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Somai Pirates: Crew Makes Daring Escape

November 29, 2008

Two British ship security guards and their Irish colleague escaped kidnapping on Friday by jumping into the sea as Somali pirates hijacked a Singaporean tanker in the Gulf of Aden – the latest in a soaring spate of attacks.

By Mike Pflanz in Nairobi
The Telegraph (UK)
The men leapt overboard and were rescued by a German navy helicopter before being flown to the safety of a French frigate nearby.

At least another 25 of the crew, from India and Bangladesh, were still on the Liberian-flagged Biscaglia last night, a chemical tanker which was sailing through the pirate-infested waters between Somalia and Yemen.

The three worked for Anti-Piracy Maritime Security Solutions, a shipping protection firm headquartered in Poole, Dorset.

“APMSS are aware of an incident that occurred this morning on a chemical tanker Biscaglia,” said Nick Davis, a former pilot who set up the company earlier this year.

Somali hostages - British crew jump overboard as pirates hijack another tanker off Somalia

The men, who were rescued by the German navy, board a helicopter from the French Frigate to begin their journey home Photo: AFP/GETTY IMAGES

“We have been informed by coalition military authorities that three of our unarmed security staff were rescued from the water by a coalition helicopter and are currently on board a coalition warship in the Gulf of Aden.

“We have established procedures in place to deal with this and are working hard with the ship owners to assist in this fast developing situation. Our prime concern is the safety of all the people involved.”

Five pirates in a small open speedboat approached the Biscaglia in broad daylight yesterday morning and succeeded in boarding despite the security detachment.

Mr Davis’s firm uses a variety of non-lethal tools to keep pirates away, including audio and magnetic acoustic devices which broadcast messages and even debilitating sonic squeals over long distances.

It is not clear if this equipment was deployed on the Biscaglia.

Noel Choong, head of the piracy reporting centre at the International Maritime Bureau in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, confirmed that the ship sent a distress call at 0447 GMT.

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Spears’ dad to retain control until February 14

February 5, 2008

LOS ANGELES (AP) – A court commissioner on Monday extended the temporary conservatorship of Britney Spears to her father and an attorney until Feb. 14 and appointed a physician to evaluate her competence to make decisions.

The hearing came three days after her father, James Spears, and her attorney, Andrew Wallet, were granted temporary conservatorship after Superior Court Commissioner Reva Goetz ruled that Spears needed someone to take over her personal and financial affairs.

Goetz’s decision might not sit well with Spears, who remains in a hospital psychiatric ward undergoing a medical evaluation. Adam Streisand, who sought to enter the case as Spears’ lawyer, said in court that the pop star told him her dad shouldn’t be named the conservator of her and her estate.
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Another Report:
The decision came after lawyer Adam Streisand unsuccessfully sought to enter the case as Spears’ attorney, saying she told him by phone that her father, James Spears, should be removed from the case.

“She has expressed to me very strongly that her father not be the conservator,” Streisand said. “There has been an estrangement for quite some time. With him as conservator, that is causing her more agitation and more distress.”

Superior Court Commissioner Reva Goetz rejected Streisand’s request to represent the singer and extended her order granting James Spears temporary conservatorship until Feb. 14. He was given control on Friday.

She also appointed a physician to evaluate her competence to make decisions.

In addition, Goetz went a step further in distancing Britney Spears from her friend and sometime manager, Sam Lutfi.

The singer was ordered to have no contact with Lutfi, specifying she can’t reach him by phone, text message or any other means. Goetz also extended a restraining order against Lutfi.

Court spokesman Allan Parachini said the restraining order has not yet been served on Lutfi, but he declined to elaborate.

In a text message to The Associated Press, Lutfi said: “I have no problems with anyone writing anything negative against me. My image is not of concern, hers is.”

Lutfi did not immediately respond to further questions left in text and phone messages.

Streisand, who conservatively placed the singer’s estate assets at $40 million, said he believed he had been authorized to represent the singer.

