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  • Brussels to push for EU-wide minimum wage

    05/02/2012 11:33:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 17 April 2012
    The European Commission will propose tomorrow (18 April) introducing a minimum salary in countries like Germany where it does not exist yet, and raise wages where they are considered too low, according to a draft seen by EurActiv. Having a job is not a recipe against poverty in Europe. Indeed, more than 8% of European workers live with salaries that keep them below the poverty threshold, EU figures show. “The risk of in-work poverty is high, particularly in countries with uneven earnings distribution and low minimum wages, among people with temporary contracts and in low work intensity and single parent...
  • Parliament paves way for EU human rights 'czar'

    05/02/2012 11:30:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 19 April 2012
    The European Parliament voted overwhelmingly yesterday (18 April) to change the future direction of the EU's human rights policy and pave the way for a new position of "human rights czar". The report's author, British Labour MEP Richard Howitt (Socialists & Democrats), said the EU had finally "filled the gap" with the United States and would no longer lack the authority to make its case heard whenever human rights are violated across the globe—be it in Iraq, Syria or Burma. "Europe was negotiating improved trade terms with Gaddafi just four weeks before we started dropping bombs on him, and it...
  • Gingrich: Romney’s ‘Conservative Enough’ Compared To ‘Most Radical, Leftist Pres in American Hist'

    05/02/2012 11:11:41 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 107 replies
    Cnsnews.com ^ | May 2 2012 | Edwina mora
    While formally suspending his bid for the Republican presidential nomination on Wednesday, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said that he believes presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney is conservative enough when compared to “the most radical, leftist president in American history.” “And my answer is simple: compared to Barack Obama? You know this is not a choice between Mitt Romney and Ronald Reagan. This is a choice between Mitt Romney and the most radical, leftist president in American history.”
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- M106 Close Up

    05/02/2012 10:55:05 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    NASA ^ | May 03, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Close to the Great Bear (Ursa Major) and surrounded by the stars of the Hunting Dogs (Canes Venatici), this celestial wonder was discovered in 1781 by the metric French astronomer Pierre Mechain. Later, it was added to the catalog of his friend and colleague Charles Messier as M106. Modern deep telescopic views reveal it to be an island universe: a spiral galaxy around 30 thousand light-years across located only about 21 million light-years beyond the stars of the Milky Way. Along with prominent dust lanes and a bright central core, this colorful composite image highlights youthful blue star clusters...
  • Stay on the course. Christ love is the path to righteousness.

    05/02/2012 10:54:50 PM PDT · by jesus4life · 8 replies
    Faith | GOD-inspired
    The mind, the body, the soul, and the spirit. Think everyday where all of your members of your body are focused on; pray that it is on following JESUS. We are not perfect, and we are all a work in progress. But, may the focus, goal, and effort be made to constantly try to follow Jesus from head to toe, heart and soul, mind and spirit; this way we can live it.
  • Judge Tells Doctor It Is 'Inappropriate' To Say He Is A Christian At Work

    05/02/2012 10:48:47 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 16 replies
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | March 03, 2012 | Victoria Ward and John Bingham
    Judge Tells Doctor It Is 'Inappropriate' To Say He Is A Christian At Work A Christian doctor sacked after emailing a prayer to colleagues lost his claim for unfair dismissal after a tribunal judge ruled that there was no place for religious references at work. By Victoria Ward and John Bingham 03 May 2012 Dr David Drew, 64, told an employment tribunal that he was made to feel like a "religious maniac" after sending out the prayer by St Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, to motivate his department. But Employment Judge David Kearsley ruled that if complaints were made...
  • Russia’s Growing Influence in Ukraine: Economics and Energy

    05/02/2012 10:39:05 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 3 replies
    The Ukrainian government is negotiating the issue of ruble-denominated government bonds, making the country no longer reliant on IMF assistance. Ukraine’s 2010 IMF assistance package of $15.6 billion was suspended in March 2011 because of Ukraine’s refusal to continue with IMF reforms, in particular raising household utility prices to reduce subsidies to the state gas company Naftohaz Ukrainy. This confirms what the Nikolai Azarov government has been discussing since summer 2011 (see www.kyivpost.com/news/business/bus_general/detail/108197/; ubr.ua/finances/stock-market/ukraina-vypustit-obligacii-v-rubliah-53601). Three November 2011 auctions for three and five-year government bonds with 8.22 and 8.75 percent returns, respectively, failed to attract buyers, and a March issue of...
  • [Angels' Jered] Weaver throws first career no-hitter [vs. Twins]

