Sarkozy in UK to mark historic de Gaulle war broadcast

Sunday, June 20, 2010

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Nicolas Sarkozy visited the UK today to celebrate the 70th anniversary since Charles de Gaulle made his war broadcast. The French president and the Prince of Wales laid wreaths at the statue of Charles de Gaulle in London.

Earlier, Mr Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni visited the BBC radio studio where the famous broadcast was made on BBC France. The broadcast at the time was said to have been listened to by a very small number of listeners. Carla Bruni and Nicolas Sarkozy unveiled a plaque and viewed a tapestry given to the BBC by France as a note of gratitude after World War II.

Nicolas Sarkozy and British PM David Cameron met with 200 veterans during a ceremony at the Royal Hospital Chelsea. Nicolas Sarkozy awarded the Légion d’honneur to six World War II veterans, three of whom were British.

In a short speech, Mr Cameron said the anniversary was a “reminder that Britain and France are not just neighbours in the geographical sense but also in the emotional sense.” Mr Cameron held an hour of talks with the French president at Downing Street primarily focusing on economics, Afghanistan, and other foreign policy matters. The visit is the first by a French president to mark Gen de Gaulle’s broadcast on June 18, 1940. In the stirring radio appeal, Gen de Gaulle declared himself leader of the “Free French”, spawning the French Resistance, which went on to play a crucial role in defeating the Germans.

Mr Sarkozy’s last official visit to the UK was in March 2008, when he was also accompanied by his wife.

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Hurricane-force winds kill 15 people as storm hits Europe

Sunday, January 25, 2009

As a storm swept across parts of France and Spain on Saturday and Sunday, it left 15 people dead. Its winds were recorded up to 190km/h (118 mph), which are hurricane-force winds.

The storm made landfall near to Bordeaux, France at 5:00 am Central European Time on Saturday the 24th January. It traveled south-eastwards towards the south-east coast of France throughout Saturday morning, finally reaching there at 1:00 pm. It is expected to head north-eastwards over Italy and the Adriatic Sea, but without causing damage. Low pressure systems are fairly common in Europe at this time of year. Some reports have called it the storm of the decade; BBC meteorologist Alex Deakin said “Saturday’s storm is being described as the most damaging since that of December 1999 which killed 88 people.”

Four children aged between 9 and 12 died at a sports hall in Sant Boi de Llobregat, near Barcelona. The children intended on playing baseball, but sought shelter inside a covered area made of concrete with a corrugated iron roof. The structure collapsed, as a result of the wind. Local people and fire-fighters were at the scene in aiding children to escape the rubble. Three children died at the scene, a fourth died in hospital and 16 have been treated for injuries.

Other fatalities include a woman, who died after a wall collapsed and a man struck by a falling tree in the Barcelona area. In Landes, south-west France, a falling tree struck a driver; a 78-year-old man was hit by debris and another man, aged 75, was crushed by a tree. A wall crushed a man in Aigues de Busot in the south-east of Spain. A policeman was struck by a falling tree as he directed traffic in Burela and a sailor from a cargo ship died when the vessel got into trouble off the coast of Galicia. In Burgos, Spain, a woman was crushed by a door.

Approximately 1.7 million homes in France and tens of thousands of homes in Spain experienced power cuts. A woman, aged 73, died in France after a power-outage stopped her breathing machine. Road and rail links were blocked and airports closed. Airports in Bordeaux, Biarritz, Pau and Toulouse were shut, as well as train services, leaving hundreds of passengers stranded overnight.

Michèle Alliot-Marie, the French interior minister, stated that in addition to the 300 civil security agents located in the Landes region of France, another 715 agents would be deployed. She also expressed her intent to fly there today, after the high winds have decreased. French President Nicolas Sarkozy told reporters he would travel to the affected area tomorrow. In Bordeaux’s Gironde region, 19 residents of a retirement home were evacuated by rescuers following its rooftop being blown away. Authorities have also evacuated campers from the pine forests in Landes.

Thousands were evacuated from nearby housing estates in La Nucía, north of Benidorm in Alicante, as the Spanish Army helped to fight a forest fire, which was started by a felled electricity pylon. There were also forest fires in the region of Catalonia, while Spain put emergency services on high alert. Waves over 20 metres high were registered off the northern coast of Spain and dolphins were stranded on beaches in the region as a result of high winds.

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Selling Tips For Properties With A Bad View

Submitted by: Randy Walker

Sliding glass doors may seem like an obstacle when it comes to selling those special properties. You know the ones: they have sliders that look directly into a neighboring unit, face a parking lot, common area or worse.

Show the property with the blinds closed and the room will seem dark, leave the blinds open and you can almost feel the excitement leave the buyers faces as they look through that glass wall. Being an enterprising agent, you try angling the blinds to give the room as much light as possible while minimizing the immediate impact of the view and hope for the best. You know eventually they all sell, but often with a selling price thousands of dollars less than the same unit with a better view.

