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European Salon de News, Discussion et Klatsch - 7 June

by Fran Sat Jun 6th, 2009 at 02:42:13 PM EST

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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Jun 6th, 2009 at 11:02:40 AM EST
BBC NEWS | World | Europe | Leaders' tribute to D-Day heroes

Allied leaders have been paying tribute to veterans of D-Day, as they mark the 65th anniversary of the landings at a series of events in Normandy.

US President Barack Obama said the bravery and selflessness of a few changed the course of a whole century.

He was speaking alongside French, Canadian and UK leaders at the American cemetery near Omaha Beach, scene of fierce fighting on 6 June 1944.

The Allies suffered 215,000 casualties on D-Day and in the Normandy campaign.

Germany suffered similar losses as the Allies fought desperately up the beaches and into the French countryside to form a bridgehead.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sat Jun 6th, 2009 at 11:34:07 AM EST
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BBC NEWS | Northern Ireland | Irish government hit in polls

The Republic of Ireland's governing party has had a big drop in support in the local elections and two Dublin by-elections, according to exit polls.

It is Brian Cowen's first poll since he became PM and Fianna Fail leader.

An exit poll conducted by broadcaster RTE indicated FF will get 24% of the vote - eight points lower than in 2004.

In the Dublin South by election, Fine Gael's George Lee, a former RTE economics editor, topped the poll with 53.4% of the first preference vote.

He said that it was "only a matter of time until there is a change in government".

His party leader Enda Kenny said that it had been a historic day for his party with its largest share of the vote since 1932.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sat Jun 6th, 2009 at 11:34:42 AM EST
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BBC NEWS | UK | Mother's horror at Kercher murder

The mother of murdered exchange student Meredith Kercher has said she will never get over the shock and brutality of her daughter's death.

Arline Kercher, 63, told an Italian court she desperately missed and "still looked for" the 21-year-old.

Prosecutors say Ms Kercher, from Coulsdon, Surrey, was killed in a violent sex attack in Perugia in 2007.

Italian Raffaele Sollecito, 24, and his ex-girlfriend, American Amanda Knox, 21, deny murder.

Mrs Kercher, who was accompanied by her husband John, described her daughter as a "conscientious" student

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sat Jun 6th, 2009 at 11:35:20 AM EST
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Gordon Brown supporters warn rebels against leadership challenge | Politics | guardian.co.uk

Gordon Brown's supporters today warned would-be rebels that the Labour party was in no mood for a leadership challenge, as they sought to rally around the beleaguered prime minister.

Brown, who was in Normandy for the 65th anniversary commemorations of the D-Day landings, reiterated his determination to carry on with the job, despite a fracturing of his authority and backbench calls for him to go.

"In these unprecedented times you are bound to have ups and downs in politics," he told reporters in France. "But you have got to stick with the policies and make sure that they come through."

But a new poll of Labour activists brought further bad news for the prime minister, revealing that fewer than half of all party supporters want him to lead them into the next general election, with one in five urging him to quit now.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sat Jun 6th, 2009 at 11:38:59 AM EST
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Sweeping losses as Labour suffers voters' brutal verdict | Politics | The Guardian

Voters delivered a brutal verdict to Labour yesterday, as the party lost control of all its remaining ­English county councils in Thursday's voting.

Staffordshire, Derbyshire and ­Nottinghamshire fell out of Labour's hands for the first time in 28 years, and Lancashire for the first time since 1989 - all to the Tories.

With 32 of the 34 local authority results declared, the Conservatives had control of 28 councils, and had won an additional 230 seats and nine more councils, including Devon and Somerset from the Liberal Democrats, and the previously hung Wiltshire and Warwickshire.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sat Jun 6th, 2009 at 11:39:37 AM EST
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Prince Charles and Gordon Brown remember D-day in France | World news | guardian.co.uk

Prince Charles and Gordon Brown joined the US president, Barack Obama, and his French counterpart, Nicolas Sarkozy, in Normandy today to mark the 65th anniversary of the D-day landings in the second world war.

They gathered at a remembrance service amid the graves of thousands of US servicemen in Colleville-sur-Mer, France.

Brown put aside the political turmoil of a chaotic cabinet reshuffle and spate of resignations to represent Britain's role in ensuring 6 June 1944 became the greatest military victory in history.

France has been heavily criticised for its Franco-American focus of the 65th anniversary, overshadowing the important role played by British and Canadian forces.

The prince's last-minute visit was hastily arranged following claims that the Queen had been snubbed by the French.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sat Jun 6th, 2009 at 11:49:32 AM EST
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6 June 1944 became the greatest military victory in history.

In whose history?

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Sun Jun 7th, 2009 at 04:45:35 AM EST
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In the history of the rapidly crumbling United States Empire.  When you're on your deathbed it's nice to have pleasant memories, regardless of their accuracy.

