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European Salon de News, Discussion et Klatsch - 17 May

by Fran Sat May 16th, 2009 at 02:41:54 PM EST

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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sat May 16th, 2009 at 06:28:57 AM EST
Labour MPs who cheat on expenses will be deselected | Politics | The Guardian

Any Labour MP found to have made improper expenses claims will be ­automatically deselected and barred from standing at the next general election as the party desperately tries to overcome the constitutional crisis facing parliament.

The Guardian has learned that the ­radical proposal is expected to be agreed next week by Labour's national executive, a move that acknowledges the deep anger among voters to the escalating scandal over MPs' claims.

Gordon Brown has also given ministers a Monday night deadline to ensure their expenses claims for the past five years are lodged with the parliamentary authorities and ready for publication.

Any deselection would happen after the parliamentary commissioner for standards had ruled that an MP had been found clearly guilty of improperly claiming.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sat May 16th, 2009 at 06:33:34 AM EST
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More MPs named and shamed in expenses scandal | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - An MP from the Labour party has said there was an "unforgivable error" in his claim for thousands of pounds in expenses for a mortgage he had already repaid and he would refund the cash, a paper reported on Saturday.

On its ninth day of disclosures that have rocked the parliament and caused a wave of public anger, the Daily Telegraph said Labour MP David Chaytor is to pay back about 13,000 pounds of taxpayers' money.

Other details of receipts for the expenses of parliamentarians of other parties, published in its Saturday edition, included claims for expensive mirrors and a stereo.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sat May 16th, 2009 at 06:36:57 AM EST
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IPCC begins inquiry into Ian Tomlinson death during G20 protests | UK news | The Guardian

Senior police and press officers are under investigation after complaints they deliberately misled the public over the death of Ian Tomlinson during the G20 protests.

In a move that escalated the controversy around police involvement in Tomlinson's death last month, the Independent Police Complaints Commission announced today it had launched a new inquiry into "media handling" by the Metropolitan police and City of London police.

The announcement followed a complaint by Tomlinson's family last week about information released by police about his death. The investigation could result in disciplinary action for misconduct or criminal charges.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sat May 16th, 2009 at 06:36:24 AM EST
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The investigation could result in disciplinary action for misconduct or criminal charges.

but won't

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun May 17th, 2009 at 03:12:33 PM EST
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BBC: Thomas Becket paintings unveiled in Spain

For the first time in 30 years, wooden protective boards and a glass panel have been taken away to fully reveal a rare medieval artwork.

The paintings in the ruined church of St Nicolas in the Spanish town of Soria tell the story of the murder of the English Archbishop Thomas Becket.

The story of Becket is told in most British classrooms as part of medieval history lessons. He is remembered as the Archbishop of Canterbury who stood up to a king and for his trouble was murdered by the king's knights while he was praying.

The murder was to turn Becket into a saint. It was also one of the first big showdowns between the Roman Catholic Church and a European monarchy.

by Sassafras on Sat May 16th, 2009 at 09:47:06 AM EST
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Euronews.net: EC: Progress towards Polish shipyard solution

The European Commission has said there's been some progress towards saving Poland's Gdansk shipyard. Brussels has demanded the yards repay more than 2-billion euros in illegal state aid, raising the prospect of closure.
by Sassafras on Sat May 16th, 2009 at 11:21:57 AM EST
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Associated Press: EU budget chief is favorite in Lithuanian vote

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) -- The European Union's budget chief is strongly favored to win Lithuania's presidential election on Sunday, as crisis-weary voters seek relief from the Baltic nation's deepening economic gloom.

Lithuania -- along with neighbors Estonia and Latvia -- ranks among Europe's most depressed economies in the global downturn, and many voters hope EU Budget Commissioner and karate black-belt Dalia Grybauskaite can help the country rebound.

Even though economic polices are set by government, Grybauskaite's budgetary experience is seen as a big plus.

"They respect her as a professional in Europe, but we need Dalia more than Brussels now," said Janina Zukiene, a retiree in Vilnius, after casting an early ballot Thursday.

by Sassafras on Sat May 16th, 2009 at 11:39:37 AM EST
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France 24: Algerian ex-Guantanamo detainee arrives in France

Lakhdar Boumediene, the Algerian man who lent his name to the landmark Boumediene v. Bush US Supreme Court case, arrived in France Friday following his release from Guantanamo Bay, the French foreign ministry announced.

