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  • Welcome To The World's Nicest Prison (Summer-Camp-Like Island Prison in Southern Norway)

    05/25/2012 9:07:16 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 6 replies
    ABC 7 News Denver ^ | May 24, 2012 | John D. Sutter CNN
    Welcome To The World's Nicest Prison BASTOY, Norway (CNN) -- Jan Petter Vala, who is serving a prison sentence for murder, has hands the size of dinner plates and shoulders like those of an ox. In an alcoholic rage, he used his brutish strength to strangle his girlfriend to death a few years ago. On a recent Thursday, however, at this summer-camp-like island prison in southern Norway, where convicts hold keys to their rooms and there are no armed guards or fences, Vala used those same enormous hands to help bring life into the world. The 42-year-old murderer stood watch...

    05/11/2012 4:51:49 AM PDT · by lward99 · 9 replies
    Times247 ^ | 05/11/12 | Jeff Kuhner
    The European Union is about to crack up. Its disintegration is now inevitable. This is the real meaning of recent elections in France and Greece. French voters decided to oust President Nicolas Sarkozy, choosing the Socialist Party’s candidate Francois Hollande. The result was predictable, and in some ways deserved. The conservative incumbent came to power in 2007 promising economic reform, overhauling France’s bloated welfare state and cracking down on illegal immigrants. Instead, Mr. Sarkozy piled up record deficits, imposed massive tax hikes and oversaw the loss of France’s triple-A credit rating. The French economy became subservient to Germany, dependent upon...
  • Spain's jobless rate surges to 20.33%

    01/30/2011 12:02:39 PM PST · by Nachum · 32 replies
    yahoo ^ | 1/30/11 | afp
    MADRID (AFP) – Spain announced Friday its jobless rate surged to a 13-year record above 20 percent at the end of 2010, the highest level in the industrialized world, as the economy struggled for air. It was more bad news for an economy fighting to regain the trust of financial markets and avoid being trapped in a debt quagmire that has engulfed Greece and Ireland and now menaces Portugal. Another 121,900 people joined Spain's unemployment queues in the final quarter of the year, pushing the total to 4.697 million people, said the national statistics institute INE. The resulting unemployment rate...
  • Immigration detention agreement

    06/16/2010 3:13:02 PM PDT · by Bad~Rodeo · 9 replies · 292+ views
    OA online ^ | June 16, 2010 2:14 PM | MICHELLE ROBERTS
    SAN ANTONIO— In an agreement U.S. immigration officials hope will begin to reshape the entire 30,000-bed detention system, some asylum-seekers and immigrants awaiting deportation proceedings could soon be held in facilities where they can wear their own clothes, participate in movie and bingo nights, eat continental breakfasts, and celebrate holidays with visiting family members. It could end confinement in prison-like facilities — complete with razor wire, jail-style uniforms, armed guards and partitions that prevent physical contact with loved ones — for those who have never been convicted of a crime and are not considered a threat. Corrections Corporation of America,...
  • Funds flee Greece as Germany warns of "fatal" eurozone crisis

    01/28/2010 2:06:57 PM PST · by ScaniaBoy · 12 replies · 719+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 28 January 2010 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Germany has triggered a near-panic flight from southern European debt markets by warning that there will be no EU bail-outs, even though it fears the region's economic crisis has turned dangerous and could prove "fatal" for the entire eurozone. The yield on 10-year Greek bonds blasted upwards by over 40 basis points to 7.15pc in a day of wild trading. Spreads over German Bunds reached almost four percentage points, by far the highest since Greece joined the euro, and close to levels that risk a self-feeding spiral. Contagion hit Portuguese, Spanish, Irish, and Italian bonds. George Papandreou, the Greek premier,...
  • Will debt crisis push Euro to breaking point?

    03/09/2008 9:57:57 PM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 65 replies · 1,923+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 10 March, 2008 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Europe's monetary union may be tested to near breaking point as the economic downturn engulfs the bloc's southern tier, and German investors cut off a crucial source of foreign funding, according a hard-hitting report by the Swiss bank UBS. "The coming two years are likely to prove the most testing time for the coherence of the single currency to date," said Meyrick Chapman, the bank's Europe strategist. "We expect that it will emerge unbroken. There is too much political and economic capital invested to break the project. However, adjustments are likely to be severe," he said. UBS warned of a...
  • Cyprus and Malta tip Euro balance

    12/31/2007 7:44:21 AM PST · by ScaniaBoy · 2 replies · 166+ views
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 31/12/2007 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Cyprus and Malta will tomorrow embrace the euro, boosting Europe's monetary union to 15 states and adding another two Club Med votes to the policy board of the European Central Bank. The two islands - one near the coast of Africa and the other kissing the Levant - make up just 0.3pc of eurozone GDP and barely flicker on the radar screen of the 320m-strong currency bloc. Yet their arrival marks a crucial stage in the declining dominance of the German Bundesbank. The Latin and Hellenic cluster of states now has a majority of the votes on the governing council...
  • Fewer and fewer colleges requiring swimming test to graduate

    05/07/2006 11:30:26 AM PDT · by Dog Gone · 115 replies · 2,583+ views
    associated press ^ | May 7, 2006 | JUSTIN POPE
    On a recent Friday morning, a line of bathing-suit clad students stood beside a campus swimming pool, waiting to jump in. They had come to persuade the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill they were worthy of a college degree — which they were not, in UNC's eyes, until they could swim 50 yards and tread water for five minutes.For many, it was an annoying inconvenience, for others a moment of pride in conquering their fear of water. But the scene also was a small slice of collegiate history. This was the last swim test day at one of...
  • Fateful Albania Beach Could Be Next Club Med Hit

    02/09/2005 8:17:02 PM PST · by mark502inf · 4 replies · 626+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | By Benet Koleka
    KAKOME BAY, Albania (Reuters) - On a midsummer night 20 years ago, a tall Frenchman beached his small sailing boat near Kakome Bay on the forbidding coast of communist Albania, then the world's most isolated country. The two young border guards patrolling the shore readied their Kalashnikovs. They stayed calm even when the figure drew what looked like a light rifle, their friends told Reuters. But when he spoke to them in a language they did not understand, they panicked and shot him dead. He later turned out to be a manager for the trend-setting French resort chain Club Mediterranee....
  • Miami woman sues Club Med over Cuban beach

    07/11/2004 12:25:08 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 35 replies · 1,112+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 7/9/04 | UPI
    MIAMI, FL, Jul. 9 (UPI) -- A Cuban-born woman living in Miami has sued Club Med, claiming the French resort chain built on land confiscated from her family. "I don't see any reason why Club Med should be there," Elvira de la Vega Glen told the Miami Herald Friday. "They didn't buy it from me. What would you think if someone just went ahead and built something on your land without asking? I'm furious." Club Med opened the 337-room hotel on Varadero Beach in 1997 and sold it last year to a Spanish hotel company, Grupo Pinero. Stuart Newberger, Glen's...