    05/02/2012 10:19:44 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 10 replies
    MLB.com ^ | 5/3/2012 12:58 AM ET | Alden Gonzalez
    ANAHEIM -- The Angels' offense finally kicked into gear in the series finale against the Twins, but that wasn't even close to being the story. On Wednesday night, it was all about Jered Weaver, the ace pitcher who recorded his first no-hitter and the ninth individual no-hitter in Angels history, leading his club to a 9-0 victory that gave them the sweep and three straight wins for the first time this year. Weaver came in having given up just three runs in his last 21 2/3 innings. And prior to a two-out, seventh-inning walk to Josh Willingham, the only baserunner...
  • Ancient migration: Coming to America

    05/02/2012 10:12:27 PM PDT · by Theoria · 92 replies
    Nature ^ | 02 May 2012 | Adam Curry
    For decades, scientists thought that the Clovis hunters were the first to cross the Arctic to America. They were wrong — and now they need a better theory The mastodon was old, its teeth worn to nubs. It was perfect prey for a band of hunters, wielding spears tipped with needle-sharp points made from bone. Sensing an easy target, they closed in for the kill. Almost 14,000 years later, there is no way to tell how many hits it took to bring the beast to the ground near the coast of present-day Washington state. But at least one struck home,...
  • Bachmann endorsement expected in Romney's Portsmouth visit

    05/02/2012 10:07:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | May 3, 2012 | Julian Walker and Bill Bartel
    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will likely get more than face time with Virginia voters when he visits Portsmouth today. He's also expected to nab a key endorsement. Several Republican sources this week said Romney's campaign is developing plans to have U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota at the 1:15 p.m. event at Crofton Industries to announce her support for Romney. A darling of evangelicals and tea partyers, Bachmann briefly soared as a Republican presidential contender before withdrawing in January after a poor showing in the Iowa caucuses. An endorsement from her could lend some social conservative credentials to Romney...
  • US warns Bolivia that nationalisation of Red Electrica company will damage investment

    05/02/2012 10:03:54 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 5 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 5/2/2012 | Telegraph staff
    The US has warned Bolivia that its nationalisation of Spanish energy firm Red Electrica's local grid will damage the country's investment climate. The Bolivian President, Evo Morales, seized the Red Electrica subsidiary on Tuesday, just 15 days after Argentine President Cristina de Kirchner announced the expropriation of Spanish oil giant Repsol's YPF subsidiary. "This comes on the heels, obviously, of the Argentine announcement," State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters. "We are concerned by the Bolivian government's decision and announcement to nationalize the Spanish-owned electricity company. "These actions against foreign investors really dampen the investment climate in Bolivia, in Argentina,...
  • I need some help for my nine year-old nephew diagnosed with an aggressive cancer.

    05/02/2012 10:02:21 PM PDT · by proud American in Canada · 66 replies
    myself | May 3, 2012 | proud American in Canada
    My nine year-old nephew has been diagnosed with Adrenocortical carcinoma. My sister lives near Madison, Wisconsin, and is seeing a doctor there for him. He is on mitotane and probably some other drugs I'm not aware of. Apparently the prognosis is not good, like a one-in-five chance of making it through five years. A friend of mine mentioned the Children's Hospital in Philadelphia; apparently one of the best pediatric cancer specialists works there. My sister is doing everything, and I mean everything. Supplements, massage, Reiki therapy, in addition to everything the doctors recommend. She also has him enrolled in clinical...
  • CSU faculty authorizes strike for next fall

    05/02/2012 9:51:23 PM PDT · by SmithL · 15 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 5/2/12 | Timothy Sandoval
    California State University faculty announced today that they have approved a measure to give their union leaders the power to authorize a strike next fall that could delay the beginning of school for thousands of students across the 23-campus university system. At a noon press conference at Cal State Long Beach, the California Faculty Association announced that faculty had approved the measure by 95 percent of those who voted . . .
  • Pack and Go - Traveling with Heat