France agreed to accept Boumediene following his clearance for release in November by a US judge, who ruled that the Algerian man has been illegally detained.
by Sassafras on Sat May 16th, 2009 at 11:52:52 AM EST
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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sat May 16th, 2009 at 06:29:35 AM EST
Telegraph: BNP could be at heart of far-right EU group

Nick Griffin, the leader of the British National Party, is poised to become a key figure in the creation of a new far-right group in the European Parliament.

Fears are growing he will be at the centre of a wave of victories in next month's elections that would give nationalist parties a firm foothold in Europe.

Searchlight, the international anti-fascist magazine, has suggested they could pass the threshold of 25 MEPs from seven countries necessary to form a European Parliament grouping entitled to public funding worth up to £1 million per year.
by Sassafras on Sat May 16th, 2009 at 10:09:51 AM EST
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Timesonline: Postal workers refuse to deliver BNP leaflets

Postal workers are refusing to deliver British National Party election leaflets because they object to its "right-wing rubbish".

About 100 workers in the West Country have told union leaders that they will not carry the leaflets, which bear an anti-immigration message.

They have accused Royal Mail chiefs in Bristol and Somerset of "bullying", with one office allegedly threatening workers with dismissal if they do not comply.

The Communication Workers Union says that Royal Mail is breaking a "conscience clause" agreed four years ago that allows staff to refuse to deliver literature they find offensive.
by Sassafras on Sat May 16th, 2009 at 10:12:15 AM EST
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BBC: SNP European campaign kicks off

The SNP has launched its European election campaign with a pledge to protect Scottish jobs and boost economic recovery.

Party leader and Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond set out his stall at a renewable energy company in Edinburgh's Leith area.

He said his was the only party offering a strong voice for Scotland in Europe.

by Sassafras on Sat May 16th, 2009 at 10:46:36 AM EST
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BBC: Greens offer UK voters 'alternative'

The Green Party offers voters an alternative to parties which are "mired in sleaze", it has said at the launch of its Euro election campaign.

The party is promising to create a million new jobs in green industries...[as well as]...an £44bn investment programme to boost employment in sustainable industries.
by Sassafras on Sat May 16th, 2009 at 10:51:54 AM EST
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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sat May 16th, 2009 at 06:30:05 AM EST
FT.com / Companies / Banks - Regulator expects bank chiefs to lose jobs

A US regulator on Friday predicted that chief executives and directors of some of the banks that underwent the stress tests could lose their jobs, in another sign of the government's desire to have a say in the running of bailed-out companies.

Sheila Bair, chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, said the authorities could replace management and boards at some of the 10 banks that were ordered to add fresh capital after the tests.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sat May 16th, 2009 at 06:42:20 AM EST
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BBC NEWS | England | Workers call for action on jobs

Thousands of workers from across the UK are set to take part in a protest march in Birmingham to call on the government to "halt the jobs crisis".

The demonstration, organised by the Unite union, is part of a campaign to press ministers to do more to help manufacturers weather the recession.

Unite chose to hold the rally in Birmingham as almost one-in-10 people in the West Midlands is now unemployed.

Former head of employers' group the CBI, Lord Jones, will be taking part.

He will be joined by workers from firms hit by the recession, including steel giant Corus and car companies Vauxhall and Jaguar Land Rover, which has plants in Gaydon in Warwickshire, Castle Bromwich, Coventry and Solihull in the West Midlands and Halewood in Merseyside.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sat May 16th, 2009 at 06:44:43 AM EST
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Irritatingly short sighted and narrow minded of the unions...  Gender imbalance in terms of support going to those who have lost jobs or face redundancy, trying to bail out a weakened manufacturing industry rather than looking for green economy alternatives. So frustrating.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sat May 16th, 2009 at 06:46:50 AM EST
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Exactly, but theirs is the world of where vision or planning are rude words. We're running back to the 60s and 70s where Labour ruined the industrial future by locking us into legacy industries and practices that the rest of the world abandoned

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun May 17th, 2009 at 03:17:00 PM EST
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The Age: Fiat auto workers rally in Turin

Fiat auto workers fearing factory shutdowns rallied on Saturday in Turin near the company's headquarters.