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Sun Jun 7th, 2009 at 08:02:12 AM EST
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GERMANY: Conflict Builds Up With Obama Over Afghanistan
BERLIN, Jun 4 (IPS) - When U.S. President Barack Obama visits Germany this Thursday and Friday, he is likely to get a reception as warm as the demonstration of sympathy he enjoyed in July last year. And yet, Obama's high standing among Germans is likely to fall if he asks the German government to send more military personnel to Afghanistan.

In July 2007, hundreds of thousands of Germans attended Obama's open-air speech in Berlin - when he was running to represent the U.S. Democratic Party at the presidential elections.

That kind of support continues. According to an opinion poll conducted in April and May among about 1,000 adults by the group World Public Opinion, 89 percent Germans said they have confidence in Obama "doing the right thing in world affairs."

But, according to the poll, this confidence falls over U.S. military policies in Afghanistan and elsewhere.

WPO is a research group managed by the Programme on International Policy Attitudes at the University of Maryland in the U.S. The group aims "to give voice to public opinion around the world on international issues."

The poll finds that more than half of Germans (54 percent) disapprove of the recent increase of U.S. troops in Afghanistan ordered by Obama's government. Two-thirds think "the U.S. uses the threat of military force to gain advantage."
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Jun 6th, 2009 at 11:50:07 AM EST
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BBC NEWS | England | South Yorkshire | Mayor vows to cut Gay Pride funds

The newly-elected mayor of Doncaster has threatened to cut funding to the town's Gay Pride event as part of his pledge to fight political correctness.

Peter Davies, of the English Democrats, said: "My policy on gays and lesbians is very simple.

"I don't think councils should be spending money on them parading through town advertising their sexuality."

Who are the English democrats? Urgh.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sat Jun 6th, 2009 at 11:55:08 AM EST
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I'm not sure which is the bigger joke these days, England or Italy.  Hope the disease doesn't spread.

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Sat Jun 6th, 2009 at 04:38:20 PM EST
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Who are the English democrats? Urgh.

Anti Europe English devolutionists.

by IdiotSavant on Sat Jun 6th, 2009 at 09:09:02 PM EST
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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Jun 6th, 2009 at 11:03:19 AM EST
Anxious moments for EU leaders as sceptic Irish and Czechs vote | Politics | The Guardian

Ireland and the Czech Republic, the two biggest obstacles to reform of the EU's Lisbon treaty, went to the polls today on the second day of the four-day election marathon for the European parliament.

With Václav Klaus, the Czech president, climate change denier and Europhobe, urging Czechs to cast a vote against Brussels, European leaders were anxiously watching to see if either of the two ­countries would copy the anti-EU triumph in the Netherlands of Geert Wilders, the anti-immigration populist.

Wilders' Freedom party shook the Dutch political establishment in the first of the 27 elections for the European parliament yesterday by coming second with 17% of the ballot, almost tripling his vote from Dutch general elections in 2006.

"A breakthrough," he called it today, attacking the traditional parties for trying to erect what he called a "cordon sanitaire" around him.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sat Jun 6th, 2009 at 11:50:39 AM EST
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EurActiv.com - French liberals rebel against Barroso | EU - European Information on EU Elections 09
The French Liberals will not vote for the re-appointment of José Manuel Barroso as president of the next European Commission, their leader François Bayrou announced on a talkshow yesterday (4 June).

Speaking during a pre-electoral debate on French public television station France 2, the president of the liberal MoDem party, François Bayrou, said his party would oppose the re-appointment of Barroso, which needs the endorsement of the European Parliament.

Bayrou was in tune with European Greens co-president Daniel Cohn-Bendit, who long ago launched a 'Stop Barroso' campaign (EurActiv 30/03/09) . He also struck similar chords with Socialist leader Martine Aubry, also present at the debate, who has campaigned in past months to see Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, the former Danish prime minister and current president of the Party of European Socialists (PES), to succeed Barroso.

Aubry explained that the PES had not come up with an alternative candidate so far because Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Zapatero had insisted that he would back Barroso out of Iberian solidarity, amid fears that the EPP would otherwise come up with "some Berlusconi friend". According to recent polls, Berlusconi would possibly send the largest national group to the European People's Party (EPP), expected to be the largest group in the next European Parliament.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Jun 6th, 2009 at 11:53:17 AM EST
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Transnational devotion - European Elections : europa, europe | euronews

Who goes to the trouble of campaigning across Europe in its parliamentary elections? Danish liberal MEP Johannes Lebech is one of the rare few -- by train and as far as his feet will carry him.

Lebech said: "This European campaign I'm making is first of all to underline that the European election is not 27 national elections, but a European election and that's why I'm travelling all around Europe."

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Jun 6th, 2009 at 12:00:00 PM EST
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The European Citizen: European Elections 2009: Polling Day 2
The European elections have opened up in Ireland and for the first day in the Czech Republic.

[Edit: I'll add in a small "contents" for this post, considering it's size].

- Ireland.
- Czech Republic.
- UK.
- Northern Ireland.


In Ireland, where there are local as well as European elections (and 2 by-elections), turnout is looking to be pretty healthy on early indications. Politically, I don't think there's much to add since Wednesday/Thursday and on the news I've commented on before then.