    05/02/2012 9:47:20 PM PDT · by BookaT · 18 replies
    Here is a nice little tool to plan your summer vacation with. If you don't have solid summer plans this might aid you in planning, to make sure you patronize states that get it. http://apps.carryconcealed.net/packngo/
  • Court: Ex-Bush aide protected from torture lawsuit { John Yoo }

    05/02/2012 9:46:24 PM PDT · by SmithL · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 5/2/12 | PAUL ELIAS
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- An appeals court on Wednesday tossed out a convicted terrorist's lawsuit accusing a high-ranking Bush administration lawyer who wrote the so-called "torture memos" of authorizing illegally harsh treatment of "enemy combatants." Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Yoo is protected from such lawsuits because the law defining torture and the treatment of enemy combatants was unsettled in the two years after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, when the memos were written, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said. The memos have been embroiled in national security politics for years after laying out a broad interpretation...
  • Dying mom gets early release of drug thanks to YouTube

    05/02/2012 9:39:52 PM PDT · by T Minus Four · 4 replies
    KSL ^ | 2 May 2012 | stephanie Grimes
    SALT LAKE CITY — A mom dying of cancer took to YouTube and inspired a pharmaceutical company to release to her a potentially life-saving drug before it was approved by the Food and Drug Administration. A compassionate use clause allows for people with no other treatment options to receive experimental treatments prior to FDA approval, which is what Darlene Gant was hoping for on April 16 when she uploaded a 20-minute video to YouTube, pleading with the FDA approve her use of the drug Pertuzumab before its expected June approval date. Gant, 46, had been told earlier in 2012 that...
  • Nanocrystal probes mimic viruses to gain entry into cells

    05/02/2012 9:28:13 PM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 20 April 2012 | Jennifer Newton
    US scientists have developed a method to deliver probes into cells to track the cells. Therapies such as those based on stem cells that require whole body tracking using non-invasive imaging, for example magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), would benefit from the probes.Current nanoparticle-based tracking systems rely on probes entering cells passively, which is inefficient because the probes often get sequestered in endosomes (compartments in cells that sort molecules for degradation or recycling back to the cell membrane). Now, a team from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory led by Brett Helms has avoided this problem by coating a nanocrystal probe with...
  • Third NBC staffer dismissed over misleading George Zimmerman 911 call edits

    05/02/2012 9:23:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    KDFW-TV ^ | May 2, 2012
    <p>MIAMI -- A third NBC staffer has lost their job over misleading edits to a 911 call made by murder accused George Zimmerman shortly before his fatal clash with Trayvon Martin.</p> <p>Lilia Luciano, a Miami-based reporter, has been off the air since March 31 and TV Newser reported Wednesday that she had been dismissed from the network she joined just 18 months ago.</p>
  • US Senate candidate Wendy Long predicts Obamacare will be overturned completely

    05/02/2012 9:15:20 PM PDT · by Sun · 14 replies
    Renew America ^ | May 1, 2012 | Michael Gaynor
    Total overturn of Obamacare would be a complete vindication of the rule of law and a complete disaster for President Obama (as well as for Long's chief rival, Kirsten Gillibrand, New York's junior United States Senator, an enthusiastic Obamacare supporter who should have known better than to vote for it). On April 2, 2012, SILive's Tom Wrobleski reported that a United States Supreme Court decision on the constitutionality of Obamacare is expected soon and "[t]he justices could uphold or overturn the entire law,...strike down the individual mandate only, or strike the mandate along with other provisions" (www.silive.com/news/index.ssf/2012/04/us_senate_candidate_wendy_long.html). That's all true,...
  • Miniature Horse Leads Police on Slow-Speed Chase

    05/02/2012 9:10:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    WTSP ^ | May 2, 2012
    Police business is usually pretty serious, but a pursuit in Fargo Sunday was the cause of a few giggles... if not outright guffaws. A miniature horse named Jellybean caused some big trouble for police officers when it escaped and led cops on a slow-speed chase. The little brown-and-white pony was taking part in a Girl Scout pet adoption event when he wiggled out of his halter and went on the lam. Jellybean is in training to be a therapy pet at the Hightail Horse Ranch and Rescue in Hawley, MN. The Hightail Rescue program works to adopt out rescued horses...