Thousands of workers marched from the Mirafiori factory in the northern Italian city to near the headquarters, where union leaders gave speeches.

Among the marchers were many who came from Fiat assembly lines in southern Italy.

Fiat is making a turnaround but many workers fear that the Italian automaker's deal with Chrysler and its efforts to make an accord involving Opel could cost them jobs.

by Sassafras on Sat May 16th, 2009 at 11:02:20 AM EST
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Guardian: Guatemala police arrest Twitter user for 'inciting financial panic'

Police in Guatemala have arrested a Twitter user and confiscated his computer for "inciting financial panic" after he urged people to remove funds from a state-owned bank.

Jean Anleu Fernandez, 37, was handcuffed, fingerprinted and jailed for posting the 96-character message on the micro-blogging site earlier this week. It is thought to be the first such case in central America.

by Sassafras on Sat May 16th, 2009 at 08:59:41 AM EST
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Telegraph: Europe in deepest recession since War as Germany suffers

German economic policy is "bankrupt", economists have said.

The declaration was made as it emerged that Europe's biggest economy has now suffered a worse "lost decade" than Japan and is deeper in recession than any other major economy.

On a day of dismal news for the European economy, official figures also showed that Italy, Austria, Spain and the Netherlands are facing their biggest combined slump in post-war history, sparking warnings about the potential for social unrest throughout Europe.

[Torygraph Alert]

by Sassafras on Sat May 16th, 2009 at 09:41:44 AM EST
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thelocal.se: Swedish CEO 'lays himself off' rather than fire more workers

Mats Melbin had already let 25 employees go from Örnalp Unozon in January when he learned that an additional 35 employees would likely have to lose their jobs in order to cut costs.

The combined cuts would have cut the total number of employees at Örnalp Unozon in half.

But Melbin had had enough after the first round of job cuts, and opted instead to tender his own resignation, reports the Örnsköldsviks Allehanda newspaper.

"He advocated for a reduction in employees' working hours instead of giving them notice. He refused to fire any more people and carry out the decision of the parent company Vinovo," said the union steward to the newspaper

by Sassafras on Sat May 16th, 2009 at 11:48:18 AM EST
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They tried to assimilate me. They failed.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Sun May 17th, 2009 at 07:11:47 AM EST
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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sat May 16th, 2009 at 06:30:32 AM EST
India's Congress party heads for surprise election victory | World news | guardian.co.uk

India's ruling Congress party looked set to take an unexpectedly decisive general election victory as the 400 million-plus votes cast during the month-long election were counted this morning.

The party defied exit polls and analysts' predictions, which had indicated a much closer result. With more than 70% of the vote counted the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) was set to take more than 250 seats and the opposition alliance led by the Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) forecast to take 160.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sat May 16th, 2009 at 06:34:04 AM EST
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India Congress alliance heads for election victory | World | Reuters

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's left-of-centre coalition was heading for a second term after a clear victory in the general election, according to vote counting trends from the election commission.

Singh's Congress-led coalition, riding on the back of years of economic growth, did better than expected and will probably be only just short of an outright majority. That means it may find it easier to form a stable coalition with smaller parties.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sat May 16th, 2009 at 06:40:39 AM EST
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See also the diary by Far Easterner dated 16 May.
by Sassafras on Sat May 16th, 2009 at 08:48:36 AM EST
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Tamil Tigers' last retreat cut off as Sri Lankan army takes coastline | World news | guardian.co.uk

Sri Lankan forces said today they had taken control of the island's entire coastline, cutting off any sea escape for the Tamil Tigers amid growing international anger over attacks that have killed thousands.

The latest military advance appears to give the government full control of the coast for the first time in nearly a quarter of a century, leaving the rebels trapped along with tens of thousands of Tamil civilians in a tiny pocket of territory in the north-east.

The Sri Lankan president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, has vowed to defeat the remaining rebel fighters and end the 25-year-old civil war by the end of today.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sat May 16th, 2009 at 06:39:46 AM EST
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Sri Lanka seizes coast and tightens noose on Tigers | World | Reuters

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lankan troops on Saturday seized the entire coastline for the first time in a 25-year war with the Tamil Tigers, the military said, cutting off escape for separatist rebels now facing annihilation.

