Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Thursday 9 May 2013
OHIO KIDNAP: ARIEL CASTRO FACES COURT
Dressed in a blue prison jumpsuit, Ariel Castro appeared in court in Cleveland, Ohio today to face four counts of kidnapping and three of rape after three young women held captive in his home for a decade were rescued on Monday. The prosecutor said Castro "beat, sexually assaulted and bound them in a self-serving and gratifying way".
DAVID MOYES SIGNS ON WITH MAN UTD
Everton manager David Moyes has signed a six-year deal with Manchester United, replacing Sir Alex Ferguson. "I know how hard it will be to follow the best manager ever, but the opportunity to manage Manchester United isn’t something that comes around very often and I’m really looking forward to taking up the post next season," Moyes said in a statement.
METEOR SHOW FOR ENGLAND AND WALES
A meteor streaked across the night sky and was visible from much of England and Wales last night. It was seen from parts of Cornwall, Hampshire, Lancashire, south Wales and Worcestershire. Scientists had not predicted its passing but Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock said it was likely to have been debris from Halley’s Comet.
PAKISTAN CANDIDATE ABDUCTED BY GUNMEN
Ali Haider Gilani, a candidate for the Pakistan Peoples' Party in Saturday’s general election, is reported to have been abducted by unidentified gunmen at a rally in the city of Multan. His father is Yousuf Raza Gilani, a former prime minister. Eyewitnesses say one man, possibly a bodyguard, was shot. "Then they grabbed Gilani, put him in the car and sped away."
PRINCE CHARLES HITS AT CLIMATE SCEPTICS
Prince Charles has attacked "corporate lobbyists" and climate change sceptics for turning the earth into a "dying patient" in a speech to forest scientists at St James’s Palace. The comments are seen as his most outspoken yet on the failure to tackle global warming and come as the Queen hands him more responsibilities.
HARRY’S US VISIT IN DIANA’S FOOTSTEPS
Prince Harry arrives in the US today for a six-day tour. Within hours of touching down in Washington DC, the Prince will meet members of the landmine charity The Halo Trust, famously supported by his late mother. The Apache helicopter pilot has agreed to become patron of the trust’s 25th anniversary fundraising appeal.
BANGLADESH: EIGHT DIE IN FACTORY FIRE
At least eight people have been killed by a fire in a knitwear plant in Dhaka, Bangladesh, which started last night after most staff had gone home. The tragedy comes as rescue workers continue to remove bodies from the ruin of a garment factory which collapsed in the capital two weeks ago, killing at least 900.
‘STEPFORD’ DIRECTOR BRYAN FORBES DIES
British film director Bryan Forbes, best known for 1970s satire The Stepford Wives, has died at home in Surrey aged 86. Forbes, who made his debut with Whistle Down the Wind in 1961, was also a novelist. With his actress wife Nanette Newman he had two daughters, TV presenter Emma Forbes and journalist Sarah Standing.
STARRY BOWIE VIDEO BANNED BY YOUTUBE
The video for David Bowie’s new single The Next Day is so gory it has been banned by YouTube, despite its starry cast and respected director, Floria Sigismondi. It stars Gary Oldman as a priest who beats up a tramp, then visits a nightclub full of half-naked women, and Marion Cotillard as a nun who vomits blood on Bowie.
HOT TICKET: GLOBE’S ENCHANTING TEMPEST
A new production of ‘The Tempest’ has opened at Shakespeare’s Globe theatre. Roger Allam from ‘The Thick of It’ stars as Prospero, a former duke exiled to a magical island where he summons a storm to wreak revenge. “Spellbinding,” says the Daily Telegraph. Until 18 August.