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A $100 alternative, to a reduced selling price, is decorating those glass doors with an adhesive-free etched glass film called Wallpaper For Windows. ( ) . This decorative window film will turn the negative into a positive by transforming that clear glass wall into expensive-looking custom glass doors that conceal the undesirable view. With open blinds the room is energized with natural light from beautiful etched glass doors and the importance of the view is minimized.

Buyers should be told that the doors are decorated and the Wallpaper For Windows film can be left on or removed. There is an advantage to decorating the glass doors instead of leaving them plain: the room is always presented with the best lighting and the view is always obscured. Once buyers know there is a solution to the undesirable view, the issue will be minimized. (The film is adhesive-free and can be removed in seconds; there are no removal issues.)

The important thing to remember is that it must be an adhesive-free static-cling film like Wallpaper For Windows! . The static cling film installation is easy and has beautiful results. Adhesive-backed films are difficult to remove and not recommended for this situation. (Also beware of window films that have to be seamed together to cover a piece of glass. When the windows are washed, the seams catch some of the dirt, after a few washings the seams start becoming black lines instead of invisible.)

For the seller, Wallpaper For Windows is an inexpensive solution to maintain the desired selling price. For the realtor, with the view replaced by decorative glass doors, the unit will sell faster and commissions will not be reduced.

About the Author: Randy Walker is a retired window film installer and a firm believer in the benefits of the new decorative window films. His articles and website

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On the campaign trail in the USA, October 2020

Monday, November 2, 2020

The following is the sixth and final edition of a monthly series chronicling the 2020 United States presidential election. It features original material compiled throughout the previous month after an overview of the month’s biggest stories.

This month’s spotlight on the campaign trail: the Free and Equal Elections Foundation holds two presidential debates, three candidates who did not participate in those debates give their final pleas to voters, and three political pundits give their predictions on the outcome of the election.

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Cheap Holidays How Do I Get The Most For My Money?

Submitted by: Julie Spooner

Many travel websites offer ‘cheap holidays’- but many potential holiday-makers eventually get put off by hidden chages and confusing pricing structures. Here we will tell you the easiest ways to save so you really feel like you got a good deal.

Pay in instalments.

Search for ‘holiday deposit’ online and you will find many sites offering deposits for as low as 50 GBP. There can also be hefty discounts on holidays booked in advance, and some agents offer a discount as well as a deposit scheme, so you can save money and pay in installments!

Book in advance.

Despite the claims from websites offering last minute discounts there can be some real bargains found far in advance. About 6 months in advance is a good time to search for holidays as agents will be eager to fill slots for the next season.

Avoid the school holidays.

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This may not be an option if you have children, but if you don’t have kids then you will find prices shoot up during the school holidays.

Fly on Inconvenient Days.

Christmas day can be one of the cheapest flight days of the year, along with New Year’s Eve. So if you don’t mind missing the festivities there are great deals to be found. Mid-week is also a good time to fly as there can quite often be less demand.

Don’t Stay in a Hotel.

Self-catering apartments can be found at knock-down prices out of season and have the added advantage of saving you money on food.

A ‘pension’ is another word for a boarding house on the continent and in some parts of South America and the rooms are often very comfortable – just a little less expensive-looking.

Hostels are great for young travellers, but may become tedious for those looking for a quiet holiday.

Cook for Yourself.

If you find yourself a self-catering apartment or hostel (most have kitchens) you can save a fortune on food. Eating out is one of the pleasures of going abroad, but equally you can make delicious lunches and breakfasts using local fresh ingredients and save your money for other things. Take a cookbook from the country you are holidaying in and experiment with new flavours.

Go All-inclusive.

Although these holidays can seem expensive they can save you a lot of money on flights, food and drinks. Look for package deals in countries which have a currency that is weak against the pound. Resorts are great for children – and even if you prefer a more ‘authentic’ holiday you may find it is cheaper to stay in the resort and go on day trips.

Avoid Touristy Areas

Shopping and eating areas that cater to tourists are often far more expensive, and, sometimes, worse quality, than eateries and shops that are for locals. If you become friendly with the locals then ask for their recommendations- you can find hidden gems this way that you would never have found otherwise!

Shop Around

Shopping for holidays online can make your head spin sometimes. Sign-up to email newsletters from a number of holiday agents (remember that airlines sometimes offer holidays too) and you will sometimes be sent exclusive special offers.

We wish you a thrifty and enjoyable holiday!

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US adds 173,000 jobs in August; unemployment rate drops to seven year low

Monday, September 7, 2015

The US economy added 173,000 jobs in August, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Friday. The unemployment rate fell from 5.3 to 5.1 percent, the lowest since April 2008.

Although August job gains were lower than most economists forecast, job growth numbers for June and July were revised upwards by a combined 44,000. Average job gains over the past three months stand at 221,000, compared to March-May’s 189,000 monthly average. Over the past twelve months, job growth has averaged 247,000 per month.

Average hourly earnings rose 0.3 percent, or 8 cents, marking the largest increase in earnings in seven months. Hourly earnings had risen by 6 cents in July. Wages have risen by 2.2 percent over the past year.