It still looks like 2-3 seats at the most will change hands, with Dublin the closest battle ground - Eoin Ryan (FF/ELDR), Mary Lou McDonald (Sinn Féin/GUE-NGL)and Joe Higgins (Socialist Party/Non-Aligned) have been very close in the polls. It will be interesting to see if the interventions by politicians on possible alliances and how to transfer will have much effect on the third seat race there.
by Fran on Sat Jun 6th, 2009 at 03:59:35 PM EST
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Watching the eurosceptics | Presseurop

Opponents of the Lisbon Treaty, anti-capitalists, far-right extremists - dissenting parties may well be the major winners in the European elections, but what weight will they carry in the future parliament? wonders the European press.

Analysis of polls and results of the vote in the Netherlands suggest that Eurosceptics will be more numerous in the next parliament. As Polish daily Dziennik reports, the prospective alliance between British Conservatives, the Polish Law and Justice party and the Czech ODS has supporters of the Lisbon Treaty breaking out in a cold sweat, especially since this group may become the second largest force in Parliament, with the added anxiety that it will possibly benefit from the support of a extreme-right group led by Jean-Marie Le Pen and the Netherlands' Geert Wilders. If the Eurosceptics win enough votes, worries Dziennik, the European Union will have to postpone projects for common diplomatic initiatives, and plans to appoint a President of the European Union and a High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

Not all Eurosceptics are extremists, however, though extremists may be well be major winners in the current elections. German weekly Die Zeit reports that at least 12 extreme-right parties are expected to send representatives to Brussels and Strasbourg. "The extreme-right has now established a powerful network in Europe," it claims, and traditional parties have been unable to devise a strategy to oppose them. "All too often, democratic parties avoid taking these groups to task in constructive debate, but simply tolerate them with a condescending smile," says political analyst Britta Schellenberg. They tend "to respond on a strictly local level instead of reasoning in terms of Europe."

by Fran on Sat Jun 6th, 2009 at 04:07:45 PM EST
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I will probably be at a local valvaka - party will waiting for results - tonight so I figured I'll post two tools for the swedish result:

Background by moi. And results by the swedish election authority as polling stations get their counting done, first results by 22:00.

Sweden's finest (and perhaps only) collaborative, leftist e-newspaper Synapze.se

by A swedish kind of death on Sun Jun 7th, 2009 at 03:48:22 AM EST
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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Jun 6th, 2009 at 11:04:06 AM EST
Fed to bond market: We get it | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Policy-makers at the U.S. Federal Reserve stepped up their anti-inflation rhetoric this week after a bond market sell-off delivered a sharp reminder that they ignore investors at their peril.

Extreme bond market volatility reflects uncertainty over the inflationary impact of aggressive Fed action to defeat the severe U.S. recession, and could cool the central bank toward further efforts to lift growth by buying up U.S. Treasuries.

Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke tried to placate concerns that the central bank will tolerate higher prices to ensure recovery, while a couple of regional Fed bank chiefs called for an exit strategy from so-called quantitative easing.

"This is a day of reckoning that the Fed would have hoped (would come) a year or two from now," said Gregory Hess, an economics professor at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California. "They have done big things and now they face the consequences."

The Fed has more than doubled its balance sheet to $2 trillion and has promised to purchase $1.75 trillion of mortgage-related debt and longer-term U.S. Treasuries in a bid to drive down private borrowing costs and battle recession.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Jun 6th, 2009 at 11:32:27 AM EST
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Reality check for U.S. bond binge
Tom Petruno, LA Times

Here is the way it was supposed to work: Uncle Sam would borrow and spend trillions of dollars to save the economy and the financial system, but interest rates would stay near rock-bottom and nobody would worry about the potential side effects of all that spending -- like, say, inflation or a devalued dollar.

Things aren't proceeding quite according to plan. The investors who are supposed to buy all of that new Treasury debt are rebelling, driving interest rates up. That's exactly what the housing market doesn't need. The average 30-year mortgage rate rose to a six-month high of 5.29% this week from 4.91% the previous week, according to Freddie Mac.

And that was before Friday's big jump in Treasury bond yields, which are the benchmarks for many other interest rates, including home loan rates and municipal bond yields. The 10-year Treasury note yield rocketed to 3.86%, up from 3.71% on Thursday and the highest since November.


But it's the trend that's important here, and the broader implications. Even as Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke was on Capitol Hill this week warning that the U.S. risks borrowing its way into yet another crisis, Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner was in China trying to assure the largest foreign owner of Treasury bonds that its investment was safe. Yet with every tick higher in market yields, the value of China's $770 billion in Treasury holdings erodes.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sun Jun 7th, 2009 at 12:11:06 AM EST
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Reality check for U.S. bond binge

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sun Jun 7th, 2009 at 12:13:26 AM EST
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World news Feed Article | World news | guardian.co.uk

The Associated Press= A summary of developments in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases of General Motors Corp. and Chrysler LLC:


WHERE DOES IT STAND?: Wednesday marked Detroit-based GM's third day under court protection.

