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  • French Parliament pushes ‘fast-food’ tax

    03/26/2014 10:21:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 24/03/2014 - 17:47 | Kelly Thomas
    A senatorial report proposes a junk-food tax on products that cause cardiovascular diseases. The tax aims specifically at soft drinks, which currently benefit from low taxes. EurActiv France reports. Similar to steps taken by other European countries, a new junk-food tax is doing the rounds in the French parliament. […] The senators who led the report, Yves Daudigny (socialist) and Catherine Deroche (UMP), encourage talk of “contribution to public health” and not the frequently used term “behavioral taxation”. …
  • Six held over violence in France after police check veiled woman

    07/20/2013 7:15:44 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 20, 2013 | By Chine Labbe and Alexandria Sage
    Six people were arrested after overnight violence that erupted in a Paris suburb after police checked the identity of a woman wearing a Muslim veil. It is illegal in France for women to wear full face veils in public but the law is contested in the mainly Muslim suburbs that ring major cities - where tensions reign in relations between residents and police. In Trappes, a gritty suburb southwest of Paris, police said a crowd gathered in response to the arrest on Thursday of a man who had assaulted a police officer during an identity check on his wife, who...
  • Portugal Unveils Budget Cuts

    05/03/2013 4:38:15 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 1 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 3, 2013 | By PATRICIA KOWSMANN
    LISBON - Portugal's prime minister laid out a three-year plan Friday to reduce the country's budget deficit that would shrink the number of public employees, add more working hours and raise the retirement age by a year, to 66. The plan, which aims to save €4.8 billion ($6.1 billion) through 2015, is certain to face resistance from the Socialist-led opposition and trade unions. They accuse the conservative government of trying harder to satisfy Portugal's international creditors than to spare the country - the poorest in Western Europe - from further hardship. Portugal, entering the third year of a recession with...
  • (Freedom of Choice, Comrades!) North Koreans Allowed to Choose from 28 State-Approved Haircuts

    03/03/2013 10:45:18 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 44 replies
    WantChinaTimes.com ^ | 2013-02-23 | Maggie Kuo and Charlie Storrar
    Capita list: North Korea approves 28 model socialist hairstyles It's not just nuclear weapons proliferating on the Korean peninsula these days. In a move that for once is not considered a threat to regional and global security, the North Korean government has recommended a relatively generous range of 28 hairstyles for its citizens, claiming that they are "the most comfortable" styles and capable of warding off the corrupting effects of capitalism, according to ifeng.com, a news website run by Hong Kong's Phoenix TV network. Pictures can be seen on the walls of hair salons around the country showing the approved...
  • Surgeon 'cut off patient's testicle by mistake'

    04/21/2010 6:41:36 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 31 replies · 891+ views
    The Daily Mal ^ | April 20, 2010 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Surgeon 'cut off patient's testicle by mistake' A patient lost a testicle during an operation after the surgeon accidentally cut it off, the medical watchdog was told today. Dr Sulieman Al Hourani was only supposed to cut out a cyst on the patient's right testis, but instead he 'mistakenly' removed the whole testicle, the General Medical Council (GMC) heard. Dr Al Hourani, who worked as a locum surgeon at Fairfield General Hospital in Bury, Greater Manchester, is accused of misconduct over the error and faces further charges of injecting himself with a drug meant for a patient and stealing tablets....
  • 1 in 5 breast cancer hormone tests wrong. Quebec pathologists fear

    05/28/2009 8:44:54 AM PDT · by Chief Engineer · 10 replies · 281+ views
    CBC News ^ | May 27, 2009CB | CBC News
    Hundreds of women in Quebec with breast cancer may have been prescribed the wrong treatment because of faulty pathology tests, a CBC News investigation has found. In Newfoundland and Labrador, the issue surfaced recently, as Eastern Health's pathology lab turned over inaccurate hormone receptor tests to almost 400 patients over an eight-year period. More than 100 women died
  • Europe’s War on Free Speech

