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Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.

by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Oct 12th, 2010 at 02:00:39 PM EST
BBC News - Cable accepts unlimited tuition fees plan

Business Secretary Vince Cable has given the government's approval to a report calling for an unlimited rise in tuition fees in England's universities.

Mr Cable told the House of Commons he endorsed the "persuasive proposals" of Lord Browne's radical funding reforms.

A backbench rebellion by Lib Dem MPs has been threatened - but Mr Cable defended the plans as "fair and progressive".

Students have warned that raising fees would mean "crippling debts"



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Oct 12th, 2010 at 02:11:37 PM EST
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Government may cap tuition fees at £7,000, says Vince Cable | Education | guardian.co.uk

The government may cap tuition fees at £7,000 a year, Vince Cable said today, as he told MPs he accepted the thrust of Lord Browne's report proposing a radical overhaul of higher education funding.

In statement to MPs, the Liberal Democrat business secretary scrapped his party's policy of opposing tuition fees - but he may still face rebellion from his backbenchers. Before the election all Lib Dem MPs, including Cable and Nick Clegg, signed a pledge opposing tuition fees.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Oct 12th, 2010 at 02:18:40 PM EST
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BBC News - Hungary emergency toxic sludge dam 'almost completed'

Emergency crews in Hungary have almost completed a new dam to contain further spillage from the reservoir that leaked toxic sludge earlier this month, officials say.

They say final test are being conducted on the emergency barrier.

Meanwhile the Hungarian government is preparing to take over the company at the centre of the disaster.

Eight people have died from the 4 October spill that devastated towns near Akja in the west of the country.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Oct 12th, 2010 at 02:29:32 PM EST
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BBC News - Ukraine train and bus collision kills 42

At least 42 people have been killed and nine people hurt in a collision between a train and a small bus in eastern Ukraine, officials say.

The incident happened near the town of Marhanets, south of the main regional city of Dnipropetrovsk.

The inter-city passenger bus tried to cross the track, ignoring the warning of an approaching train, reports said.

Some of the injured are in a critical condition and the death toll could rise.

Railway officials said all the casualties were on the bus.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Oct 12th, 2010 at 02:30:08 PM EST
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BBC News - France hit by third national strike this month

French unions are staging a day of nationwide strikes and demonstrations in opposition to the government's pension reforms - the third in a month.

Unions and police say Tuesday's protests in Paris are the biggest so far, estimating a turnout of 330,000 and 89,000 respectively.

The cabinet wants to raise the minimum retirement age from 60 to 62.

Some unions will vote later on Tuesday to decide whether to escalate their protests with open-ended strikes.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Oct 12th, 2010 at 02:30:49 PM EST
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France24 - German army chief honours Holocaust victims in Israel

AFP - German army chief of staff General Volker Wieker on Tuesday began his first trip to Israel by visiting the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial dedicated to six million Jewish victims of Nazism.

General Wieker was accompanied by his Israeli counterpart, General Gabi Ashkenazi, as he took part in a special ceremony to mark the occasion.

Wearing a red beret and his dress uniform, the general placed a flower wreath wrapped in the black, red and yellow colours of the German flag in the Hall of Remembrance.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Oct 12th, 2010 at 02:35:00 PM EST
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BBC News - Inquests shown 7 July aftermath videos

The inquests into the 7 July suicide bombings in London have been shown new footage of the aftermath of the four explosions.

The bombs were detonated on three London Underground trains and a bus on 7 July 2005, killing 52 people.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Oct 12th, 2010 at 03:23:03 PM EST
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Budget cuts force NHS hospitals to stop non-emergency surgery | Society | The Guardian

An NHS primary care trust with a budget of £650m has been forced to announce a radical set of cuts which will mean non-emergency surgery in local hospitals being barred to patients for a month.