On Monday, U.S. Judge Robert Gerber, who is overseeing the case, approved the automaker's first-day motions, allowing the company to continue its normal business operations while under bankruptcy protection.

Gerber also approved GM's access to $15 billion in government-provided bankruptcy protection financing to fund its operations for the next few weeks.

GM took a key step toward its downsizing Tuesday, striking a tentative deal to sell its Hummer brand to a Chinese manufacturer, while also revealing that it has potential buyers for its Saturn and Saab brands.

WHAT'S NEXT?: GM's next major hearing is scheduled for June 25, when it will ask for final approval of its full $33.3 billion in debtor-in-possesion financing. A hearing on the proposed sale of the bulk of GM's assets to a new company is scheduled for June 30.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sat Jun 6th, 2009 at 11:48:53 AM EST
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Iceland to reimburse UK for £2.3bn paid to Icesave customers | Business | guardian.co.uk

The British government has secured an agreement from Icelandic authorities that they will repay the £2.3bn compensation it has paid to UK depositors in the failed Icesave bank, the Treasury said today.

Under the terms of the agreement, the money paid out by the UK government will be treated as a loan to the Icelandic Financial Compensation Scheme, which will be repaid over 15 years.

The deal was announced in a joint statement by the governments of Iceland, Britain and the Netherlands, which has struck a similar agreement with the authorities in Reykjavik.

There will be an initial seven-year "period of grace" in which payments will be made only from the UK assets of the Icesave's parent bank, Landsbanki, which the government froze after the collapse of the Icelandic banks last October.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sat Jun 6th, 2009 at 11:49:59 AM EST
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No Bottom in Housing
 Barron's Alan Abelson
While payrolls slid by 345,000, much below the consensus guess, it was the usual hokey number, getting a lift from the wonderful birth/death model, which somehow summoned up 220,000 jobs and did so, magically, out of thin air.

The harsh truth is that, using the regular payroll data, a rather formidable 14.5 million people are out of work. Moreover, if we look at the category we feel gives a more accurate picture -- the so-called U-6 tally -- which includes people too discouraged to keep looking for a job and those working part-time because they can't find full-time slots, the unemployment rate shot up to a new high of 16.4%. That means that something around 25 million folks are effectively on the dole. Ugh!

....We find ourselves clinging to the notion -- in the face of the mounting insistence in Wall Street, Washington and other seamy precincts that less bad is the equivalent of good -- that the impaired economy is still a long way from anything worthy of being called a recovery. And what's more, it will stay in that sorry state until housing, whose collapse triggered the chain reaction that threatened to all but demolish the economy, pulls itself up from the depths.

Abelson notes that the foreclosure moratorium by Fanny and Freddie has been lifted and that these agencies are working to save those that can be saved, but that there will be a new surge in foreclosures later this year, just what the market needs.

Tilson and Tongue don't see housing bottoming until the middle of next year, and the recovery, they suggest, will be conspicuous by its lack of vigor.

One of the scarier charts in the report -- but which, we think, brings into jarring focus mortgage credit's current perilous condition -- lists how much each of the various types of loans is severely underwater. To wit: 73% of option ARMs, 50% of subprime, 45% of Alt-A and 25% of prime mortgages are in that uncomfortable category.

T2 posits five waves of losses, two of which have crested, while the remaining three have yet to peak. In the first two waves, the losses of which appear largely behind us, the chief causes of distress were rooted in fraud, feckless speculation and payment shock induced by mortgage resets.

The last three waves, the big losses of which have still to come, include prime loans (mostly owned or guaranteed by Fannie and Freddie); jumbo primes, second liens and home-equity lines of credit (most of these are on banks' books), and loans outside housing, notably the tidy $3.5 trillion of commercial real estate.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat Jun 6th, 2009 at 11:39:42 PM EST
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Parting shot

AP last week (reported) that Mr. Geithner, who has a house in a posh part of Westchester County in New York, has been unable to sell it, even though he cut the price below the $1.602 million he paid for it in 2004.

Since he has new digs in Washington, but has to shell out $27,000 a year in property taxes, plus the payments on $1.2 million in two mortgages on his old home, he likely figured if he sold it, at the very least he could begin to have a decent lunch instead of the baloney sandwich his missus has been preparing for him to haul to the office.

He was able to rent out the five-bedroom Westchester Tudor for a mere $7,500 a month, but we're afraid, given his mortgage payments and all, he'll probably still have to make do with baloney for quite a spell. Oh, and don't be surprised if the administration unveils a new program to aid those deserving upper-end homeowners whose suffering has gone largely unremarked.

Baloney sandwiches could partly explain the perpetually dyspeptic look Geithner wears.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat Jun 6th, 2009 at 11:50:46 PM EST
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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Jun 6th, 2009 at 11:04:35 AM EST
BBC NEWS | World | Americas | Lost plane 'sent 24 error alerts'

The Air France jet which went missing over the Atlantic sent 24 error messages minutes before it crashed, French investigators say.

Investigators also said the plane's autopilot was not on, though they do not know if it had been switched off or was not working.

