Friday, 31 August 2012
A YOUNG man saddled with drug debts ended up dealing cocaine to clear his ever-increasing slate.
Bristol Crown Court heard that when Karl Oram's home was raided, police found six wraps of cocaine hidden in a lamp- shade, along with a bag of cannabis.
The 22-year-old, of Woodview Close, Shirehampton, was jailed for two-and-a-half years yesterday.
Prosecuting, Paul Connell said the police executed a warrant on August 14 and Oram immediately admitted that the 180.6g of cocaine and 15.6g of cannabis belonged to him.
In his bedroom, officers found weighing scales which had cocaine residue on them. They also found four clear "snap" bags and a piece of paper with names, initials and numbers on it, which turned out to be a dealer's list.
Oram admitted possessing a class A drug with intent to supply, and possessing a class B drug.
Mitigating, Derek Perry said his client's problems started when he was a teenager and started using drugs recreationally. Over the years he started to accrue convictions for possession and debts to dealers that reached £48,000 and had seen him threatened and twice seriously beaten up.
"His life has become an utter misery," Mr Perry said.
Judge Julian Lambert acknowledged that Oram was being used by people "further up the chain" but said the offences were so serious, he had to go to jail.
He said: "It's a terrible world, the world of controlled drugs, and you know that now, to your cost."
Mary Robertson of Colston Road, Bristol has been charged and bailed to appear at Bristol Magistrates Court on September 20.
She has been charged with burglary of a property in Dove Street South, Bristol between April 30 and May 4 this year.
She also faces two further charges of fraud by false representation under the Fraud Act 2006, when she used a false name at two post offices to obtain cash on May 4.
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Almost a month ago (time flies, doesn't it?) I had the opportunity to share a story at MozCon about SEO Project Management (seoPM) with guidelines to enhance the management of the SEO process and achieve more effective results. Since I know you're all quite busy and may need a reminder on the topic, I wanted to check in to see if you're really following the guidelines I shared... in a very fun way, of course. I present to you: an seoPM challenge!
Prepare yourself first with Yoda's seoPM advice from MozCon
For those who did not attend MozCon or skipped my SEO Project Management (seoPM) presentation on Friday morning (too much party the night before, perhaps?), take a look and prepare yourself for the seoPM Jedi challenge by checking out Yoda's seoPM advice:
Test your seoPM Force by taking the seoPM Jedi Challenge
There may be additional seoPM guidelines to be followed, but these are the most important principles and tips shared during MozCon. I'll share additional seoPM guidelines in future episodes, along with challenges that you will be invited to take to keep your seoPM Jedi Master status.
My seoPM Jedi Challenge Results
As it is said in Spanish, I will preach with the example: After taking the tests the result I got is that I'm an seoPM Jedi Master.
Don't get me wrong, this result doesn't mean I haven't made seoPM mistakes. Remember that you need to answer according to you latest seoPM experience, so the status can change easily. This is intentional so that you always keep following the seoPM guidelines.
The truth is, I've experienced many different situations that I've learned from along the way. I've been doing SEO since 2007 and have had a variety of different roles since then. I've worked on the agency side as an SEO consultant and afterwards as the head of the SEO department. I've also been an In-House SEO and an external freelance SEO consultant.
As you imagine, most of the stories shared by our SEO stormtrooper consultant friend at MozCon are mine, too, in some way or another. Nonetheless, I can say that after I started following Yoda's guidelines (and that are tested in the seoPM Jedi challenge), the SEO projects I manage are more effective, my clients are happier, and, of course, I'm an even happier SEO:
Disclaimer: These photos were not taken exactly at the time when the described events happened... but I promise my reaction was very similar.
This doesn't mean that if you don't follow the seoPM guidelines, you won't be able to achieve sucessful seoPM projects, or if you do, your projects are going to be perfect and issue-free. However, I'm positive that if you take these guidelines, customize them to your situation, and follow them in your every day SEO work, you will achieve your results more effectively.
Now it's your turn: Share your seoPM Jedi test results and challenge an SEO friend
I hope that we all start taking these guidelines into consideration, identifying our own situations with them, and challenging ourselves and our SEO friends to follow them.
So, as I need to challenge another SEO to get this going... I want to challenge Gianluca to take the test, share his seoPM results (and experiences) with us, and then challenge another SEO (who hasn't taken the test before) to give it a try.
Here are the different seoPM challenge badges so you can publish them along your results:
Good luck with your seoPM Jedi Challenge tests. I look forward to learning about your results and stories!
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Monday, 27 August 2012
PEOPLE missing through war and conflict situations will be remembered when the British Red Cross plants a memory garden at Trinity Centre Community Gardens.
It comes as the Red Cross marks this year's International Day of the Disappeared on Thursday, August 30 – a United Nations-recognised annual commemoration day for people who have gone missing in armed conflicts or other situations of violence, and whose fate is unresolved.