Court-appointed attorney Samuel Ingham said he had interviewed Britney Spears on Sunday at UCLA Medical Center and determined that she didn’t understand the court proceedings, and that “she lacks the capacity to retain counsel.”

Streisand argued that she hadn’t been given any notice of Ingham’s plan to interview her, saying Ingham appeared at the hospital unannounced.

Vivian Thoreen, attorney for James Spears, said her client should continue to be conservator because “his daughter is in great distress.”

“He’s not here to take over her assets,” Thoreen said. “He’s here to get her medical help. He’s here to take over while she’s healing.”

Britney Spears was originally to be released Sunday after a 72-hour mental evaluation. But doctors and a ward medical officer cited California law to keep her for two weeks, said a person close to the pop star who requested anonymity.

The state law allows patients to be kept for medical treatment if they are found to be gravely disabled or a danger to themselves or others.

Streisand also said one of Spears’ entities is being audited by the IRS.

Earlier Monday, a child custody hearing was held but continued because of Spears’ condition.

Lawyers for Britney Spears, her ex-husband Kevin Federline and her conservators met behind closed doors. The hearing was to deal with efforts by Spears’ legal team to withdraw from the case, but the lawyers abandoned that effort last week.

Superior Court Commissioner Scott Gordon barred the singer from contact with her two small children after she refused last month to relinquish the children to representatives of Federline after a court-sanctioned visit.

On that occasion, she was also taken to a hospital for psychiatric observation but quickly released.

 

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Britney Spears: Two More Weeks In Hospital

Britney Spears: Two More Weeks In Hospital

February 4, 2008
By John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom
 
February 4, 2008 

On Sunday a judge in Los Angeles extended Britney Spears‘ stay in a psychiatric ward two weeks under a section in state law that allows patients to be kept for medical treatment if they are found to be gravely disabled or a danger to themselves or others.

The extension was viewed as a safety measure that may permit Ms. Spears time to detoxify or “detox” under supervised conditions.  She is unable to self medicate in the UCLA Medical Center where she is receiving care.
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Ms. Spears was to be released Sunday from the Medical Center‘s psychiatric ward after undergoing a 72-hour mental evaluation under California State Code 5150.

The Associated Press reported that Ms. Spears’ extension of detainment Sunday made it unlikely she would appear at a scheduled Monday morning hearing over custody of her children, 1-year-old Jayden James and 2-year-old Sean Preston.
Britney Spears arrives for the grand opening party of LAX nightclub ... 
Britney Spears arrives for the grand opening party of LAX nightclub at the Luxor hotel-casino in Las Vegas, in a Sept. 1, 2007 file photo. A judge extended her stay in a psychiatric ward Sunday Feb.3, 2008 , as doctors decided to keep her hospitalized an additional 14 days.
(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
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Ms. Spears, 26, lost custody of the boys to ex-husband Kevin Federline following an incident last month when she refused to return the children after a visit.

Ms. Spears was briefly hospitalized because of her bizarre behavior at that time. On Thursday, she was again hospitalized — apparently due to a family intervention.

On Friday, Court Commissioner Reva Goetz ruled that Spears needed someone else to take over her personal and financial affairs.  Her father James is now accountable to the court for her care and well being — removing Ms. Spears from her manager and mother.

Spears’ father, James, and her attorney, Andrew Wallet, were granted conservatorship, but a court hearing was scheduled Monday afternoon to review the matter.

A UCLA Medical Center spokesman did not immediately return a phone message Sunday seeking comment. Calls to Wallet and attorney Sorrell Trope also were not returned.

Spears’ erratic behavior since she filed for divorce in November 2006 has included appearing in short skirts without underwear, shaving her head, abandoning a car in traffic when it had a flat tire, and recently, holding her dog and sobbing on a sidewalk.

A friend asked me this morning why I was writing about Britney Spears and “pop culture.”  I told him this story was no longer about “pop culture” but is now a familiar saga of drug and alcohol abuse, intervention, mental and medical care and recovery (hopefully).

Ms. Spears is just another media “star” who overused drugs and alcohol.  Now perhaps she can obtain the treatment she needs and return to the spotlight with a new lease on life.