Weather experts said there was no evidence storms the plane encountered were "exceptional" for the season.

The Airbus A330 vanished en-route from Rio de Janeiro to Paris on Monday.

Officials do not know what triggered the plane's problems, but it was flying through an area of thunder storms and turbulence.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sat Jun 6th, 2009 at 11:27:25 AM EST
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Air France plane sent 24 error messages before crash | World news | guardian.co.uk

The Air France jet that crashed last week into the Atlantic carrying 228 passengers and crew, transmitted 24 error messages, including that the autopilot had been disengaged minutes before it disappeared.

In the Airbus A330's last minutes, automated radio transmissions logged a catalogue of failures, beginning with the disengagement of the autopilot and ending with a drastic drop in the pressure difference between the inside and outside of the plane, consistent with either the breakup of the aircraft or a rapid descent.

As investigators continued to search for wreckage from the worst aviation disaster in a decade, the focus of the inquiry appeared to be upon the reliability of an air-speed sensor called the Pitot tubes. Air France had ordered that they be upgraded more than a year ago but the work had apparently not been carried out on the stricken plane.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sat Jun 6th, 2009 at 11:40:04 AM EST
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EuroCockpit EuroCockpit
L'analyse des messages ACARS envoyés par l'A330 en perdition devrait permettre au BEA de "remonter" vers la panne. Il s'agirait donc de partir de la fin pour remonter, pourquoi pas, vers l'orage ou le système convectif ayant mis à mal l'avion.Analysis of the ACARS messages sent by the A330 in distress should enable BEA [the investigating body] to "work back" to the breakdown. It would work from the end to get back to the storm or the convection system that harmed the aircraft.
Mais juste avant l'orage et ses courants verticaux ascensionnels puissants, on pourra s'arrêter fort utilement à la source de pression totale, qui est constituée - en simplifiant - par 3 tubes Pitot.But just before the storm and its strong upward vertical currents, it would be very helpful to stop at the source of total pressure, which is constituted - to simplify - by 3 Pitot tubes.
En effet, pour mesurer la vitesse de déplacement dans l'air, et ce depuis qu'Henri Pitot l'a inventé pour les bateaux en 1732, on n'a pas trouvé mieux que de disposer un tube le long de la carlingue, à l'avant, dans lequel l'air s'engouffre. En mesurant la pression de l'air dans le tube, on peut en déduire une vitesse par rapport à la masse d'air dans laquelle l'avion évolue.Indeed, to measure the speed of movement through the air, since Henri Pitot invented this for boats in 1732, nothing has been found better than having a tube along the fuselage, at the front, into which air rushes. By measuring the air pressure in the tube, it's possible to determine a speed in relation to the mass of air in which the aircraft is advancing.
Cette technologie éprouvée a été améliorée par une forme de redondance (3 Pitot indépendants sur A330) mais aucun miracle technologique n'a été mis en place pour remplacer ces petits orifices capricieux, dont le trou mesure quelques millimètres carrés, et qui parfois se bouchent, se remplissent d'eau, givrent, etc.This proven technology has been improved by a sort of redundancy (3 separate Pitot tubes on the A330), but no miracle technology has been implemented to replace these small and capricious orifices, of which the hole is only a few square millimetres, and that sometimes clog up, are filled with water, freeze over, etc..
Quand on lit attentivement la communication Airbus ci-dessous, on peut se demander quelle est la panne qui pourrait conduire à la nécessité d'appliquer les pages 2.21 à 2.23B du QRH (manuel de vol).When we read the Airbus communication below carefully, we may wonder what kind of breakdown could lead to the need to apply pages 2.21 to 2.23B of the Aircraft Flight Manual.
Airbus dit : au simulateur, côté instructeur, il faut programmer la séquence suivante:
  • PITOT BLOCKED on F/O side
  • ADR 3 Fault 
  • then ADR1 Fault
Traduire par Pitot droit en panne, calculateur des références air n° 3 en panne puis n° 1 en panne. Comprendre qu'il devient délicat de piloter un avion sans références... de nuit, dans les turbulences.
Airbus says: you need to program the simulator, on the instructor side, with the following sequence:
  • PITOT BLOCKED on F /O side
  • ADR 3 Fault
  • then ADR1 Fault

Translate by Pitot right failure, N° 3 air references calculator down, then N° 1 down. The reading of this is that it gets tricky to fly a plane without references... at night, in turbulence.
  On le voit, pour se retrouver dans une séquence concernée par le message Airbus, et qui par le plus grand des hasards conduirait l'équipage à perdre les équipements, comme les messages ACARS le laissent entendre, nul besoin de la foudre ou de l'orage recherchés par le BEA. Un ou plusieurs Pitot bloqués, et le résultat est le même.  It's clear, to find oneself in a sequence of the kind referenced by the Airbus message, and which by the greatest mischance would lead the crew to lose the controls, as the ACARS messages suggest, no need of lightning or the storm sought by the BEA. One or more blocked-up Pitots, and you get the same result.
Or, selon nos informations, les Pitot installés sur l'avion ayant effectué le vol AF447 sont d'un modèle connu pour sa sensibilité au givrage. A tel point que certaines compagnies ont décidé de les changer...   However, according to the information we have received, the Pitots installed on the aircraft of the flight AF447 are of a type known for its tendency to ice up. So much so that some companies have decided to change them...
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Jun 6th, 2009 at 12:47:24 PM EST
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Bodies found from Air France jet - Yahoo! News UK

Search crews have found two bodies believed to be from the missing Air France flight which disappeared over the Atlantic with five Britons on board, Brazil's air force have said.

