged temperature data


One of the world’s leading climate change research centres has been accused of manipulating data on global warming after thousands of private emails and documents were leaked.

Hackers targeted the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit and published the files, including some personal messages, on the internet.

Among the most damaging is one which appears to suggest using a ‘trick’ to massage years of temperature data to ‘hide the decline’.

The CRU, which plays a leading role in compiling UN reports and tracks long-term
changes in temperature, has repeatedly refused to provide detailed information about the data underlying the temperature records.

It is thought that this could have triggered the theft. Climate change sceptics claim that some of the leaked messages discuss ways of manipulating data that fails to comply with the establishment view that climate change is real and is being driven by man.

The email suggesting ‘hiding the decline’ is purported to be from Phil Jones, the unit’s director.

He denied trying to mislead, telling the TGIF digital newspaper he had no idea what he meant by the phrase.

‘That was an email from ten years ago,’ he said. ‘Can you remember the exact context of an email you wrote ten years ago?’

Another message has been interpreted as an attempt to control the publication of
research carried out by sceptical scientists.

One way of doing this would be by loading the panel of researchers who review papers ahead of publication with experts who are ‘on-message’.

Talk of a figure being ‘shoehorned’ into a report from the UN’s International Panel of Climate Change appears in another of the documents.

Although the data was stored on the university’s computer system, the email exchanges also involve experts from other institutions around the world.

A spokesman for the University of East Anglia said: ‘We are aware that information from a server used for research information in one area of the university has been made available on public websites.

‘Because of the volume of this information we cannot currently confirm that all of
this material is genuine.

‘This information has been obtained and published without our permission and we took immediate action to remove the server in question from operation.

‘We are undertaking a thorough internal investigation and we have involved the
police in this inquiry.’

The Met Office collaborates with the East Anglia unit on a variety of research projects,including global temperature records.

Spokesman Dave Britton said the two organisations had to turn down numerous Freedom of Information requests because they did not hold the copyright to the data.

‘There is a feeling we are hiding something,’ he said. ‘But we are not, we just can’t
release the data.’

He said that is was unclear whether some of the documents had been tampered
with, adding: ‘We are not concerned about the robustness of the science we are pushing but we are worried about it being interpreted out of context.’

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