Some treatments, including in vitro fertilisation, will be stopped until next year, and operations such as hip replacements will be cancelled to deal with the £50m gap in the trust's projected budget.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Oct 12th, 2010 at 03:30:44 PM EST
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50 million...there are bankers, and many groups of bankers, who will be getting bonuses of this magnitude, indirectly and directly from public financing of banks...from the coffers of the economy that has failed the public.



Never underestimate their intelligence, always underestimate their knowledge.

Frank Delaney ~ Ireland

by siegestate (siegestate or beyondwarispeace.com) on Wed Oct 13th, 2010 at 07:52:32 AM EST
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MP Mike Hancock questioned by police | Politics | The Guardian
Liberal Democrat MP Mike Hancock was questioned by police last night following allegations of improper behaviour towards a female constituent. In a statement on his website, the Portsmouth South MP said he had gone voluntarily to a police station and "co-operated fully" with inquiries.


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Oct 12th, 2010 at 08:43:02 PM EST
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BBC News - Cuts endanger UK, RAF's Timo Anderson warns

A senior RAF officer has warned that cuts to military aircraft numbers would leave the UK vulnerable to attack.

Air Marshal Timo Anderson, director general of the Military Aviation Authority, addressed MPs in a private talk, and gave a stark assessment on cuts expected to be outlined next week.

The RAF is expected to lose significant numbers of jet fighters in spending cuts of up to 10% over four years.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Oct 12th, 2010 at 09:50:59 PM EST
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Entirely predictable. Britain will be invaded the moment a single aircraft is mothballed.

I am sick of this fantasy that Britain is only great because of the big stick it wields in America's name. Germany and Japan have far better economies than we do and very low level militaries. Not just because america occupies them, but also because they do not threaten anyone. Even China has little interest in using its army against anyone other than its own people, crushing their opponents with trade is easier and has fewer issues of unintended consequences.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Oct 13th, 2010 at 05:30:33 AM EST
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Associated Press | 2.10.10
Druids have been worshipping the sun and earth for thousands of years in Europe, but now they can say they're practicing an officially recognized religion.

The ancient pagan tradition best known for gatherings at Stonehenge every summer solstice has been formally classed as a religion under charity law for the first time in Britain, the national charity regulator said Saturday. That means Druids can receive exemptions from taxes on donations -- and now have the same status as such mainstream religions as the Church of England.

by gk (g k quattro due due sette "at" gmail.com) on Wed Oct 13th, 2010 at 03:15:18 AM EST
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... the labour market. Exhibit 209,878,343:

Vikarer er lavstatus og får den kolde skulder - Avisen.dk

Vikarjob i Danmark er typisk - i modsætning til udlandet - ufaglærte og stiller ikke store krav til uddannelse.Temp jobs in Denmark - unlike in other countries [read: English-speaking countries. Danish newsies don't read or speak French, German or Russian - Jake] - are typically unskilled and do not place great demands on education.
Derfor er der mindre prestige i dem, siger Jakob Tietge, chefkonsulent i Dansk Erhverv, og tilføjer:This makes them less prestigious, says Jacob Tietge, Senior Adviser to the Danish Chamber of Commerce, adding:
"Der er også en lidt negativ klang over ordet vikar, selv om mange vikarer har virkelig gode kompetencer, der er screenet af vikarbureaet. En af grundene kan være, at vi i folkeskolen husker vikartimer som mindre seriøse - i nogle tilfælde - en slags pause fra undervisningen.""There is also a slightly negative tone of the word "temp" [in Danish the term for "temporary worker" carries connotations of temporary replacement for an indisposed employee - Jake], although many temps have really good skills that are screened by their bureau. One reason may be that we remember lessons from replacement teachers in elementary school remember as less serious - in some cases - a sort of break from teaching."

Of course, it has nothing to do with the fact that the Danish labour market is structured around full-time salaried employment, not temp work. It can't possibly be because temps serve the same institutional function as scabs. Perish the thought.

- Jake

Austerity can only be implemented in the shadow of a concentration camp.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Wed Oct 13th, 2010 at 02:00:11 PM EST
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