All 228 people on board, including 12 crew, a baby and seven children, are thought to have perished in the world's worst aviation disaster since 2001.

The discovery comes on the day French investigators said the communications system on flight AF 447, which was en route from Rio de Janeiro to Paris last Sunday, transmitted 24 error messages ahead of the flight's disappearance and its autopilot was not working.

Colonel Jorge Amaral, a spokesman for the Brazilian air force, said two male bodies were recovered from an area where the jet is believed to have crashed.

They were picked up roughly 400 miles northeast of the Fernando de Noronha islands off Brazil's northern coast, he said. He added that a suitcase containing a plane ticket for the flight was also found.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sat Jun 6th, 2009 at 03:41:15 PM EST
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BBC NEWS | World | Africa | Bissau military kills politicians

A presidential candidate and a former defence minister have been shot dead by soldiers in Guinea-Bissau who accused them of plotting a coup.

Baciro Dabo, a minister and a contender in the election due to be held this month, was killed at his home.

The authorities say he resisted arrest but allies insist he was asleep with his wife when he was shot.

Former Defence Minister Helder Proenca and two of his guards were also killed in the unstable West African country.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sat Jun 6th, 2009 at 11:27:53 AM EST
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BBC NEWS | World | Americas | Peruvian police captives killed

Nine Peruvian police officers seized by indigenous protesters in Bagua have been killed during a rescue bid which freed 22 others, officials say.

A further seven were still missing after the military moved to free them from protesters angry at plans to drill for oil and gas on ancestral land.

The hostages were taken on Friday during clashes which left at least 22 tribesmen and 11 policemen dead.

It was not immediately clear how the new deaths occurred.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sat Jun 6th, 2009 at 11:28:20 AM EST
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BBC NEWS | World | Asia-Pacific | No 'reward' for N Korea, US vows

North Korea's recent actions were "extraordinarily provocative" and the US does not mean to "reward" them, President Barack Obama has said.

Mr Obama was referring to North Korea's latest nuclear and missile tests.

"We are going to take a very hard look at how we move forward on these issues," he said.

The UN Security Council is discussing tightening sanctions against Pyongyang, which is believed to be planning a long-range missile test this month.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sat Jun 6th, 2009 at 11:33:26 AM EST
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BBC NEWS | World | Asia-Pacific | Philippines captures 'rebel base'

Troops in the Philippines have seized a separatist camp and killed 30 rebels on Mindanao island, the military says.

The army said its soldiers found large caches of weapons and ammunition when they entered the base at the end of days of fighting.

However, the rebels of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) are reported to have denied the military's claims.

Hundreds have died and many thousands have been displaced on Mindanao since peace talks foundered in August 2008.

The military spokesman, Lt Gen Jonathan Ponce, said bodies were found inside concrete bunkers near the town of Guindulungan which he described as a "bomb factory".

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sat Jun 6th, 2009 at 11:33:48 AM EST
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BBC NEWS | World | Middle East | Campaigns end in key Lebanon vote

Campaigning has ended in Lebanon, a day ahead of Sunday's crucial election that pits the ruling Western-backed coalition against a Hezbollah-led bloc.

Analysts predict a close result between the US-backed 14 March alliance, which has a small majority in parliament, and its rivals, backed by Syria and Iran.

Thousands of Lebanese expatriates have flown home to vote.

Some 50,000 security personnel have been deployed to prevent violence, although none has been reported so far.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sat Jun 6th, 2009 at 11:35:40 AM EST
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BBC NEWS | World | South Asia | Rebels 'kill Pakistan Islamists'

Two detained aides to radical cleric Sufi Mohammad have been killed during a militant ambush in Pakistan's Swat valley, the country's military says.

The pair, arrested on Friday, died when rebels attacked a convoy transporting prisoners to Peshawar, officials said.

The men - Muhammad Alam and Ameer Izzat Khan - were senior aides to Sufi Mohammed, the father-in-law of the Taliban leader in the Swat valley.

The army said one soldier was also killed in the attack.

Military officials said suspected Taliban rebels ambushed the prisoner convoy en route to Peshawar early on Saturday.

There was a gun battle between rebels and security forces, with at least one report suggesting the convoy was hit by a roadside bomb.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sat Jun 6th, 2009 at 11:36:24 AM EST
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BBC NEWS | World | South Asia | Blast at Islamabad police station

At least one person has died in a blast at a police building in the Pakistani capital Islamabad, reports say.

