#openhq on 30.03.2012 um 13:12 (UTC)
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#openhq on 16.02.2012 um 20:09 (UTC)
 Whitney Houston's funeral will be streamed live on the internet and, it was announced yesterday.
The revelation will please her grieving fans, who were disappointed to learn that the star's funeral would be a private affair.
There will also be no public memorial service for the iconic singer.

But members of the public wishing to pay their respects to Ms Houston will be able to do so by following online as she is laid to rest.
The Associated Press has been granted the right to film the ceremony, which takes place on Saturday in the singer's hometown of Newark, New Jersey.

The funeral will be streamed on the AP's website, and will also be made available to broadcasters.
While the service at New Hope Baptist Church will be not be open to the public, that has not stopped Ms Houston's fans from bringing flowers as and other gifts as tributes to the singer.

The church, where Ms Houston sang as a child, has become one of several sites where people have gathered to remember the singer since her death last Saturday night at the age of 48.
She is also being remembered by the New Jersey government, after governor Chris Christie ordered state buildings to lower their flags on the day of the funeral.

Grave: Ms Houston could be buried next to her father John
Ms Houston decline from world-beating success into damaging drug addiction has been blamed by some on her turbulent marriage to singer Bobby Brown, and it has been reported that Ms Houston's family asked Mr Brown to stay away from her funeral.
However, he has insisted that those reports are false, and that he will attend the ceremony in order to support the couple's 18-year-old daughter, Bobbi Kristina.
There is believed to have been disagreement among the Houston family as to where the singer should be buried.
Whitney's mother Cissy and her cousin Dionne Warwick are said to have argued that she should be laid to rest in Atlanta, but other relatives who argued for Newark won the day.
She may be buried alongside her father, army serviceman and entertainment executive John Houston, who died in 2003.

#openhq on 15.02.2012 um 19:55 (UTC)
 TENS of thousands have marched in protests across Europe against a controversial anti-online piracy pact.

Critics say the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) - to which Australia is a signatory - could curtail Internet freedom.

Some 41,000 people rallied in Germany, including 16,000 in Munich and 10,000 in Berlin, against ACTA, which was negotiated between the 27-nation European Union and 10 other countries.

Many brandishing "Stop ACTA" banners and wearing Guy Fawkes masks - a symbol of online activism - the mostly young protestors also braved subzero temperatures to mass in cities such as Budapest, Bucharest, Sofia, Tallinn, Vilnius, Vienna and Paris.

ACTA is awaiting ratification from several governments, but sharp opposition led by Internet users has forced some EU states including Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia to freeze their ratification process.

In Sofia, more than 3000 demonstrators marched along major downtown boulevards, booing at the buildings of government and parliament.

Shouting "No to ACTA!" and "Mafia!", they accused the government of signing the agreement secretly and without consulting the public.

In Tallinn, where about 1500 turned out, lawmakers widened their criticism of ACTA to an attack on the country's leadership.

"Estonia's PM Ansip has often demonstrated that government decisions in Estonia are born somewhere in hidden cellars," charged lawmaker Juku-Kalle Raid, whose party governs with Andrus Ansip's Reform Party.

"The current case with ACTA only indicated that once again a decision was to be made without discussion with people," added the lawmaker.

The European Commission meanwhile published an eight-page document detailing the negotiation process of the pact, as it sought to defend itself against accusations of opacity.

"The EU strongly denies having provided any kind of preferential access to information to any group of stakeholders," it said.

"There are also no secret protocols to the agreement and the final text is fully public and available to all citizens on the website of the European Commission," it added.

ACTA was signed last year in Tokyo, and aims to bolster international standards for intellectual property protection, for example by doing more to fight counterfeit medicine and other goods.

But its attempt to attack illegal downloading and Internet file-sharing has sparked angry protests from users, who fear it could curtail online freedom.

"I am here because I am against censorship on the Internet, against the attempts to limit the freedom of information and against corporate interests which trample on human rights," 27-year-old Maya Nikolova said at the Sofia rally.

Many Bulgarian musicians were also seen in the crowd. They claimed that they rarely ever get any copyright royalties anyway but were ready to sacrifice whatever little they do earn for the sake of Internet freedom.

In Vilnius, one of the organisers, Mantas Kondratavicius, said: "I see a big threat to freedom of speech and privacy. Some provisions of the treaty are too ambiguous and allow different interpretations."

"If ACTA is approved, the understanding of human rights and privacy would change and there can be no way back," warned the 21-year-old.

"I don't deny that authors should be paid but that cannot be done at the expense of privacy or freedom of speech," he stressed.

Meanwhile, a small group on Facebook chose to protest through blood donations.

"Blood is a life-giving power, just as information and ideas are for the web. Join our symbolic way to show that sharing is not a crime but has vital importance," its organisers said.

