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Who is Paul?

In many ways, the picture says much to answer that question.

What the picture does not answer:

I live in Chatsworth, California with my long term partner, Greg Venne.

I am passionate about about:
     -->those who can not help themselves
     -->about politics
     -->and individual rights
     -->about Jewelry (I am a graduate gemologist) and Diamonds especially.

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The Latest World Headlines From BBC News . . .



Defiant HK protests on National Day

Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong continue their sit-in and hope for an increase in numbers as China marks National Day.

First Ebola case diagnosed in the US

A man who travelled from Liberia nearly two weeks ago is the first confirmed case of the deadly Ebola virus diagnosed on American soil.

Microsoft unveils Windows 10 system

Microsoft announces the next version of its core operating system, called Windows 10, which will reintroduce the Start Menu.

Caver freed after 12-day ordeal

An injured Spanish speleologist who was trapped in a 400m deep cave in north-eastern Peru for 12 days has been rescued.

California mayor dies after shooting

Daniel Crespo, mayor of California suburb Bell Gardens, was shot dead and his wife taken into custody following an argument at the couple's home.

Deadly attacks on Kabul troops

At least seven people are dead after two separate bomb attacks targeted buses carrying troops in the Afghan capital Kabul.

Kurds fight IS on Iraq-Syria border

Heavy fighting is reported on both sides of a key border crossing between Iraq and Syria, where Kurdish forces are battling Islamic State militants.

Argentina defies US over debt payment

Argentina deposits $161m in bond interest payments with a state-controlled bank, in an effort to skirt US court rulings.

California imposes plastic bag ban

The US state is the first to pass legislation imposing a ban on single-use plastic bags in grocery and convenience stores.

Armed man shared lift with Obama

US President Barack Obama rode in a lift with an armed security contractor who had assault convictions, in another security lapse, according to reports.

Cancer gene test 'would save lives'

Younger bowel cancer patients should be offered a genetic test to screen for a rare condition linked to a higher risk of cancer, say UK researchers.

Norway best country for older people

Norway is the best place to be old, according to an index of the quality of later life in published on the UN's International Day of Older Persons.

VIDEO: Gates 'optimistic' for Ebola sufferers

Microsoft founder Bill Gates has said he is "optimistic" about increasing the treatment capacity for Ebola in West Africa.

VIDEO: 'I hid from boulders as volcano erupted'

A mountain guide who was on Mount Ontake when it erupted speaks about the moment it exploded without warning.

VIDEO: Henning's wife makes new mercy plea

The wife of British hostage Alan Henning has made a renewed direct appeal to the IS militants holding her husband.

VIDEO: One-minute World News

Watch the latest news summary from BBC World News. International news updated 24 hours a day.

VIDEO: Hot air balloon descends into cave

An Austrian balloon pilot has succeeded in taking a balloon deep underground.

VIDEO: The battle to protect gates of Baghdad

Iraqi ground forces, backed by air strikes, have been involved in fierce fighting with Islamic State (IS) militants in a town west of Baghdad.

VIDEO: Clintons leave hospital with baby

Chelsea Clinton leaves a New York hospital with her baby daughter, Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky.

VIDEO: Brazil's silent abortion dilemma

Julio Carneiro looks at why so many Brazilians still oppose the legalisation of abortion, despite a series of recent deaths.

Pakistan plane video man sacked

A man who filmed passengers preventing Pakistan's former interior minister from boarding a plane for being late is sacked from his job.

VIDEO: False widow bite leads to amputation

A woman has had her finger amputated - and told she was within hours of death - after being bitten by a false widow spider.

Asian stocks retreat on HK protests

Asian stocks are headed for their fourth straight day of losses as political protests in Hong Kong show no signs of abating.

Japan manufacturing sentiment rises

Japanese large manufacturers' confidence improved in the three months to September, according to a closely-watched central bank survey.

Threat posed by voice activation

Voice-activation functions on smartphones and other devices can be a significant security risk, warn researchers.

Thousands flock to 'anti-Facebook'

Ad-free social media platform Ello overcomes a technical setback to continue its rapid growth, but one expert questions its business model.

Chinese cinema set for record year

Chinese cinema box office revenue surges 32% in the first nine months of the year, figures show.