The explosion comes just a day after a bomb attack on a mosque in North-West Pakistan, in which 38 people died.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sat Jun 6th, 2009 at 11:36:49 AM EST
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All of the breaking news seems to be about bombs, deaths and extremist violence.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sat Jun 6th, 2009 at 11:37:23 AM EST
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In other words, business as usual for the human species.

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Sat Jun 6th, 2009 at 04:47:17 PM EST
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Suicide Bomb Attack On Islamabad Police Station | World News | Sky News

Senior police official Bin Yameen said three other people have been injured.

One is said to be in a serious condition.

The bomber detonated his device in the building's courtyard after being shot by officers as he ran towards them.

The attack occured at 8.30pm local time. The police station housed an emergency call centre.

"It was a suicide attack," said police officer Ihsan Ullah.

"A man walked up to a police helpline centre, the security tried to stop him but he exploded himself, killing one and injuring three others."

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sat Jun 6th, 2009 at 12:11:58 PM EST
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Is Pakistan turning into Iraq?

The brainless should not be in banking. — Willem Buitler
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Jun 6th, 2009 at 12:14:46 PM EST
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 Environment, Energy, Agriculture, Food 

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Jun 6th, 2009 at 11:05:19 AM EST
CLIMATE CHANGE: Bolster Natural Carbon Absorption, Says UN
MEXICO CITY, Jun 5 (IPS) - Expanding the capacity of natural areas for capturing and storing carbon is one of the keys to curbing climate change, and would be a relatively low-cost solution that would also improve the quality of life of millions of farmers, the United Nations said Friday.

More attention must be paid to natural carbon absorption, along with cutting greenhouse gases caused by humans, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) stated in a report released to coincide with World Environment Day, which was globally hosted by Mexico.

The report, `The Natural Fix? The Role of Ecosystems in Climate Mitigation', calls for the adoption of a "comprehensive policy framework" on management of carbon - the main greenhouse gas - which would include the conservation and restoration of ecosystems and the management of grasslands and agricultural areas.

"Safeguarding and restoring carbon in three systems - forests, peatlands and agriculture - might over the coming decades reduce well over 50 gigatonnes (50 billion tonnes) of carbon emissions that would otherwise enter the atmosphere: others like grasslands and coastal ones such as mangroves are capable of playing their part too," UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner says in the preface to the report.

Slowing the rate of greenhouse gas emissions "will be impossible without addressing carbon losses from ecosystems such as forests and peatlands. Managing ecosystems for carbon can not only reduce carbon emissions; it can also actively remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere," says the 68-page report.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Jun 6th, 2009 at 11:39:20 AM EST
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The report is here, and maps and charts from it here.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Jun 6th, 2009 at 11:44:13 AM EST
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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sat Jun 6th, 2009 at 11:44:16 AM EST
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World news Feed Article | World news | guardian.co.uk

Associated Press Writer= WASHINGTON (AP) — Thomas Alva Edison, meet the Internet.

More than a century after Edison invented a reliable light bulb, the nation's electricity distribution system, an aging spider web of power lines, is poised to move into the digital age.

The "smart grid" has become the buzz of the electric power industry, at the White House and among members of Congress. President Barack Obama says it's essential to boost development wind and solar power, get people to use less energy and tackle climate change.

What smart grid visionaries see coming are home thermostats and individual appliances that adjust automatically based on the cost of power, and water heaters that can draw power from a neighbor's rooftop solar panel. They see a time when, on a scorching hot day, a plug-in hybrid electric car charges one minute and a few moments later sends electricity back into the grid to help avert a brownout.

Also coming are utilities that get instant feedback on a transformer outage or shift easily among energy sources from wind turbines to coal-burning power plants and back to the turbines when the wind begins to blow again.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sat Jun 6th, 2009 at 11:48:07 AM EST
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 Society, Culture, History, Information 

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Jun 6th, 2009 at 11:05:52 AM EST
CHILE: Goodbye to the Gender Wage Gap?
SANTIAGO, Jun 6 (IPS) - Gabriela, 32, is delighted with Chile's new law establishing equal wages for men and women doing the same work. But the discrimination she has experienced in the workplace makes her wary of premature optimism.

On May 20, the Chilean parliament unanimously approved the law to close the wage gap, introducing the principle of equal remuneration for men and women into the Labour Code.

The following day, in her traditional state of the nation speech to Congress, socialist President Michelle Bachelet praised lawmakers for passing the law.

"The law on the wage gap will promote something that is deeply felt by all of us: that the men and women of our country should receive equal pay for equal work," said Bachelet, who signed the bill into law on Jun. 2.

According to the National Institute of Statistics, women workers in Chile earn on average 31.1 percent less than men. But among professionals, the wage gap is as high as 49.8 percent, according to the Labour Directorate.