Two divisions marching from north and south sealed the coast, while a third completed the encirclement of the Tigers and their leaders, now trapped in barely a square kilometre (0.5 sq mile) of land without their umbilical access to the sea.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sat May 16th, 2009 at 06:41:50 AM EST
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FT.com / Americas / Society - Deserted Mexican hotels offer flu-free guarantees to lure visitors

Hotels in Mexico's coastal resort of Cancún, one of the world's most popular getaways, are adopting extreme measures as holidaymakers scramble to cancel bookings in the wake of the swine flu scare.

Visitors to one hotel, The Royal, are being offered a "flu-free guarantee": anyone who contracts the flu virus within 14 days of checking out gets three free annual holidays.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sat May 16th, 2009 at 06:42:50 AM EST
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Further proving that their target customers are morons.
by paving on Sat May 16th, 2009 at 09:07:41 PM EST
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Independent: Pakistan: Refugees' plight worsens in searing heat

The hundreds of thousands of refugees now pouring out of the mountainous Swat are used to cooler climes and clean air - but they are running straight into the perilous embrace of Pakistan's sweltering summer. Aid officials warn that the soaring temperatures are already taking a merciless toll on the refugees. Children in particular are falling victim to heat stroke and dehydration. And in such cramped conditions and with poor sanitation and little water, the heat makes it more likely that diseases will spread.

Already overstretched by the 900,000 people estimated by the UN to have fled from Swat and the surrounding areas of Buner and Lower Dir in the past three weeks, officials are bracing themselves for more. Yesterday thousands of refugees streamed from Swat after the military temporarily lifted a curfew, allowing residents to escape so that it can engage the militants in "street-to-street fighting".
by Sassafras on Sat May 16th, 2009 at 08:23:29 AM EST
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Al Jazeera: Pakistani forces raid Taliban bases

Pakistan's military has launched fresh attacks on suspected Taliban positions in the northwest of the country as thousands more civilians flee the conflict zone.

At least 47 suspected Taliban fighters have been killed in raids by Pakistani forces across the Northwest Frontier Province (NWFP) in the last 24 hours, the military said on Saturday.

The majority of those fleeing the fighting between the Taliban and the military in the NWFP are heading towards 23 refugee camps set up across the NWFP by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).

"By Friday evening, 987,140 people were registered as displaced since May 2," Ariane Rummery, a spokeswoman for UNRWA, said.

by Sassafras on Sat May 16th, 2009 at 08:38:26 AM EST
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allAfrica.com: Congo-Kinshasa: U.S. Congress Moving to Track 'Conflict Minerals'
Washington -- In an effort to stem the flow of money from mineral mines fueling the brutal civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the U.S. Senate is pushing ahead with new bipartisan legislation that would force U.S. companies to track and disclose the country of origin of minerals used in common electronic products.

Durbin, along with Senators Sam Brownback, Republican from Kansas, Russell Feingold, Democrat of Wisconsin, and Charles Schumer, Democrat of New York, are sponsoring the Congo Conflict Minerals Act that would require U.S. companies selling products using tin, tantalum or tungsten, to disclose the country of origin of the materials to the Securities and Exchange Commission.
by Sassafras on Sat May 16th, 2009 at 09:02:58 AM EST
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Reuters: North Korea: New Europe?

Finance ministers and other executives busy discussing the future of Eastern European transition economies at a European Bank for Reconstruction and Development meeting were reminded of a country far from Europe which needs aid to transform its economy.

"I strongly recommend North Korea as a next candidate to become a recipient country, once it decides to transform itself into a market economy," Young Geol Lee, vice minister of strategy and finance, said in a speech. "Please bear in mind that North Korea has great potentials as a future client of the EBRD."
by Sassafras on Sat May 16th, 2009 at 11:12:24 AM EST
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 Environment, Energy, Agriculture, Food 

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sat May 16th, 2009 at 06:31:13 AM EST
Tristram Hunt visits a small town in Belgium that has gone meat-free one day a week | Environment | The Guardian

For decades, environmental arguments against eating meat have been largely the preserve of vegetarian websites and magazines. Just two years ago it seemed inconceivable that significant numbers of western Europeans would be ready to down their steak knives and graze on vegetation for the sake of the planet. The rapidity with which this situation has changed is astonishing.