Marcos art seized in Philippines

Artworks belonging to former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos are seized by authorities who claim they were acquired with embezzled state funds.

Protest halts Nasa spaceflight plans

Nasa is facing a delay to work on two new commercial spacecraft after a formal protest about the contract award process.

Panama opens biodiversity museum

Panama inaugurates a museum designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry to celebrate one of the world's richest eco-systems.

Children hit by tooth decay at three

More than one in 10 three-year-olds have tooth decay, the first survey of the age group shows.

Antibiotic 'link to child obesity'

A large American study suggests young children who are given repeated courses of antibiotics are more likely than those given fewer drugs to be obese.

Manchester City 1-1 Roma

Manchester City are still without a win in Champions League Group E after Francesco Totti's goal gives Roma a 1-1 draw.

Phelps 'arrested for drink driving'

US Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps has been arrested for driving under the influence, police in Baltimore say.

Almaz's story

When a young Ethiopian woman went to Saudi Arabia to work as a maid her new employers treated her like a slave.

Why 'boots on the ground'?

The expression "boots on the ground" may not have been used until about 1980.

Nigeria and Senegal 'contain' Ebola

Ebola outbreaks in Nigeria and Senegal appear to have been contained, US health authorities say, with no new cases there since August.

Obama and Modi call for 'new agenda'

Indian PM Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama call for a "new agenda" between their countries during Mr Modi's two-day visit to the US.

EU to keep Russia sanctions in place

The EU decides to keep sanctions on Russia in place, judging that Ukraine's peace deal is not fully effective.

Mexico charges troops with homicide

Mexico's attorney general has charged three soldiers with murder during a shootout with 22 alleged gang members on 30 June.

Iran 'postpones' woman's execution

Iran is reported to have postponed the execution of Reyhaneh Jabbari, convicted of killing a man she said was trying to sexually abuse her.

Man charged over Oklahoma beheading

An Oklahoma man accused of beheading a female colleague after being fired from his job has been charged with first-degree murder.

Body found during Alice Gross search

Police investigating the disappearance of 14-year-old schoolgirl Alice Gross say they have found a body in a west London river.

Inheritance changes come into force

Legal changes increasing the inheritance rights of people whose spouses or civil partners die without making a will come into force.

New help for families of missing

A law that makes it easier to declare missing people dead comes into force in England and Wales on Wednesday after a long campaign.

City phone calls need area code

Local landline calls in the Aberdeen area and four other UK cities now require the area code to be dialled under changes aimed at freeing up more numbers.

Day in pictures: 30 September

News images from around the world: 30 September

In pictures: The lure of gold

Men and women who risk their lives to get rich in Guinea

In pictures: India's dying printing tradition

Printing tradition kept alive in Calcutta

In pictures: People of India

Exhibition featuring work by three generations of photographers

In pictures: Hong Kong stand-off

Pro-democracy protesters remain on the streets in Hong Kong

Day in pictures: 29 September

News images from around the world: 29 September

Week in pictures: 20-26 September 2014

The best news photos from around the world

Echoes of the Black Country

Industrial landscapes of the Midlands

How Bosnia is helping Cyprus find peace

How Bosnia is helping Cyprus find peace

Is yoga really about exercise?

Is yoga really about exercise or spirituality?

Fraternity culture and college rape

Are US fraternities doing enough to stop campus rape?

The 'click-bait' internet firm

The $250m internet firm at the forefront of 'lowbrow click-bait'

Why Japan's sunny beaches are deserted

The rule that's left Japan's sunny beaches deserted

Connie Converse: The first singer-songwriter

The mystery of Connie Converse, the original singer-songwriter

Remembering the work of Shirley Baker

One photographer's take on 1960s Britain

Pain of Pakistan's outcast Ahmadis

Pakistan's outcast Ahmadis on their fears for the future

Profile: Nato chief Jens Stoltenberg

Norway's master of surprises takes the helm

Assad loyalists concerned by rise of Syria paramilitaries

Assad loyalists concerned by rise of Syria paramilitaries

The Iraqis who laugh at Islamic State

How Iraqis are using comedy to cope with their fear of IS

EU hearings: The grilling of Lord Hill

UK's Lord Hill faces tough scrutnity for EU job

The RAF's 'difficult' Iraq mission

Why British jets are struggling to find targets in Iraq