In Bristol, the charity's International Tracing and Message Service (ITMS) works across borders to reunite family members who have lost contact with each other as a result of war, natural disaster or migration.
Red Cross staff are working with more than 100 people, mainly from the Somali and Afghan communities, who have lost contact with their loved ones.
Liz Abbey, Red Cross ITMS service manager, said: "There are thousands of people who are going through the agony and pain of losing contact with loved ones. The day remembers those people and gives the Red Cross the opportunity to let them know we are here to help them."
The memory garden will be planted in the already established community garden at Trinity Centre, in Trinity Road, on Thursday at 3.30pm.
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Sunday, 26 August 2012
SAM Baldock admits he has a point to prove after leaving West Ham United to join Bristol City.
Relegated to the sidelines by Hammers manager Sam Allardyce during the second half of last season, the 23-year-old marksman is desperate to show the world he can deliver goals in the npower Championship.
He intends taking eight months of frustration out on Cardiff City if selected to make his debut in tomorrow's Severnside derby showdown at Ashton Gate.
City's fifth £1 million signing, Baldock trained with his new team-mates for the first time yesterday and said: "I've a real fire and hunger to show people what I can do. I want to prove myself in the Championship and get back to playing football and enjoying it.
"Last season was really frustrating for me and, now I'm here, I want to kick on again."
Signed by West Ham from MK Dons a year ago, Baldock made an impressive start at Upton Park, bagging four goals in nine appearances.
However, things turned sour when Allardyce, under pressure to deliver promotion, changed tactics and adopted a more pragmatic approach after Christmas.
Opportunities were few and far between for Baldock, who quickly realised he had to move if he wanted to play regular first-team football.
When City boss Derek McInnes made his interest known last month, Baldock immediately bought into his football philosophy and thought seriously about moving away from Upton Park.
He said: "Sam Allardyce went to one up front and I played a couple of games out wide, but I'm not a wide player. I like to play down the middle, get into the box and score goals.
"His style didn't suit all the players or the fans, but he did his job. It was more or less agreed that I would go at the end of last season.
"I got an injury and missed a couple of games, he then changed the style and was playing defenders in midfield and midfielders up front and I could not get into the team.
"When I first spoke to Derek McInnes, it felt like a breath of fresh air. If you don't enjoy what you are doing then you can fall out of love with it, but I know I will enjoy playing for Bristol City."
Baldock, pictured, was an interested spectator as City thrashed Crystal Palace 4-1 in midweek and he insists his appetite was whetted by what he saw.
He said: "My eyes really lit up when I saw all the chances that were created. Everyone's first thought was to go forward and I thought to myself 'I'd like a bit of this for myself'. This team is set up to create chances and score goals and I want to be a part of that."
McInnes remains in the market for a right-sided centre half and is monitoring Swansea captain Garry Monk.
The experienced defender was left out of the squad altogether for last Saturday's Premier League opener at Queens Park Rangers and has been told by Swans boss Michael Laudrup that he may have to look elsewhere for regular first-team football.
Monk is reluctant to leave the Liberty Stadium, but may consider a move rather than remain stuck on the sidelines.
Should he become available before the transfer window closes next Friday, McInnes will consider either paying a fee or taking the 33-year-old on loan.
Midfielder Neil Kilkenny is rated doubtful for tomorrow's lunchtime kick-off against Cardiff after suffering a back injury, but right-back Mark Wilson is back in contention after recovering from illness.
McInnes is spoilt for choice in attack where he will perm any two from new arrivals Baldock and Steve Davies, plus Jon Stead, Ryan Taylor and Brett Pitman.
League Two promotion-hopefuls Cheltenham Town have completed the signing of midfielder Darren Carter on a six-month deal.
The 28-year-old goes straight into the Robins squad for this weekend's match against Aldershot.
Carter, who previously had spells with West Brom and Birmingham, including experience in the Premier League, agreed terms at the club's training ground yesterday.
Cheltenham boss Mark Yates said: "We're delighted. He has experience and a lot of quality."
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Friday, 24 August 2012
In her new book, The Art of Men, Kirstie Alley, 61, promises to dish on every man she?s ever known, from her ex-husband and famous directors like Woody Allen to the cast of Cheers and even her good friend, NKOTB?s Jonathan Knight, and a source tells In Touch that Kirstie claims it will be ?sexier than Fifty Shades of Grey.?
?I?ve lived a pretty wild life,? the actress has said. ?And I wanted to share the good, the bad and the ugly so that my readers can find humor in their own lives and have certainty that they can survive anything.?
Kirstie likes to say 60 is the new 30. She jokes, ?I wanna be the Bachelorette. But all my dudes have to be under 23!?
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