The breakthrough came in 2006 when the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) published a study, Livestock's Long Shadow, showing that the livestock industry is responsible for a staggering 18% of all anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. This is only the beginning of the story. In 2008, Brazil announced that in the 12 months to July it had lost 12,000 sq km (3m acres) of the Amazon rainforest, mainly to cattle ranchers and soy producers supplying European markets with animal feed. There is water scarcity in large parts of the world, yet livestock-rearing can use up to 200 times more water a kilogram (2.2lbs) of meat produced than is used in growing wheat. Given the volatile global food prices, it seems foolhardy to divert 1.2bn tonnes of fodder - including cereals - to fuel global meat consumption, which has increased by more than two and half times since 1970

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sat May 16th, 2009 at 06:38:07 AM EST
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Just wanted to post the same link:

well, in this case I post some links for vegetarian recipes for those who would like to give it a try.

international vegetarian

And for the more adventures one some gourmet raw food recipes:

from greenchefs, the also have fancy vegan non-raw recipes and
from the raw chef. :-)

by Fran on Sat May 16th, 2009 at 07:34:59 AM EST
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Tristram Stuart has written to ET to point out the Guardian's error in attributing this article to another historian, Tristram Hunt. The Guardian has since corrected the error.

This notice replaces a correction, since we can't edit comments.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Mon May 25th, 2009 at 02:05:10 AM EST
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Deutsche Welle: European countries sign gas pipeline deals with Russia

Russian natural gas monopoly Gazprom has reached deals with Italian, Bulgarian, Greek and Serbian energy companies to push its South Stream pipeline forward and double its capacity. The Kremlin-backed project is intended to deliver Russian natural gas to Europe, but the European Union isn't sure it's interested.

However, Russia has often been accused of using its gas reserves as a political weapon. European customers rely on Russia for one quarter of their natural gas. Tired of this dependence, the EU is looking to diversify its gas suppliers by backing the Nabucco pipeline, which would move gas westward from Central Asia, bypassing both Russia and Ukraine.
by Sassafras on Sat May 16th, 2009 at 09:16:33 AM EST
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The Age: El Nino fear as dams fall to new low

VICTORIA'S stressed water storages and rivers -- both at record lows -- could face a nightmarish year of severe drought as the odds firm of an El Nino weather event hitting Australia within months.

Such an event could force Melbourne onto stage 4 restrictions, with the Yarra River unable to bear further reductions in flows to support storages upstream.

by Sassafras on Sat May 16th, 2009 at 11:07:19 AM EST
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 Society, Culture, History, Information 

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sat May 16th, 2009 at 06:31:33 AM EST
NHS failure on Down's screening kills healthy babies | Society | guardian.co.uk

Scores of healthy foetuses die every year because most hospitals do not give ­pregnant women what the NHS says is the best test for Down's syndrome.

In an interview with the Guardian, Dr Anne Mackie, the head of NHS screening programmes, estimated 146 babies a year in England who do not have any abnormality are lost as a result of efforts to detect children with the genetic condition.

The death rate is higher than it should be because only one in three hospitals offer mothers-to-be the so-called combined test for Down's syndrome, Mackie said. It is the most accurate of the four methods the NHS uses to calculate a woman's chances of having a child with Down's. If every hospital provided the combined test, the total of what she called "normal babies lost" would be around 90.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sat May 16th, 2009 at 06:34:48 AM EST
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Tesco 'breaking promise' to South African fruit pickers | Business | guardian.co.uk

Anti-poverty campaigners have accused Tesco of breaking a pledge to improve the pay and working conditions of South African fruit pickers who have helped the retail giant to record annual profits of more than £3bn.

Three years ago the company agreed to look at the plight of the workers - predominantly women - who are at the bottom of Tesco's lengthy but highly profitable fruit supply chain, after embarrassing scrutiny of its overseas labour practices.