Besides the EU, other signatories of ACTA are Australia, Canada, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland and the United States.

#openhq on 14.02.2012 um 20:16 (UTC)
 Whitney Houston's family will say goodbye to the singer in a private memorial, it has been confirmed.

There had been speculation that the Bodyguard star would have a public service at Newark's Prudential Center in New Jersey which holds thousands of people.

But Carolyn Whigham, who is handling the arrangements for the funeral, said that there will be a private invitation-only service at the Hope Baptist Church where Whitney started her singing career as a child.

'[The family has] shared her for 30-some years with the city, with the state, with the world,' Carolyn said in a statement. 'This is their time now for their farewell.'

The funeral for the fallen star will take place on Saturday at noon.

Meanwhile, Extra TV reports that some family members do not want Whitney's ex-husband Bobby Brown to attend the funeral.

The couple divorced in 2007 and they have an 18-year-old daughter together, Bobbi Kristina, but it is yet unknown if the My Prerogative singer will be welcomed.

Whitney's mother Cissy Houston waited outside Whigham Funeral Home last night looking ashen-faced as her daughter's casket arrived in a golden hearse. Her body had been flown back from Los Angeles where she was found dead in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton hotel on Saturday.

Cissy was surrounded by loved ones and dozens of fans who had camped outside to pay their last respects.

Meanwhile Janet Jackson, who lost her brother Michael in 2009, told Anderson Cooper that she was 'speechless' when she heard Whitney had died.

'I couldn't believe it,' she told the talk show host of her longtime friend. 'Immediately I started shaking. I was trying to text everyone that I knew to let them know and I was speechless. I could not believe it.'

'I was home, here. I just so happened to be watching TV and I saw this newsflash and I still can't believe it when I hear them paying tribute to her on the radio, it's still such a shock to me. I don't want to believe it.'

Janet called Whitney a 'sweet, sweet soul' and that they always made sure to see each other at various media events.

She added that her heart goes out to Whitney's daughter and although it was tough losing a brother, she acknowledged that the loss of a parent has its additional challenges.

"It's a very, very tough time. Even though it's still a loss.I lost my brother, she lost her mother. There's still a difference, even though there's still a loss to a family, I don't know what that's like being so young. It was hard for me. It was very, very difficult for me. I didn't want to accept it, it's very difficult,' Janet said.

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#openhq on 13.02.2012 um 20:16 (UTC)
 Whitney Houston's family was told by L.A. County Coroner officials ... the singer did not die from drowning, but rather from what appears to be a combination of Xanax and other prescription drugs mixed with alcohol ... this according to family sources.

We're told Coroner's officials informed the family there was not enough water in Whitney's lungs to lead to the conclusion that she drowned.

Our sources say the family was told Whitney may well have died before her head became submerged.

And family sources tell us ... it was actually Whitney's aunt, Mary Jones, who discovered Whitney's body in the bathtub. Mary had laid out Whitney's dress for the evening on the bed and then left for about a half hour. When Whitney didn't come out of the bathroom, Mary entered, pulled Whitney out of the tub and began administering CPR.

And we're told ... Whitney's mom has arranged to have the singer's body flown back to Atlanta, as early as tomorrow. The family was told the Coroner has no problem releasing the body because there is no evidence of foul play - and unless cops put a hold on the body, it can be flown back East.

#openhq on 12.02.2012 um 14:47 (UTC)
 It is believed Houston's body was removed from the bathtub before emergency workers arrived at her hotel room. Emergency services were called to the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills by a member of the pop star's entourage at 3:23pm local time yesterday and arrived two minutes later, police said.

Resuscitation attempts were unsuccessful.

"At 3:55pm, Whitney Houston was pronounced dead at the Beverly Hilton Hotel," Beverly Hills Police Department Lt. Mark Rosen told reporters at a press conference, adding that the cause of death was still being investigated.

Houston, who ruled as pop music's queen until her majestic voice and regal image were ravaged by drug use, erratic behaviour and a tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown, died in unknown circumstances.

The tragic singer's publicist, Kristen Foster, confirmed the news of her death.

Rosen said detectives had found "no obvious signs of criminal intent" as they investigated the scene inside the fourth floor room that Houston's body was discovered in.

Asked by reporters if drugs had been found in the room, Rosen said the investigation was "too fresh" and it was premature to speculate about the cause of death.

He said he did not know the name of the individuals who initially called 911 - other than that they were part of the singer's "entourage."

Several reports surfaced saying that Houston's ex-boyfriend, singer Ray J, had found the body. But Ray J's publicist denied the claims, saying it was Houston's bodyguard - who is also named Ray - who discovered the body, Radar Online reported.




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