    01/30/2009 7:32:18 AM PST · by AJKauf · 7 replies · 561+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | January 30 | Soeren Kern
    Muslims aren't the only ones trying to restrict free speech in Europe. In Britain, for example, the government is facing pressure from homosexual rights activists to overturn a free speech protection amendment added to a controversial “gay hate” law. The free speech protection clause, which states that criticizing homosexual practice or urging people to refrain from such conduct will not, in itself, be a crime, was added to the new offense of “incitement to homophobic hatred.” But now the government wants to remove that protection. The crime of inciting homophobic hatred includes any words or behavior which is threatening and...
  • Baroness Warnock: Dementia sufferers may have a 'duty to die'

    09/18/2008 8:30:30 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 50 replies · 1,494+ views
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | September 19, 2008 | Martin Beckford
    The veteran Government adviser said pensioners in mental decline are "wasting people's lives" because of the care they require and should be allowed to opt for euthanasia even if they are not in pain. She insisted there was "nothing wrong" with people being helped to die for the sake of their loved ones or society. The 84-year-old added that she hoped people will soon be "licensed to put others down" if they are unable to look after themselves. Her comments in a magazine interview have been condemned as "immoral" and "barbaric", but also sparked fears that they may find wider...
  • Blogger arrests hit record high

    06/18/2008 12:47:12 PM PDT · by GauchoUSA · 17 replies · 155+ views
    bbc ^ | June 16, 2008
    More bloggers than ever face arrest for exposing human rights abuses or criticising governments, says a report. Since 2003, 64 people have been arrested for publishing their views on a blog, says the University of Washington annual report.
  • Dengue fever surges in Latin America

    09/29/2007 5:56:18 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 13 replies · 144+ views
    Houston Chronicle/AP ^ | Sept. 29, 2007 | MICHAEL MELIA
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Dengue fever is spreading across Latin America and the Caribbean in one of the worst outbreaks in decades, causing agonizing joint pain for hundreds of thousands of people and killing nearly 200 so far this year. The mosquitoes that carry dengue are thriving in expanded urban slums scattered with water-collecting trash and old tires. Experts say dengue is approaching record levels this year as many countries enter their wettest months. "If we do not slow it down, it will intensify and take a greater social and economic toll on these countries," said Dr. Jose Luis...
  • Why not have a caliphate in Indonesia? (WHAT THE HELL?)

    09/19/2007 6:47:25 PM PDT · by Alouette · 19 replies · 553+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Sept. 19, 2007 | Fachrizal Halim
    The Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI) hosted the International Khilafah Conference last month. Since this event, Indonesian mass media has been discussing the pros and cons of implementing a caliphate system in Indonesia which involves the formal application of shari'a as the legal code for the umma - Muslim community, under a head of state, or a caliph, who traditionally had both political and spiritual authority. Those who are for the implementation of such a system, especially the HTI itself, cite that the obligation to enforce a caliphate system is based on the religious order to establish God's law for the...
  • Court ordered payout 30 years after divorce

    06/30/2007 10:21:56 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 32 replies · 1,763+ views
    telegraph ^ | 28 June 2007
    A wealthy retired builder was ordered to pay more money to the woman he divorced nearly 30 years ago after a judge heard she had "fallen on hard times", the Court of Appeal was told yesterday. Dennis North, 70, was divorced from his first wife Jean, 61, in 1978 - a year after finding out she was having an affair with the man she later went to live with. In 1981 he made a financial settlement with the woman he married in 1964, buying her a house and investments. Over the years, he increased her assets so that she would...
  • English Lessons; Huddled Classes Yearning to Learn Free

    06/12/2007 2:55:26 PM PDT · by llevrok · 20 replies · 532+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 6/12/07 | MIRIAM JORDAN
    Queens Community House in Jackson Heights, N.Y., doesn't advertise its free English courses, but for many years its lotteries for places in the class drew hordes that required police presence. A new system has eliminated the crowds -- and the need for cops -- but competition for spaces remains fierce: Three out of four interested applicants are turned away. "People plead and cry on the day the names are posted," says director K.C. Williams, an 18-year veteran of English-language programs. "You cannot imagine how much these immigrants want to learn English. Demand is off the charts." English classes are crowded...
  • Islamism, A Disease Of The Muslim World