But interviews by the Guardian with female workers on Tesco supplier farms near Cape Town reveal they are still only being paid South Africa's "minimum" rather than a "living" wage - which they complain leaves them barely enough to feed and clothe their children. Those interviewed are receiving just 1,231 rand, equivalent to £97.90, per month.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sat May 16th, 2009 at 06:35:14 AM EST
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Next time, get it in writing
by paving on Sat May 16th, 2009 at 09:09:01 PM EST
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Horror and stresses of Iraq duty led US sergeant to kill comrades | World news | The Guardian

Everyone - the father, the son, the army - agrees that three tours of Iraq drove ­Sergeant John Russell to the edge.

But what pushed him over, into shooting dead five of his comrades in an army that was his life for 16 years, is a matter of bitter dispute.

The military has suggested that ­Russell's work cannibalising and rebuilding robots used to set off roadside bombs brought him into regular contact with gruesome casualties, and that took a toll that exploded at Camp Liberty in ­Baghdad this week.

The army says it recognised signs of trauma in the 44-year-old sergeant, who was just a few weeks from leaving Iraq, and dispatched him for psychological assessment at a military stress centre in Baghdad. Russell got into a fight there, grabbed a gun and shot two doctors and three other soldiers dead.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sat May 16th, 2009 at 06:35:52 AM EST
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BBC NEWS | World | Europe | Police break up Moscow gay march

Police in Russia have broken up a march by gay rights activists in Moscow, staged to coincide with the final of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Several dozen campaigners had gathered near a university in defiance of a ban and some were dragged away by police when they tried to shout slogans.

British gay rights activist, Peter Tatchell, was among those detained.

Earlier, a counter-demonstration by nationalist and religious groups was allowed to go ahead.

The gay rights group had been waving flags and chanting slogans demanding equal rights and condemning the treatment of gays and lesbians in Russia.

As he was being taken away by police, Mr Tatchell shouted: "This shows the Russian people are not free."

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sat May 16th, 2009 at 06:43:38 AM EST
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newsday.com: Uruguay lifts ban on gays joining the armed forces

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) -- Uruguay has lifted a ban on homosexuals joining the armed forces.

The decree signed by President Tabare Vazquez and Defense Minister Jose Bayardi lifts the ban imposed by the 1973-85 military dictatorship.

The decree was published Friday on the presidential Web site and states that sexual orientation will no longer be considered a reason to prevent people from entering the military.

by Sassafras on Sat May 16th, 2009 at 10:32:53 AM EST
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by Sassafras on Sat May 16th, 2009 at 09:52:42 AM EST
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BBC:Velcro petals help bees hang on

Have you ever marvelled at how a stalwart little bee clings on to a flower during a howling gale?

Researchers have now found the answer, and discovered that flowers have evolved to help it.

by Sassafras on Sat May 16th, 2009 at 10:28:09 AM EST
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BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Eurovision acts poised for final

The grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest takes place in Moscow later, with 25 countries aiming for glory.

The UK will be represented by Jade Ewen, who is singing Andrew Lloyd Webber's song It's My Time.

Norway's singer and violinist Alexander Rybak is the bookmakers' favourite to win, closely followed by Greece, Turkey, Azerbaijan and the UK.

Graham Norton will make his debut as commentator for the BBC, replacing Sir Terry Wogan, who bowed out last year.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sat May 16th, 2009 at 01:29:48 PM EST
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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sat May 16th, 2009 at 06:32:14 AM EST
BBC: Cathedral bells play 'anti-religion' song

The bells of Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral will ring out to the sounds of John Lennon's anti-religious anthem Imagine later.

A spokesman for the Anglican Cathedral said: "The cathedral feels this performance has inspired many to think about their relationship with God in their lives."

The bells are the highest and heaviest ringing peal bells in the world.
by Sassafras on Sat May 16th, 2009 at 09:09:56 AM EST
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Independent: Chinese sex park is 'for the public good'"

China is building its first sexually explicit theme park, and the giant genitalia sculptures and suggestive exhibits are getting many people hot and bothered in a country where talking about sex is still taboo.

Love Land is set to open in October in the south-western metropolis of Chongqing and will feature exhibitions about sexual history and how to use condoms properly. It will also host sex technique workshops, the China Daily newspaper said.

The park's manager, Lu Xiaoqing, said Love Land would help people "enjoy a harmonious sex life".

"We are building the park for the good of the public," Mr Lu said. "Sex is a taboo subject in China but people really need to have more access to information about it."

by Sassafras on Sat May 16th, 2009 at 09:59:36 AM EST
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