The law states that employers must abide by the principle of equal remuneration for men and women who do work of equal value. However, differences in pay based on objective grounds, including employee skills and qualifications, fitness, responsibility or productivity, "shall not be considered arbitrary," it says.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Jun 6th, 2009 at 11:36:36 AM EST
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We've had equal pay legislation in the UK for nearly 40 years.  Good luck to Chile.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sat Jun 6th, 2009 at 11:45:30 AM EST
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World War One's Oldest Survivor Henry Allingham Celebrates 113th Birthday With Royal Navy | UK News | Sky News

The veteran soldier also holds the record as the last survivor of the Battle of Judland, the last surviving member of the Royal Naval Air Service and the last surviving founding member of the Royal Air Force.

The Royal Navy and the RAF take it in turns to host Mr Allingham's party and this year it is being held at HMS President, a building overlooking the River Thames, near London's Tower Bridge.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sat Jun 6th, 2009 at 12:09:34 PM EST
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Curry a day could keep dementia away - Yahoo! News UK

Curcumin, an ingredient in turmeric, which is used widely in Indian cuisine, is believed to prevent changes in the brain by blocking the spread of amyloid plaques - toxic protein deposits thought to play a key role in Alzheimer's.

Members of the Royal College of Psychiatrists were told at their annual meeting in Liverpool that laboratory and animal studies have already produced strong evidence that curry combats dementia.

A clinical trial is now under way in California to test the effects of curcumin on a group of Alzheimer's patients.

Indian-born American expert Professor Murali Doraiswamy said: "You can modify a mouse so that at about 12 months its brain is riddled with plaques. If you feed it a curcumin-rich diet it dissolves these plaques. The same diet prevented younger mice from forming new plaques.

"The next step is to test curcumin on human amyloid plaque formation using newer brain scans and there are plans for that."

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sat Jun 6th, 2009 at 12:27:54 PM EST
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BBC NEWS | Education | Men 'out-performed at university'

Female students are ahead of men in almost every measure of UK university achievement, according to a report from higher education researchers.

A Higher Education Policy Institute report shows that women are more likely to get places in the top universities and go on to get better grades.

Women also outnumber men in high status subjects, such as law and medicine.

The institute's director, Bahram Bekhradnia, says the cause of this gender gap remains uncertain.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sun Jun 7th, 2009 at 06:55:43 AM EST
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theres a simillar report from the US i saw last week showing exactly the same there.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sun Jun 7th, 2009 at 06:56:29 AM EST
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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Jun 6th, 2009 at 11:08:07 AM EST
Minor Earthquake Rattles South Wales: Ipicentre Six Miles From Port Talbot | UK News | Sky News

The British Geological Survey (BGS) later confirmed there had been a quake with a magnitude of three on the Richter scale.

It said the epicentre was just over six miles north east of Port Talbot.

A spokeswoman for South Wales Police said: "Members of the public from the Wild Mill and Sarn area of Bridgend reported feeling a tremor."

She added: "There were no reports of damage or injuries."

The South Wales Fire and Rescue Service said they were informed about the earthquake by police but were not called out to assist any residents.

Cleaner Michelle Thomas said it was not the first earthquake the area has had this month.

The 36-year-old from Bryncethin, Bridgend, claims to have felt two other quakes earlier this month.

40 minutes from me. I didn't notice anything.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sat Jun 6th, 2009 at 12:08:30 PM EST
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Lottery Winner Neal Wanless: US Rancher Scoops One Of The Biggest Jackpots In US History | World News | Sky News

Neal Wanless from the aptly named town of Winner landed US$232m - just short of £143m - on Friday.

The single 23-year-old lives with his mother and father on the family's 320-acre ranch near Mission, where they raise cattle, sheep and horses.

They don't own a phone and a mobile home of theirs was repossessed last year, and records show they have fallen US$3,552 (£2,183) behind in their property taxes.

Mr Wanless bought US$15 worth of tickets to the May 27 Powerball draw, which covers 30 US states, at a convenience store in Winner during a trip to buy livestock feed.

He said he intended to use the money to buy himself a bigger house and repay the kindness other townspeople had shown to his family over the years.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sat Jun 6th, 2009 at 12:10:57 PM EST
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Tiller suspect says he's 'being treated as a criminal'

Wichita, Kan. -- The man accused of killing Kansas abortion doctor George Tiller said Thursday from the county jail that he's "being treated as a criminal" even though he hasn't been convicted.

In a brief telephone conversation with the Associated Press, Scott Roeder also disputed what he called "broad-brush" characterizations of him as anti-government.

"I want people to stop and think. It is not anti-government, it is anti-corrupt government," said Roeder, who called from the Sedgwick County Jail in response to a written request for an interview.

Roeder, 51, of Merriam, Kan., has been charged with first-degree murder in Sunday's shooting of the late-term abortion provider at a Wichita church. Roeder, who also is accused of assaulting two witnesses, was arrested a few hours later.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sun Jun 7th, 2009 at 12:02:46 AM EST
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The man accused of killing Kansas abortion doctor George Tiller said Thursday from the county jail that he's "being treated as a criminal" even though he hasn't been convicted.

Yeah, stop calling us gutless murderers criminals, damn you!  LOL!

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.

by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Sun Jun 7th, 2009 at 08:09:08 AM EST
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