    06/11/2007 1:54:35 PM PDT · by Valin · 102 replies · 1,530+ views
    Middle East Transparent ^ | 6/10/07 | Samir Khalil Samir, sj
    Literal interpretations of the Koran emerge when Islam finds itself in moments of crises and are at the root of extremist violence. The Imams further its’ spread. Muslims must be encouraged to reject this invasive interpretation. The second in a series of articles. Islamism, not to be confused with Islam, is a threat to the survival of the very religion it claims to represent and to the entire world. Until thirty years ago, there was one single word in the Arab language to refer to “Muslim”, and it was Muslim. Then, starting with Egypt, a second noun came into use...
  • {Saudi] Partygoers to be Flogged

    02/06/2007 5:25:02 PM PST · by abu afak · 48 replies · 1,562+ views
    news24 ^ | 2/4/07
    Riyadh - A Saudi Arabian court has convicted and sentenced 20 foreigners to receive lashes and spend several months in prison for attending a party where alcoholic drinks were served and men and women danced, a Saudi newspaper reported on Sunday. The kingdom's religious police arrested 433 foreigners, including more than 240 women, for attending the "impudent" party in Jiddah, the state-guided newspaper Okaz reported. It did not identify the foreigners, give their nationalities or say when the party took place. Judge Saud al-Boushi sentenced the 20 to three to four month in prison and ordered them to receive an...
  • First Trio "Married" in The Netherlands

    09/28/2005 5:18:08 PM PDT · by bahblahbah · 101 replies · 3,416+ views
    The Brussels Journal ^ | 2005-09-27 | Paul Belien
    The Netherlands and Belgium were the first countries to give full marriage rights to homosexuals. In the United States some politicians propose “civil unions” that give homosexual couples the full benefits and responsibilities of marriage. These civil unions differ from marriage only in name. Meanwhile in the Netherlands polygamy has been legalised in all but name. Last Friday the first civil union of three partners was registered. Victor de Bruijn (46) from Roosendaal “married” both Bianca (31) and Mirjam (35) in a ceremony before a notary who duly registered their civil union. “I love both Bianca and Mirjam, so I...
  • NEIL DIAMOND

    08/12/2005 4:03:44 AM PDT · by 7thson · 81 replies · 2,743+ views
    My wife and I went to the Neil Diamond concert the other night at the MCI Center in Washington, DC. There were about 18,000 people there and he puts on a great show. Did over two hours of songs with no intermission. Not bad for a guy in his 60's. He brings in a fantastic cross section of people. People from their teens to their 60's; white, black, Chinese, Indian, etc. My wife and I saw him for the first time in 2001. It was about a week after 9/11 and we did not know if they would still have...
  • Man shot in (Pentecostal) church; Bombs found; pig farms attacked by Muslims. INDONESIA

    11/01/2004 4:47:16 PM PST · by miltonim · 2 replies · 324+ views
    Open Doors UK ^ | 10/28/2004 | Compass/Voice of the Martyrs
    Man shot in church Bombs found; pig farms attacked by Muslims. Christians in the Poso area of Indonesia have experienced renewed violence in recent weeks. This violence comes only a few months after many of the troops were withdrawn from the area, believing it was secure. Intermittent attacks by violent Islamists have threatened to re-ignite the tensions between Christians and Muslims. More than ten gunmen raided the village of Mauro on the night of 13 October. Going house-to-house, the gunmen would shout for help and wait for the occupants to come out. When the villagers would not come out, the...
  • Janitors trail in incomes, study says

    09/06/2002 4:18:09 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies · 95+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | September 6, 2002 | Marcella Bombardieri
    <p>Bolstering union claims that janitors have suffered greatly from the growing gap between rich and poor, a Northeastern University study shows that while college-educated, white-collar workers' incomes rose 30 percent over the past two decades, the janitors that clean their offices saw just an 8 percent boost in total earnings.</p>