Sports Personality of the Year

As the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards take place next month, it is time to observe the candidates who have been nominated.

Whilst most people's minds will be fixed on Formula One's youngest rookie World Champion, Lewis Hamilton and athletic Beijing Olympics swimming double gold medallist, Rebecca Adlington, the competition on the 14th December, allows the chance for other rival characters to make a formidable charge for the prize.

Mumbai under attack

If you havent been following, the event started late last evening. Essentially: a major terrorist attack with car bombs, squads with automatic weapons and grenades - coordinated attacks on (mostly luxury) hotels, hospitals, theaters, railway station and others, all in different parts of the city.

Several important heads of agencies have already been killed, including the anti-terrorist government agency. Reports are of already 87 casualties, with about 240 injured.

Reportedly terrorists havebeen filtering out hostages with American and British passports. There are even hostages from the European Parliament and major TNCs, who were there for meetings.

India has already seen an increase of terrorist attacks recently - however, the attacks have generally been remote attacks with bombs. This is a major event, as there are now coordinated groups with objectives and major assault weaponry.

A huge setback to the worldwide policy of anti-terrorism. Reporters are already comparing this event to the 9/11.