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Britney Spears: Decline Repeatedly Noted Before
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Britney Spears: “Dangerous to Herself”

Britney Spears: Decline Repeatedly Noted Before

February 2, 2008

By John E. Carey

A suburban housewife said to me yesterday, “What happened to Britney Spears, all of a sudden.”

The answer is: Nothing.

Like most drug and alcohol abusers, the decline for Britney was prolonged, obvious and intense.
Britney Spears is seen here in January 2008. A Los Angeles court ... 
Britney Spears is seen here in January 2008. A Los Angeles court on Friday awarded Spears’ father control of his daughter’s affairs following her admission to a hospital psychiatric unit for evaluation, officials said.
(AFP/File/Gabriel Bouys)

The real question that faces all of us when we see such a decline in our own midst is: what can we do to help?

The answer is: Intervention.

Intervention is the loving act of saying enough is enough.

Even in our society that promotes freedom above practically all else there are times to say “Stop.” 

“Enough already” may be the phrase that allows life to continue or, for some, return.

In this image from APTN video, Lynne Spears, center, Britney ...
In this image from APTN video, Lynne Spears, center, Britney Spears’ mother is shown leaving UCLA Medical Center with two unidentified people, early Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008, in Los Angeles. Britney Spears was taken from her home by ambulance early Thursday and escorted to the hospital by more than a dozen police officers. A Los Angeles police officer, who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak on the matter, said the 26-year-old pop star was being taken to ‘get help.’
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If you see wild and crazy abuse right before your nose, you are doing God’s work to help find solutions.

And intervention does not, to me, mean one visit to one doctor.  Taking a serious drug and alcohol abuser for a doctor’s “visit” is like taking your car with a steering problem to “Jiffy Lube.”  At both places you’ll leave in an hour with a fluid change.

Meaning the doctor will send the abuser/alcoholic to the pharmacy: which is often the wrong course of action.

And you won’t get your steering fixed.

A friend of mine who runs a treatment center called “The Manor House,” one Bill Alexander, said to me once, “Doctors are killing alcohol and drug users every day.”

One of the “treatment” drugs is often Xanax.

Xanax can kill an alcoholic.

Steve Hayes, the Director of Novus Detox said, “We see it every day.”

Steve had been speaking to a man with a problem similar to Brit’s.

“His life is falling apart,” Steve told me. “This is a guy that relied on medical doctors and trusted the drug companies.”

Intervention takes some work.  But it won’t take you as long as the serious drug or alcohol user has invested in ruination.

The article below appeared in 2006.  It is a reminder that everyone knew Britney was in trouble — even then and probably before.
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Britney Spears: Pill-Popping Dope Fiend?

Semi-reliable news source In Touch Weekly is reporting that Britney Spears may have made the leap from a mere amateur crotch shot queen and raging booze hound to unabashed, pill-popping dope fiend.

Brit was recently spotted by fellow club-goers in a restaurant bathroom with a purse full of pills, including an anti-depressant, Paxil, and an anti-anxiety drug, Xanax. Britney is said to have been popping Xanax like it’s hot – right in front of everyone.

“It looked like a freaking pharmacy in there – I have never seen so many pills,” says a witness. “There was a bottle of Paxil, an antidepressant, and a bottle of Xanax, which treats anxiety, that she took out and put on the counter.”

You’re probably not supposed to mix those drugs, and you’re definitely not supposed to drink while using them.

While both drugs mentioned above are legal if you have a prescription, somehow T.H. Gossip doubts Brit got them from her primary care physician. It’s far more likely Paris Hilton’s pool guy smuggled them up from Tijuana.

This is only the latest event in the ever-evolving Britney Spears train wreck.

Links:

http://www.manorhouserehab.com/

http://www.novusdetox.com:80/

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Britney Spears in Tears

January 29, 2008

(Jan. 29) — Britney Spears was left screaming and crying on Monday night following a dispute with her manager, Sam Lufti, various outlets are reporting.

We don’t know about you but at Peace and Freedom we are getting tired of “stars” crying.



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