Job growth in August was primarily concentrated in the health care and social assistance, financial activities, and professional and business services sectors. Those three areas of the economy added a combined 108,000 jobs. Food service and drinking places employment increased by 26,000 over the month, and other economic sectors saw employment hold steady. Manufacturing, on the other hand, saw employment decline by 17,000 in August. A stronger dollar and worldwide economic weakness make US exports less desirable, leading to a flattening in manufacturing employment so far this year after steadily rising in the early years of the US economic recovery.

The solid overall job gains led analysts to slightly raise expectations for a decision by the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates this month. Investors raised the likelihood of a September rate increase from 26 percent before the jobs report to 30 percent, and stocks dropped by over one percent on Friday. “The payrolls data is certainly good enough to allow for a Fed rate hike in September,” said Deutsche Bank’s head of currency strategy, Alan Ruskin. “The big question is still whether financial market volatility will scupper the plans.”

“This is the first time the market has looked at a Fed meeting and really has no idea what the Fed is going to do,” said Mark Kepner, a New Jersey equity trader with Themis Trading. “Right now you’re looking at the overall uncertainty and that’s what’s hanging on the market. I don’t think this number in and of itself changes how somebody’s going to vote.”

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UK drivers urged not to panic buy during delivery strikes

Friday, June 13, 2008

British drivers have been urged not to panic buy fuel because of the 4-day walkout by delivery drivers working for companies delivering to Shell petrol stations. The 600 workers have walked out over pay disagreements, wanting an increase to their current pay of £36,500, however their union Unite turned down a last-minute offer of £41,500.

Hoyer UK, which employs tanker drivers for Shell, said, “We extended our offer to the very limits that our business could sustain.” However Unite said in a press release that, “this dispute could have been resolved if Shell had advanced a fraction of the billions of pounds in profit they make every month”, continuing to say, “one of the world’s richest companies is prepared to play Pontius Pilate and see the British public inconvenienced rather than settle this dispute for a sum smaller than the chairman’s pay increase last year”

Shell admitted that the walkout could leave some of its 1,000 forecourts without fuel, but the UK Petrol Industry Association, which represent oil refiners, said that forecourts would have around 4 days of supply, maintaining usual stocking levels. Shell also commented that the strike impact would be “significant”, as the company runs around 1 in 10 of all petrol stations in the UK.

British Business Secretary, John Hutton, said that “the strike, which will have a disproportionate effect on people in Britain, cannot be justified,” and urged both sides to resume negotiations in order to settle the dispute. “We have been working closely with industry to put in place detailed contingency plans to reduce as far as possible the disruption for the driving public,” he added. Unite’s press release also confirms that “provision has been made for fire, police and the emergency services.”

Tanker drivers on strike have set up picket lines at many of Shell’s UK refineries, including those in Stanlow, Avonmouth, Plymouth, Pembroke, Cardiff, Kingsbury, Basildon, Grangemouth, Aberdeen, Inverness, Jarrow and Luton Airport.

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Drawbacks Of Rent To Own Real Estate

By Kim Lee

Just like any type of real estate deal, you need to be aware of the downfalls that go along with a rent to own property. As you can imagine, every aspect of rent to own real estate is not perfect. There are some things that you are going to have to get over if you are going to move forward with rent to own real estate. But when you think about it, buying and renting both have their drawbacks as well. To get the most out of rent to own real estate, you should consider the pros and cons. If you do this, it is safe to say that you will know for sure what you are getting yourself into.

Many people feel that the biggest drawback of rent to own real estate is that they are not totally aware of what they are getting into. For this reason, they are a bit apprehensive about doing business with a landlord. After all, the landlord probably has the upper hand because they know what rent to own real estate is all about. If you are going to get involved in this type of transaction, you should really consider every last detail. This way, you make it much harder to be taken advantage of.

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Another drawback of rent to own real estate is that you are wasting time if you are planning on purchasing a home. Of course, if you are not in a huge hurry this is not something that you should concern yourself with. The fact of the matter is that rent to own real estate deals sometimes take a long time to develop. But as you can imagine, a lot of this has to do with the type of contract that is in place. You may be able to rent the property for several months before deciding on a purchase, or you may have to wait more than a year. Talk about this with the landlord so that you get the best rent to own real estate deal.

Although rent to own real estate has many benefits, you want to make sure that you look at both sides of the story. The worst thing you could do would be to ignore the downfalls of this type of real estate. If you do this, your rent to own real estate could come back to bite you.

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Ontario Votes 2007: Interview with Libertarian candidate Larry Stevens, Kitchener-Conestoga

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Larry Stevens is running for the Libertarian Party in the Ontario provincial election, in the Kitchener-Conestoga riding. Wikinews’ Nick Moreau interviewed him regarding his values, his experience, and his campaign.

Stay tuned for further interviews; every candidate from every party is eligible, and will be contacted. Expect interviews from Liberals, Progressive Conservatives, New Democratic Party members, Ontario Greens, as well as members from the Family Coalition, Freedom, Communist, Libertarian, and Confederation of Regions parties, as well as independents.

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